ALL STARS ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

The 2022 All Stars Accelerator Program

Application Process is Now Closed. Our 2022 Cohort will be announced in January 2022.

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Each year, All Stars selects a cohort of innovative Bay Area nonprofits to participate in a three-year intensive program that is designed to help build the organizational capacity, financial sustainability and community impact of those organizations working to disrupt the cycle of poverty for Bay Area youth.

This is not just a grant program – we are looking for organizations that are willing and able to fully participate in the program. This includes not only attending all program trainings and completing all necessary reports, but also actively engaging with fellow program participants, All Stars Helping Kids, and program partners.

All Stars Accelerator Program: Overview

The All Stars Accelerator Program provides 3 years of general operating support ($25,000 each year) plus quarterly capacity building trainings, customized one-on-one coaching and technical assistance, and peer networking and connection.

All Stars Accelerator Program: Eligibility Criteria

This is not just a grant program – we are looking for organizations that are willing and able to fully participate in the program. This includes not only attending all program trainings and completing all necessary reports, but also actively engaging with fellow program participants, All Stars Helping Kids, and program partners.

ORGANIZATIONAL CRITERIA

•  A nonprofit organization in good standing (registered 501(c)3, in the process of filing for 501(c)3 status, or fiscally sponsored).

•  Are not an affiliate or chapter of a larger nonprofit or national organization.

•  A nonprofit’s fiscal year budget is less than $750,000. Please do not include any Covid-Relief grants/monies e.g., PPP loan (1st or 2nd), COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, OR any 1-time COVID-19 grant that will not be able to be received again

PROGRAM CRITERIA

•  The majority of your primary program or service already serves at least one of the following five (5) San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, and/or Santa Clara County.

•  Primary program or service reaches underserved youth/young adults and communities.
    •  More than 50% of youth (ages 4 – 18) served qualify for free or reduced lunch
         •  If you do not have access to this information, please refer to one of these links and make your best estimate. Kids Data or School Accountability Report Card

    •  OR the majority of the young adults (ages 18 – 24) served are considered: Under employed, unemployed, or unable to secure a job; First generation / DACA / Immigrant; Justice involved or dually involved youth; Former foster youth / Transition Aged Youth; Unhoused or unstably housed youth; may not have received a high school diploma; teen / young parents, etc.

•  Primary program or service focuses on one or more of the following pillars: Access to Education, Career Readiness, Health & Wellness.

•  Primary program or service is an innovative approach / solution focused on making lasting behavior or life change towards breaking the cycle of poverty.

All Stars Accelerator Program: Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

We are committed to maintaining a professional working environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each intern, employee, donor, grantee and partner. We cannot grow effective leaders if we do not include the voices of everyone in inclusive and equitable ways.

Read full DEI statement here.

ACCELERATOR APPLICATION GUIDE & FAQs

What makes an organization a good fit for All Stars Accelerator Program?

ORGANIZATIONAL CRITERIA

•  A nonprofit organization in good standing (registered 501(c)3, in the process of filing for 501(c)3 status, or fiscally sponsored).

•  Are not an affiliate or chapter of a larger nonprofit or national organization.

•  A nonprofit’s fiscal year budget is less than $750,000. Please do not include any Covid-Relief grants/monies e.g., PPP loan (1st or 2nd), COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, OR any 1-time COVID-19 grant that will not be able to be received again

PROGRAM CRITERIA

•  The majority of your primary program or service already serves at least one of the following five (5) San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, and/or Santa Clara County.

•  Primary program or service reaches underserved youth/young adults and communities.
    •  More than 50% of youth (ages 4 – 18) served qualify for free or reduced lunch
         •  If you do not have access to this information, please refer to one of these links and make your best estimate. Kids Data or School Accountability Report Card

    •  OR the majority of the young adults (ages 18 – 24) served are considered: Under employed, unemployed, or unable to secure a job; First generation / DACA / Immigrant; Justice involved or dually involved youth; Former foster youth / Transition Aged Youth; Unhoused or unstably housed youth; may not have received a high school diploma; teen / young parents, etc.

•  Primary program or service focuses on one or more of the following pillars: Access to Education, Career Readiness, Health & Wellness.

    • Access to Education: Your program or service helps youth strengthen their education performance and/or increases educational opportunities, e.g. increases academic performance, reduces absentee/truancy, increases critical thinking or social skills, etc.
    • Career Readiness: Your program or service helps youth prepare for or assists youth with finding a job, keeping a job, e.g. workforce development, entrepreneurial training, trade school / apprenticeships, etc.
    • Health & Wellness: Your program or service helps youth improve their mental or physical health, e.g. improves emotional well-being, provides coaching that builds support and confidence, provides education on nutrition and exercise, etc.

•  Primary program or service is an innovative approach / solution focused on making lasting behavior or life change towards breaking the cycle of poverty.

What makes All Stars funding different from other opportunities?

We believe that the cycle of poverty for youth can be disrupted by helping economically disadvantaged youth get an education, find a good job, and stay physically and mentally healthy.

– We encourage innovation by supporting emerging, strong, and impactful nonprofits in the Bay Area.

– We are dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofits in the Bay Area.

– We serve as a hub and convener for peer learning, making connections, and change.

– We pool capital with other interested donors and foundations to invest in nonprofits, amplifying your support and mitigating your risk. We believe together we can do more.

– We believe change takes time and we invest in our nonprofit partners over three years.

– We offer more than a grant—we provide a cohort-based learning experience to improve and grow your nonprofit. We also offer coaching, technical assistance, and consulting expertise to our funded.

– We evaluate our grantees based on agreed upon milestones.

What is the Application Process?

  Applications will open via an on-line process on August 1st and you can apply until close which is August 31st at 11:59pm.
  A group of staff and board members from All Stars will review all applications.
  In late September we will invite up to 15 organizations to Round 2 where the All Stars Team will schedule a 45-minute “site-visit” – either in person or via Zoom. During the site visit, All Stars will ask additional questions to learn more about the organization, program and leadership team.
  After all site visits are complete, All Stars will invite up to 10 organizations to participate in Pitch Day. Finalists will pitch to the panel making their case for support. Don’t worry! All Stars will work with you to prepare you for success with our Professional Pitch coach.
The next cohort of up to five (5) grantees will be selected and invited to the next Cohort.

If selected what can I expect ?

-A general operating support grant of up to $25,000 annually for three years.

-Participation in a peer-learning cohort with four other youth serving nonprofits and All Stars alumni organizations.

-Technical assistance, training and capacity building sessions four times per year with the best-in-class presenters, nonprofit leaders and professionals

-Expert coaching and consulting from All Stars nationally recognized staff and board members, approximately 1 hour per month.

-Connections to other philanthropic organizations, youth serving nonprofits, and community-based entities.

How does All Stars define success?

-We work with you to collaboratively talk about progress and define the indicators that demonstrate the youth success changes you are seeking towards getting an education, finding a job, and staying mentally and physically healthy

-We help you set goals for improving your organization and becoming more sustainable.  Together, we monitor progress towards that.

-We look at the connections that are fostered between and among the cohort and our partners and track collaborations that are important in your organization’s progress

-We want to increase the number of youth served in our five-county area