Year in Review
Delivering impact on people and environment
Our inaugural application process identified high potential organizations from a field of sixty-six applicants. Finalist organizations created a video pitch that allowed reviewers to consider their potential impact, viability, and change potential. Four organizations were selected for the 2018 grant partner cohort.
The Greater Sum makes unrestricted operating grants, which give grant partner organizations an increased capacity for growth and expansion.
“We regularly leveraged the funding and partnership provided by The Greater Sum Foundation to secure additional grants. We are confident that The Greater Sum Foundation played an important role in signalling that we have the quality of programs and institutional capacity necessary to receive national grants. — Adena Moulton, Digital Harbor Foundation
Dedicated volunteers offer specialized subject matter expertise to grant partner organizations. When expertise is of general interest we share with our entire network.
“Greater Sum’s subject matter experts were wonderful sources of advice and encouragement throughout the year. They answered nitty-gritty questions from how to prepare for fundraising meetings and events to how to orient new staff to how to choose the best software. -Dorothy Tegeler, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
I've learned a lot about start-ups in my first year with The Greater Sum Foundation. During my first month, you would find me surreptitiously Googling terminology on my phone. ("MVPs? Surely he’s not talking about baseball.") The experience has been a valuable lesson in empathy with the nonprofit founders we serve.
In 2018, our work helped organizations like Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Digital Harbor Foundation, Trans Student Educational Resources, and WVU Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic to increase their impact, solving significant problems in new and innovative ways.
As we review applications for our 2019 cohort, I’m awed by the potential of early-stage nonprofits to bring about positive change in our focus areas of education, health, environment, and community building. There's great need for the services we provide, and we want to increase our impact by providing funding, mentoring, and professional development opportunities to a greater number of nonprofits.
Thank you for taking a look at what we've built so far and what we have planned for next year. The vision of The Greater Sum is that we can help identify promising practices in the nonprofit sector and connect caring citizens with those early-stage organizations whose work most deserves our amplification efforts.
As we begin a second year of service, much of our work will focus on developing pathways that connect those who wish to help with meaningful work that taps into their talents. Thank you to those who have donated, volunteered, and opened your networks. Every five-minute favor has contributed to this year's impact. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts.