The CBMA Social Innovation Accelerator

Become a Black Male Achievement Innovator!

The Black Male Achievement Social Innovation Accelerator (the "Accelerator") is a key strategy of the CBMA to showcase and spread what works in the field of black male achievement -- by selecting and supporting a cohort of Black Male Achievement (BMA) Innovators. 

Black Male Achievement Innovators are experienced leaders whose organizations demonstrate powerful results in improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys, who pursue high performance, and who are positioned to spread their results and catalyze systemic change.

The Accelerator provides a unique opportunity for organizations with demonstrable outcomes to receive one-on-one consulting to articulate their goals, strengthen their communications for fundraising and sustainability, and have opportunities to be showcased to funders. In 2013, the Accelerator selected its inaugural cohort of seven BMA Innovators -- whose collective work spans a multitude of social issues (from education, to youth development, to responsible fatherhood, and narrative change), geographies (based in seven cities across the country), and strategies (policy, direct service, and place-based models). 

Learn more about our inaugural cohort of BMA Innovators here: http://blackmaleachievement.org/BMA/investbma-week. 

For the 2015-2016 cohort, the Accelerator is launching a search for leaders:

We are looking for organizations that have evidence of effectiveness, models on the verge of being scaled/spread, potential to affect systemic change, and aspirations to build regional/national reputation.

"The Accelerator helped us define our three year goals and enabled us to succinctly and convincingly talk about our work to funders and stakeholders. The investor materials developed during this process were tremendously helpful.”

Joseph Jones
Center for Urban Families

The 2013 inaugural cohort of BMA Innovators received over $150,000 worth of consulting services (including developing professional fundraising materials), with the cohort year culminating in a showcase event in New York City, which attracted leaders in philanthropy, government, academia, and nonprofits from across the nation. 

The 2015 - 2016 Application Process

Applications are currently closed.

Meet the 2015 - 2016 Semi-Finalists!

Meet the 2015 - 2016 Finalists!

To Learn More

To learn more and hear from our Alumni Innovators, please click here see a recording of our past webinar and click here to view slides presented.

Know a Leader who should Apply?

If you know a leader who would be a good fit for the 2015 BMA Innovator cohort you can nominate them via this form. The individual will receive an email about your nomination and a link to the application.

What BMA Innovators Get

As part of the cohort, BMA Innovators receive a $25,000 operating support grant, 12 months of one-on-one consulting and coaching to articulate their goals, strengthen their communications for fundraising and sustainability, and have opportunities to be showcased to funders. Alumni receive an additional 12 months of on-going check-ins to track progress against goals.

1. GRANT FOR OPERATING SUPPORT: BMA Innovators receive a $25,000 operating support grant.

2. CONSULTING AND COACHING: BMA Innovators receive more than $150,000 in services over 12 months, which includes developing concise and compelling investor pitches and professionally designed investor materials (i.e., an elevator pitch, a customized prospectus, and road show fundraising presentation).

3. SHOWCASING TO FUNDERS: BMA Innovators will be showcased to investors and leaders at the 2016 Showcase Event. BMA Innovators will also be encouraged and equipped to take advantage of other opportunities to pitch to investors.

4. ALUMNI PROGRESS TRACKING: The Accelerator will check-in with alumni on a quarterly basis to track progress against goals and provide coaching/feedback on funder messaging and pitches. When appropriate, the Accelerator will provide alumni with research on new opportunities to connect with funders (e.g., through national/regional convenings and conferences, etc.).

“The Accelerator prepared us to pitch to investors, provided opportunities to practice the pitch, and facilitated a platform for us to present to funders via the Showcase. The panel presentation practice was fantastic and the feedback from the panel of funders was very useful.  The cohort meetings were extremely helpful.”

David Banks
Eagle Academy Foundation

What Our Alumni Are Saying

Charles Small, President & CEO, Don Bosco Hall

“The Accelerator provided a great and rare opportunity to be amongst such insightful and committed community leaders. The experience gave me an opportunity to self-reflect and map out goals to grow and sustain my organization.”

Click here to listen to Charles Small discuss what works in place-based strategies in black male achievement.

About Don Bosco Hall: With major outcomes in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood as both a direct service provider and an organizer of nonprofit and schools working in a more coordinated way, Don Bosco Hall is focused on going deeper in the three other neighborhoods it is working in to improve life outcomes of boys age 14-24.

Download the Don Bosco Hall Prospectus developed during the Accelerator process. 

Joseph Jones, President & CEO, Center for Urban Families

“The Accelerator helped us define our three year goals and enabled us to succinctly and convincingly talk about our work to funders and stakeholders. The investor materials developed during this process were tremendously helpful.” 

Click here to listen to Joe Jones discuss what works in direct service models for black male achievement.

About Center for Urban Families: After 15 years of success helping fathers and families to build stronger connections with their children and secure employment, Center for Urban Families is now focused on piloting a bold conceptual model, Family Stability and Economic Successthat will provide deeper support to these fathers, particularly Black males, to achieve a higher degree of stability and economic success.

Download the Center for Urban Families Prospectus developed during the Accelerator process. 

David Banks, President & CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation

“The Accelerator prepared us to pitch to investors, provided opportunities to practice the pitch, and facilitated a platform for us to present to funders via the Showcase. The panel presentation practice was fantastic and the feedback from the panel of funders was very useful.  The cohort meetings were extremely helpful.” 

Click here to listen to David Banks discuss effective direct service models in black male achievement. 

About Eagle Academy Foundation: With evidence and a knowhow of educating boys of color by leading five public schools in New York City and Newark, NJ, the Eagle Academy Foundation is launching The Eagle Institute to spread its model to educators and schools across the country.

Download the Eagle Academy Foundation Prospectus developed during the Accelerator process. 

Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project

“The Accelerator helped us tell our story to investors effectively and efficiently. The investor prospectus and road show presentation were of high quality. The Accelerator team knew what they were doing, the collaborative process was helpful, and the products were very useful.”

Click here to listen to Judith Browne Dianis discuss winning policies in black male achievement.

About Advancement Project: As a multi-racial civil rights organization that promotes a just democracy, Advancement Project has been one of the leading organizations in the country working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and plans to grow its efforts to strengthen the capacity of grassroots organizations of youth and parents of color to end criminalization and create nurturing educational environments. 

Download the Advancement Project Prospectus developed during the Accelerator process. 

 

 

Dr. John Jackson, President & CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education

“The Accelerator helped us develop the prospectus and road show presentation to articulate our work to a set of diverse leaders, and in a more public way. The Accelerator consulting process was very helpful in shaping our growth plan and strategy, and will remain very helpful in shaping the new fundraising strategy, targets, and products.”

Click here to listen to Dr. John Jackson discuss winning policies in black male achievement.

About the Schott Foundation for Public Education:  The Schott Foundation seeks to spread evidence based school reform policy by offering philanthropic and capacity building support to organizations in targeted states across the country to ensure an opportunity to learn for all children.

Download the Schott Foundation Prospectus developed during the Accelerator process. 

Dori Maynard, President, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

“The Accelerator provided priceless assistance with messaging and collateral. Before joining the Accelerator, we did not have a succinct description of our work and its effectiveness. We now have compelling investor collateral and a pithy pitch. The overall support that the Accelerator provided was invaluable and an enormous help.” 

Click here to listen to Dori Maynard discuss changing the narrative in black male achievement.

About the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education: With 36 years of work on changing the media depiction of people of color, the Maynard Institute is focused on a two-pronged strategy to help the media more accurately and credibly cover communities of color. 

Download the Maynard Institute Prospectus developed during the Accelerator process.  

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our beloved colleagues and BMA Innovators, Dori J. Maynard. Read reflections by CBMA CEO Shawn Dove.