I've had a number of conversations over the last few weeks with people who are excited about The Greater Sum's application and asked some really smart questions about it. You'll find a LOT of info on the application page, but here are a few of those good questions that have come up recently.
What is the time commitment required to participate in The Greater Sum's 2018 cohort?
I love this question. It's honest and practical. Most nonprofit leaders are pressed for time and don't want to overcommit. If you're selected to work with The Greater Sum, you'll participate in planning and reflection conversations at the beginning and end of your collaboration with our SMEs. Throughout the year, you'll check in with your lead SME monthly and have virtual access to relevant SMEs to help you meet your goals. We'll convene once during the year at a relevant nonprofit conference. The SME involvement and professional development opportunity are key components to Greater Sum's work, so our project is probably not right for your organization if your leadership isn't looking for this type of support.
Am I eligible to apply if I operate under fiscal sponsorship with an umbrella 501(c)(3) organization?
Yes! This is a great way for an early-stage organization to get established. If your fiscal sponsor allows you to apply for funding under their 501(c)(3) you're eligible to apply. You'll need to provide a letter verifying your fiscal sponsorship status and your sponsor's awareness of the application, and we will only consider one application from each 501(c)(3) organization.
What comes after the written application on your website?
If you're selected as a finalist, you'll be notified in early October. Finalists will participate in a virtual pitch and Q&A session in late October or early November, and we'll announce the selected organizations in January 2018. If you've never created a pitch deck or used Zoom for video meetings, we'll have resources available to help you prepare.