The 2021 All Stars Accelerator Program applications open September 1, 2020!

Accelerating innovative solutions that disrupt the cycle of poverty for Bay Area youth.

The All Stars Accelerator Program

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

  1. A non-profit organization in good standing (registered 501(c)3, in the process of filing for 501(c)3, or fiscally sponsored.
  2. Core program or service serves at least 1 of the following 5 San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, and/or Santa Clara County
  3. Core program or service reaches underserved youth and communities
    – More than 50% of the program or service is focused on youth ages 4-24
    – More than 50% of youth served qualify for free or reduced lunch
  4. A non-profit fiscal year budget is less than $750,000
  5. Core program or service focuses on one or more of the following pillars (see Application Guide below for more detail):
    – Access to Education
    – Career Readiness
    – Health & Wellness
  6. Core program or service is an innovative approach / solution focused on making lasting behavior or life change towards breaking the cycle of poverty.


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

You work to improve the lives of youth (pre-K through 24 years old) through innovative approaches in:

Access to Education: Your program or service helps youth prepare for or assists youth with finding a job, e.g. workforce development, entrepreneurial training, trade school / apprenticeships, etc.

Career Readiness: 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.

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.

-A majority of your programs/services serves low-income youth (+50% free and reduced lunch) and underserved youth and communities

-Your service area is in any of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara

-Your nonprofit is a 501(c)3 organization in good standing with the IRS, or you have a fiscal sponsor

-You have a budget of $750,000 or less

-You want to improve and grow your organization and are open to coaching, consulting and technical assistance

-You’re willing to engage with other youth serving organizations to learn together and learn from others

-You ready and able to work with us for three years

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 September 1 and you can apply until it closes on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59pm.

-A group of staff and board members from All Stars will review all applications. We will invite a select number of 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.

-The finalists will be invited to participate in Pitch Day in early November, making the case for support in a live pitch to panel of investors and philanthropic leaders. Don’t worry, ASHK will work with you to prepare you for a successful presentation.

-The next cohort of 5 grantees will be selected and announced in November 2020.

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