- Builds Stronger Organizations: The social
sector is an expression of all people’s right to organize separate from the
state and the private sector. A healthy social sector is one which is plural,
independent and resilient. Their unique role includes advocacy, monitoring and
accountability. They also provide services and support to vulnerable and
marginalized groups. We believe that non-profits, one form of social sector
organization, and those who provide support to make them stronger can realize a
capacity dividend or a “return” on their investment in the form of greater
efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately greater social impact.
- Increases Investment in the Social Sector: Giving
directly and democratically to local nonprofit organizations is both an
expression of values and practical. We believe in community self-determination,
as opposed to change imposed from outside the community. In addition to being
socially just, we see funding directly and democratically as a cornerstone to
sustainable development. If giving directly is both valued and practical, the
Accelerator unearths and addresses the very real (and sometimes valid) concerns
that get in the way.
- Strengthens Partnerships: Social change
and the goal of just, equitable and sustainable development is not achieved by
individuals, organizations, communities, or governments acting alone. It
requires partnerships built on trust, equity and an understanding of one
another’s self-interest. We believe in facilitating meaningful connections
between grantmakers and the communities, organizations and networks with which
they work to address shared questions and challenges with humility, evidence of
impact, and an analysis of root causes.
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
In this work, we draw heavily
on design thinking to encourage continual experimentation, analysis, and
With every engagement, we
solutions – Impact is greatest when
solutions are led by the communities they are meant to benefit.
of impact – Social solutions must move
beyond intuition and assumptions. Data and rigorous analysis are the key to
accelerating measurable social change.
– If our goal is to change
the world, we must make sure every scarce philanthropic dollar spent is
leveraged in the most effective way possible.
Through our network of global partners, we provide coaching to nonprofits and social enterprises, pairing intellectual rigor with our experience and commitment to communities to help donors and investors find the best locally-driven solutions to invest in.
We use an Acceleration Cycle to guide our engagement with clients and partners.
“Sometimes the right intervention at the right time can change everything. This was that intervention for me, and will shape our work going forward. Thank you!”