The NpA Incubator

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The NpA Incubator


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Biblical Authority:

Biblical Authority Proverbs 11:14 (NIV) Proverbs 15:22 Proverbs 16:9 Acts 20:35 Galatians 6:9 1 Corinthians 15:58 Luke 14:28 Mark 10:42-45 Habakkuk 2:2 3


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Introduction Our services will include, but by no means be limited to, the following: 501(c)(3) Acquisition/ Reinstatement Transformative Community Engagement and Multidisciplinary Collaboration Organizational Development and Sustainability Strategic Planning Evidence-Based Programming Data-Driven Resource Allocation Economic Emancipation and Fundraising (UBIT Initiatives) Best Practices and Accountability Compliance Paradigm Shifting and Change Management Inner-City Strategic Revitalization Planning 5


Introduction The Incubation Process Unlike many business incubator programs, The NpA Incubator does not serve any and all organizations: Social Service entrepreneurs who wish to enter The NpA Incubator program must apply for admission; Acceptance criteria vary from program to program, but in general only those with well thought-out and workable Goals and Objectives are admitted. 6


Organizing The 501(c)(3) Acquisition Process Transformative Community Engagement and Multidisciplinary Collaboration  Organizational Development & Sustainability 7

The 501(c)(3) Acquisition Process:

The 501(c)(3) Acquisition Process To [qualify for] tax-exempt [status] under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. 8 In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

Transformative Community Engagement and Multidisciplinary Collaboration:

Transformative Community Engagement and Multidisciplinary Collaboration Transformative Community Engagement refers to the process by which community benefit organizations and individuals build ongoing, permanent relationships for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of a community. 9 While community organizing involves the process of building a grassroots movement involving communities, community engagement primarily deals with the practice of moving said communities towards change, usually from a stalled or otherwise similarly suspended position.

Organizational Development & Sustainability:

Organizational Development & Sustainability The nonprofit landscape is changing and you’re faced with a real challenge. You want to create impact and build a sustainable future for your nonprofit. But is it really possible? Experts say, yes! 10 In fact, Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman, authors of Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, say that when nonprofits begin to understand how to bring programmatic goals together with financial goals, they’ll start to make decisions that lead to organizational sustainability.


Planning Strategic Planning Evidence-Based Programming Data-Driven Resource Allocation 11

Strategic Planning:

Strategic Planning Strategic Planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. Various business analysis techniques can be used in strategic planning, including: 12 SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats); PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social, and Technological);   STEER analysis (Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Regulatory factors); and   EPISTEL (Environment, Political, Informatic , Social, Technological, Economic and Legal).   All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions:   "What do we do?" "For whom do we do it?" "How do we excel?"

Evidence-Based Programming:

Evidence-Based Programming Non-governmental and governmental organizations worldwide implement programs to combat social problems, including poverty and lack of adequate health care.  However, the programs are often designed and executed based on assumptions rather than based on data and facts.  13 In her TED talk entitled “Social Experiments to Fight Poverty,” MIT economist Esther Duflo compares the implementation of social programs that are not evidence based to the use of leeches by doctors in the medieval period.  When developing new interventions or programs, it is important for program implementers to utilize existing research to determine “how people make financial decisions, adopt new technology, use social networks to help survive crises, respond to incentives, decide how much education to acquire, etc.”… Only then can we know if we are doing more good than harm and spending limited resources wisely.”

Data-Driven Resource Allocation:

Data-Driven Resource Allocation Data-Informed Decision-Making (DIDM) DDDM refers to the collection and analysis of data to guide decisions that improve success. DIDM is used in education communities (where data is used with the goal of helping students) but is also applicable to (and thus also used in) other fields in which data is used to inform decisions. While data-driven decision-making is a more common term, data-informed decision-making is a preferable term since decisions should not be based solely on quantitative data. 14 Decision making has long been a subject of study and given the explosive growth of Big Data over the past decade, it’s not surprising that data-driven decision making is one of the most promising applications in the emerging discipline of data science.

Sustainability & Compliance:

Sustainability & Compliance   Economic Emancipation & Fundraising      - UBIT Initiatives Best Practices and Accountability Compliance 15

Economic Emancipation & Fundraising UBIT Initiatives:

Economic Emancipation & Fundraising UBIT Initiatives Just as Reverend Leon H. Sullivan once embraced the idea of Economic Emancipation for people of color, we must now embrace its logical extension, Economic Emancipation for our Community and Faith-Based organizations, many of which arose out of the very movement embraced by our predecessors, in order to help them more fully fulfill their manifest destinies. 16 During the most recent recession, many of our charitable organizations suffered near-fatal setbacks. Most have yet to fully recover, and, unfortunately, some will not ever recover. But there are important lessons-learned in order to prevent the same thing from happening all over again one day.

Best Practices and Accountability:

Best Practices and Accountability A  Best Practice  is a method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are superior to those achieved by other means or because it has become a standard way of doing things, e.g., a standard way of complying with legal or ethical requirements. 17 Best practices are used to maintain quality as an alternative to mandatory legislated standards and can be based on self-assessment or benchmarking. The nonprofit/voluntary sector is generally lacking tools for sharing and accessing best practices. Steps are being taken in some parts of the world, for example in the European Union, where the Europe 2020 Strategy has as a top priority the exchange of good practices and networking (including the nonprofit sector).


Compliance In general, compliance means conforming to a rule, such as a specification, policy, standard or law. Regulatory compliance describes the goal that organizations aspire to achieve in their efforts to ensure that they are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws and regulations. 18 Due to the increasing number of regulations and need for operational transparency, organizations are increasingly adopting the use of consolidated and harmonized sets of compliance controls. This approach is used to ensure that all necessary governance requirements can be met without the unnecessary duplication of effort and activity from resources.

Critical Thinking for Transformative Social Impact:

Critical Thinking for Transformative Social Impact   Paradigm Shifting & Change Management Inner-City Strategic Revitalization Planning 19

Paradigm Shifting & Change Management:

Paradigm Shifting & Change Management 20 The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines it as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness. Critical thinking can be seen as having two components:   1. A set of information and belief generating and processing skills, and 2. The habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those skills to guide behavior.

Inner-City Strategic Revitalization Planning:

Inner-City Strategic Revitalization Planning “Neighborhood Revitalization is the way of the future and is an essential element of [our] work. By focusing on entire neighborhoods, we can greatly increase our impact.” — Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International 21 It is important to elevate the standard of living for the existing community, not just shove it aside in the pursuit of a gentrified city. Giving the existing people a chance at independence raises the standard of living for all residents in the city and preserves the rich heritage and character of the city.

Questions & Answers:

Questions & Answers 22

Thank You!:

Thank You! John C. Johnson III Founder & CEO Mark L. Merrill Northeast Regional Director 23

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