accelerating tech nonprofits

3 Lessons from 1,000 Days of Accelerating Tech Nonprofits

By: Kevin Barenblat, Co-Founder & President of Fast Forward   Three years ago I transitioned from the for-profit tech world into the uncharted waters of nonprofits and philanthropy. I had an idea to apply the well-established Silicon Valley accelerator model to nonprofits, but found myself

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Paying it Forward Through Prescription Medicine

Sometimes it is not our own struggles, but the obstacles overcome by others that inspire us towards social good. George Wang, a second generation immigrant and the co-founder of SIRUM, a marketplace for inexpensive prescription medicine, was born and raised in Ohio. Though his parents

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Tech is Unlocking Human Rights

This past week our Executive Director, Shannon, hopped over the pond to Norway for the annual Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering of activists, entrepreneurs and global leaders for thought provoking discussions around advancing human rights. Here at Fast Forward, we’re always interested in how we

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Tech for good: form your own social impact program

We at Fast Forward want to help burgeoning tech for good leaders. We believe that by guiding tech for good programs, we can help them maximize impact and promote the ecosystem of using technology for social good. We have recently interviewed people at companies from

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Financial sustainability for nonprofits: the holy grail?

As a mission-driven organization, your goal should be, well, to focus on your mission. Financial sustainability can do wonders for an organization, considered by some as the holy grail for nonprofits, promising freedom from the shackles of fundraising, letting you and your organization focus on

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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director and Trustee of The Whitman Institute, explained how to navigate interpersonal dynamics in the workplace. Self-awareness is key: leaders and employees must consider how they are perceived and how they impact others, and recognize that few people have an accurate sense

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Patient impact: tech philanthropy is a marathon not a sprint

Impact investors often talk about a new type of investment: patient capital (a term perhaps coined by Thomas Friedman and widely used by Acumen Fund). As opposed to traditional venture capital, patient capital has longer time horizons before investors start demanding a return. For-profit social

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