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United Way Invites Local Nonprofits to Apply for Community Impact Accelerator Grants

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Greater Twin Cities United Way (United Way) announced today it is accepting applications for the Community Impact Accelerator. This grant will catalyze local nonprofits that are looking to bring innovative ideas to life through funding from United Way and expert consulting from Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The Community Impact Accelerator grants will be given to pioneering nonprofits to support initiatives that build equity and enable sustainable growth and success. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open online through February 14, 2020.

“Innovation plays a critical role in addressing and solving our community’s most-pressing challenges, and big challenges require big ideas,” said John Wilgers, president and CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way. “I’m looking forward to hearing new ideas from local nonprofit leaders through United Way’s Community Impact Accelerator.”

The RFP is open to any 501(c)(3) in the Greater Twin Cities nine-county metro area that meets the eligibility requirements. Qualifying nonprofits will present projects that:

  • Bring forward innovative products or services;
  • Build equity by promoting just and fair inclusion;
  • Deliver prosperity with societal value that has enduring social impact (positive impact on the community);
  • Have a sustainable economic model; and
  • Are scalable to impact more people in the community, region and beyond.

“As our office has grown, investing our team’s additional capacity alongside the most innovative and impactful nonprofits in the community has been incredibly rewarding and fun for our team,” said Jennifer Bratton, managing director and senior partner at BCG. “With United Way, we share a desire to recognize and support these organizations, and we look forward to our next round of applications.”

Following the initial application review, United Way and BCG will select six to eight semi-finalists who will present their ideas to a panel of diverse community leaders. The panel will then determine three finalists who will present their ideas at United Way’s Together We Thrive event on May 7, 2020 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The audience will vote to determine the winners, who will be announced and awarded at the event. The first-place winner will receive $75,000 plus in-kind expert consulting from BCG, and second- and third-place runners-up will each receive $25,000.


About Greater Twin Cities United Way: One in four people in the Twin Cities region cannot afford their basic needs and people of color are four times more likely than their white neighbors to experience poverty. That’s why Greater Twin Cities United Way is on a mission to build prosperity and equity for all through equitable access to housing, healthy food, education and the workforce. We do this by bringing together the public, private and nonprofit sectors to solve the community’s most pressing needs as a convener, catalyst for change, multiplier and innovator. Through the United Way 211 resource hotline; advocacy and coalition work; volunteer engagement; nonprofit leadership support and capacity building; convenings; and fund raising and grant making, we take a holistic, long-term approach to reach our vision of a united community where all people thrive – regardless of income, race or place of residence. That’s because we know when more of us reach our potential, our whole community benefits. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Greater Twin Cities United Way unites changemakers, advocates for social good and develops solutions to address the challenges no one can solve alone to create a community where all people thrive. Together with our partners, we’re meeting immediate community needs while transforming inequitable systems in the areas of housing, food, education and jobs.

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