Nonprofit Accelerator


WE HELP FOUNDERS FLOURISH AS THEY BUILD REDEMPTIVE VENTURES

A mentorship-driven program, the Praxis Nonprofit Accelerator equips top ventures as they seek the redemptive edge in their industries. We accept just 12 startups, with up to two leaders per organization. 

We believe that Christian entrepreneurs who are spiritually serious, culturally astute, and in community have a unique ability to build a better society and demonstrate the beauty and goodness of the gospel across all of life. Christian founders and philanthropists typically have a hunch that they are called to a more comprehensively faithful approach to their work of venture and impact creation. However, the aims and practices of such an approach are unclear and seem more like fleeting feelings or reactions than a determined pursuit of a narrow way. The Praxis community seeks to help entrepreneurs operate more fully through a redemptive lens.

The program is built upon a deep examination of redemptive strategy (the venture’s expression and impact in the world); redemptive operations (its functions, processes, culture, and partnerships); and redemptive leadership (the founders’ character, motives, imagination, and practices).

 

Areas of focus

  • Expert mentorship in strategy and operations
  • Discipleship and spiritual formation
  • Clarity of mission and message
  • Access to values-aligned capital sources

 

"Praxis operates at such a high level of excellence. It's significantly grown my faith, expanded my leadership and skills, and given me a bigger vision for how New Story can make our most redemptive global impact."
Brett Hagler, Founder, New Story

The type of community that surrounds founders and ventures is the primary factor in shaping their health, vision, impact, culture, and success.


Community

Anchored by three gatherings over six months, during the program, Fellows personally interact with 25+ mentors through round table discussions and 15+ one-on-one dialogues. Mentors are seasoned entrepreneurs and executives in various fields. Fellows benefit enormously from the experiences of their peers. They encourage and challenge one another, engage in problem-solving sessions on key issues, and introduce one another to their own networks.

Throughout the program and beyond, our extended team serves the Fellows and growing community in a range of ways, including counsel on organizational development, introductions to potential board members, financial partners, and key hires, and prayer during difficult decisions.

 


Program Topics

Each Accelerator program is customized to the needs of the Fellows and the areas of expertise of the mentors. We leverage over 150 topics to create talks, workshops, and breakouts during our retreats. Every component of the program — whether it’s about leadership, strategy, or execution — is designed to explore the redemptive edge of the topic. Sample topics include:

The Sabbath Leader

Patterns of restoration and liberation

Innovation, Imagination, & Tradition

Leaning on the past to create the future

Building Your Team

Lessons in hiring and firing

Trends in Philanthropy

How the sector is thinking and changing

Difficult Conversations

Building a culture of feedback and decision-making

Mission Drift

Staying faithful to your organization’s roots

Replication and Transfer

Repeating your model in new environments

Nonprofit Financials

Stewardship, risk, and knowing your numbers

Founders and Board Chairs

A relationship that builds or breaks the organization

Being the CEO

The psychology of leadership

The Growing Organization

Operations through the nonprofit life cycle

 


WHAT FELLOWS GAIN

  • Personal access to successful social entrepreneurs, foundation leaders, and executives
  • Advanced level mentoring on the most critical organizational development topics (including but not limited to board development, program impact, fundraising plans/approaches, staffing, organizational pitches/storytelling, marketing, and personal/spiritual sustainability)
  • A lifetime network of incredible peers
  • Our core team to help with a strategic fundraising model, venture storytelling, and foundation readiness
  • An opportunity to meet and present in front of 35 Praxis friends and philanthropists in the Los Angeles area
  • An opportunity to present at the Finale to over 150+ philanthropists, convened within "The Gathering's" annual conference for Christian givers
  • The Praxis team: an ongoing group of advocates and connectors ready to help you thrive beyond the program
     

WE SELECT VENTURES THAT ARE

  • Led by serious Christians aiming to embody the gospel through a redemptive venture
  • Innovating their industry or social sector
  • Demonstrating high-growth momentum or impact
  • Aiming at a scalable vision and model
  • Still in early-stage (usually less than five years old)
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As we seek to build a diverse and inclusive community of entrepreneurs, we particularly encourage applications from

  • Women
  • Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Black, Latino, and Native/Indigenous people
  • Currently underrepresented regions globally, including sub-Saharan Africa, Latin & Central America and east Asia

 


 Gatherings

The Fellow experience is designed toward venture and founder-specific needs and opportunities, while also providing as many meaningful interactions with peers, mentors, and core team members within our limited time together. The in-person gatherings in New York and Los Angeles are fast-paced and fully-scheduled. Fellows leave the in-person gatherings with fresh ideas, practical templates and tools, new relationships, and actionable feedback.

 

The Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit

Location: Tarrytown, NY

The Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit brings together founders, mentors, philanthropists, and investors for vibrant conversation at the intersection of theology, culture, and entrepreneurship. At this first Summit, Nonprofit Fellows will engage with the framework and content of redemptive entrepreneurship, meet their cohort, and engage with the wider Praxis accelerator alumni community.

 

 

Gathering One

New York, NY

Just north of Manhattan during the summer of the beautiful Hudson Valley, our kickoff event gathers fellows, mentors, and Praxis core team together at a private lodge to examine organizational growth and personal leadership and sustainability. Fellows will share with and get to know their class and core team members, present their venture, and participate in informal meals, hikes, and shared spiritual practices together.

 

 

Gathering Two

Los Angeles, CA

Held at a private venue near the beaches of Los Angeles, Fellows and a new group of mentors will again convene to share progress and gain insights into the process of building high-impact organizations. Fellows reconvene to build on key learnings from the field and take the conversation to the next level of depth, alongside participating in informal meals, beach fun, and shared spiritual practices together.

 

 

Philanthropist Showcase

Dallas, TX

The program continues with an event held within The Gathering's annual conference for active Christian philanthropists. Fellows will share their vision for shaping culture through their venture with over 150 donors, fostering new relationships that oftentimes bear fruit in the months and years that follow. They will spend the final day reflecting and closing the program with their class and core team, and transition into the larger Praxis community of practice.

 

 

The Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit

Location: TBD

Fellows will participate in the annual Summit as a part of the wider community of practice and in welcoming the incoming cohort of Nonprofit Fellows. Following this event, we encourage fellows to consider the Summit as the annual gathering place for practitioners of redemptive entrepreneurship that they return to year over year.

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