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New Partnership Launched to Amplify Impact of Nonprofits

For Immediate Release 
Media Contact:
Kristen Peterson
Readiness, Implementation, and Sustainability for Effectiveness will help organizations in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey enhance their programs and services

Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 18, 2018) –The Scattergood Foundation, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation/PropelNext (EMCF) and other funders announced today the launch of The RISE Partnership, a three-year, $3 million program that will combine resources, expertise and tools to strengthen the effectiveness of more than 100 nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region.

Scattergood Foundation, United Way and EMCF/PropelNext are joined in this effort by The Barra Foundation, Campbell Soup Foundation, The Grace S. and W. Linton Nelson Foundation, The Horner Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation.

The new partnership will be celebrated at a public launch event in Philadelphia on Tuesday, January 15th.  Further details about the event will be forthcoming.

The program builds off the assets of the community and will provide a range of tools, services and supports up to 100 nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of people in the area. These include: training and support to build readiness for measuring and driving program outcomes; implementation of an intensive program of internal evaluation capacity building; and support for an alumni learning community to sustain and extend gains achieved. 

“We are thrilled to launch this partnership at such a large scale with so many promising nonprofits and the backing and in-depth knowledge of a national funder like EMCF/PropelNext,” said Joe Pyle, President of The Scattergood Foundation. “Nonprofits in the Philadelphia region have big jobs — to tackle society’s most complex problems — and limited time and resources to make much-needed impact. The RISE Partnership will provide nonprofits that are trying to improve the lives of people in their communities with the tools they need to strengthen the work they already do.”

The program has three components: readiness, implementation and sustainability for effectiveness. The readiness component will be open to all nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region. For the implementation component, a group of 15 grantees will be selected and will receive support from participating foundations.  

“We are proud to lend our unique convening ability to help bring additional organizations, funders and other stakeholders to the table to strengthen the work of some of the region’s most impactful nonprofit organizations,” said Bill Golderer, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “As a result of our collective investment and effort, 100 regional nonprofits will serve more individuals and communities in need with higher-quality programming based in evidence and data to scale the interventions proven to work successfully.”

The RISE Partnership is based on the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s PropelNext program and The Scattergood Foundation’s Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative (BECI), which was developed and implemented in partnership with The Consultation Center at Yale University. BECI is also supported by The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

"We are so excited to see the growth of this initiative into a regional partnership that includes local and national funders that will work together and learn from the strong non-profit community," said Samantha Matlin, PhD, Director of the Rise Partnership and Evaluation and Community Impact at the Scattergood Foundation.

Former participants of the BECI program and those who take part in The RISE Partnership’s implementation component will participate in the sustainability component of the program, the alumni learning community.

“We recognized the impressive work of these nonprofit organizations whose missions parallel our own and who have a solid foundation in the greater Philadelphia area,” said Lissette Rodriquez, Vice President and Chief Program Officer at EMCF. “We chose to invest in The RISE Partnership to help scale up PropelNext’s national work, leverage these strong partner organizations and provide resources to nonprofit leaders to use data — to understand what’s working and what’s not — and then refine their programs based on these learnings for stronger outcomes.”

The RISE Partnership and the Philadelphia/Southern NJ community is EMCF/PropelNext’s first regional cohort outside of California.

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Established in 2018, The RISE (Readiness, Implementation, Sustainability for Effectiveness) Partnership supports promising Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey nonprofit organizations. The Partnership provides nonprofits with resources and training to strengthen organizational effectiveness and ensure a greater impact on social, economic, health, and educational conditions in communities, including the effects of intergenerational poverty and trauma.