About the Social Sector Accelerator

Your impact is our purpose.

The world is faced with a multitude of complex challenges. The Accelerator’s role is to support those closest to the challenges to identify, prioritize, and seek solutions to their challenges. We support those with resources, expertise, and the will to help address those challenges with humility and evidence of impact — to address the root causes or underlying systems that perpetuate exclusion and obstacles.

Established in 2014, the Accelerator is a wholly owned subsidiary of Counterpart International and is a 501c3 non-profit. Working with foundations, non-profits, networks, and investors committed to addressing global challenges and improving the lives of people in their communities, the Accelerator offers an opportunity to maximize return on investment by strengthening and increasing the impact of groups you support. With our help your social investment will go farther faster, through an increase in what we call the Capacity Dividend.™ Our organizational strengthening support builds a virtuous cycle of impact, organizational improvement, and increased support from donors. An improvement we call the Capacity Surge™.

In this work, we draw heavily on design thinking to encourage continual experimentation, analysis, and innovation.


Together with our local partners, we are improving health and nutrition, expanding access to education, strengthening climate resiliency, enhancing people’s livelihoods, and ensuring communities are governed more inclusively. In each project, we track our goals, monitor the progress, and evaluate impact.



Citizens around the world who are working to improve their lives.



Working alongside local partners to address challenges and opportunities.



In more than 20 countries around the world.



By developing leaders, strengthening organizations and building networks.