everything we do is possible because of...
THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION
Our accelerator has quantum leaped because a generous investment from Knight Foundation. As an early supporter of our Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, they enabled us to provide scholarships that ensured the program was inclusive and accessible to all.
Their most recent investment enabled us to scale our accelerator meaningfully. With their support we are now able to run three accelerator cohorts a year, with a focus on helping the most promising ventures scale toward the $1,000,000 mark. Knight Foundation has been a catalytic force in strengthening the entire innovation ecosystem in Miami, and we view them not only as a key partner in our own work, but as a force for good that has enabled many of our most important partners to grow their impact as well. Our region is indelibly stronger because of them.
THE MIAMI FOUNDATION & CITI FOUNDATION
The Miami Foundation has been our mentor and supporter since Radical Partners was just an idea on a napkin. Our founder Rebecca Fishman Lipsey designed this organization while a part of the Miami Fellows Program, and we house our nonprofit funds at The Miami Foundation.
They have supported, collaborated, and partnered with us on virtually every initiative we have ever launched, from Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp to 100 Great Ideas. This year, because of a generous investment from Citi Foundation, we are working even more closely with The Miami Foundation to build resources that will benefit the entire nonprofit ecosystem. This will include the development of an online resources portal to benefit the larger nonprofit and social impact ecosystem and an array of free workshops and coaching opportunities for nonprofit leaders. We will also be launching our new home adjacent to The Miami Foundation with some shared amenities to enable us to increase our partnership and impact with their continued support.
Music lover and philanthropist Daniel Lewis is one of our most treasured friends at Radical Partners. We are inspired by Daniel’s significant impact on Miami over the past 17 years through his investment in musical arts. Mr. Lewis initiated the Cleveland Orchestra’s multi-week residency in Miami and became the founding chairman of the Miami Music Association, the support organization created in 2006 to produce 3-4 weeks of Cleveland Orchestra concerts and educational activities in Miami-Dade County each season. Most recently, Mr. Lewis launched The Lewis Prize for Music, an ambitious national effort to drive social change through musical arts.
This year, we are working in conjunction with Daniel to launch the Music Access Fellowship, a unique $1,000,000 fellowship focused on strengthening the entire music education ecosystem in the region.
JPMorgan Chase & Co was the first to invest in two of our most beloved programs: 100 Great Ideas and Leadership Lab. Both of these initiatives center around strengthening communities from within and elevating solutions and leaders that make the greatest impact.
They also have selected Radical Partners into their Force For Good program, where members of their talented team will help design a website/app that Radical Partners can use to scale our 100 Great Ideas initiative. They are far more than just corporate champions. They have been strategic thought partners as we design and scale our efforts, and they have been incredible advisors, introducers, and champions.
American Express will sponsor our Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp this year. Their commitment to leadership development and inclusive innovation is paramount, and we are deeply honored to be forging a partnership for the first time with them. With their support, we will select 10 South Florida based social innovators to be part of the 5th cohort of our signature accelerator program.
Radical Partners is forever grateful to law firm Akerman for supporting us since our inception. For four years, Akerman has provided pro-bono health checks to the participants in our accelerator, which helps ensure that the diverse participants in our programs are protected as they scale their impact. We grew our own organization in a shared office space with Akerman as part of their AkermanIN and AkermanX initiatives, and we continue to work closely with members of their team.
THE CHILDREN'S TRUST, UNITED WAY OF MIAMI-DADE, THE MIAMI FOUNDATION, MIAMI HERALD, MCCJ
Two years ago, we had the great honor to launch a community initiative called Connect Miami in conjunction with these five incredible community champions. The signature Connect Miami initiative is the 10 Days of Connection, which takes place during the first 10 days in May and seeks to connect people across lines of difference. This initiative also engaged a robust host committee of more than 200 collaborators.