BELL Selected as the 2011 Winner of National Social Impact Exchange Competition
BOSTON, MA - On June 16, BELL was selected as the 2011 winner of the nationwide Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Completion. The competition identifies social sector scaling initiatives with demonstrated impact and readiness to grow and supports the winners with financial and consulting awards.
"We are honored to have won this business plan competition," explains Tiffany Cooper Gueye, BELL's Chief Executive Officer. "There are a lot of great nonprofits with ambitious growth plans - we're fortunate to stand out and to have great supporters behind us who are helping to transform our plan into reality. Our growth plan will expand learning time for thousands of scholars in at least three new states over the next three years."
The recognition follows a rigorous 8-month evaluation process, during which BELL presented at a Symposium on Scaling Impact and received feedback on its business plan. More than 145 expert judges selected BELL from an elite group of competing nonprofit organizations based on the organization's demonstrated quality, effectiveness, scalability and strength of its financial model.
This award and accompanying consulting services support BELL's strategic goals of sustainability and impact. Growth in existing regions, as well as a major expansion to serve middle school scholars, will allow BELL to reach a total of 25,000 scholars by 2014.
About the Social Impact Exchange
The Social Impact Exchange is a national community of funders, practitioners, and researchers interested in developing practices for studying, implementing and funding large-scale expansions of top-performing nonprofit organizations. The Social Impact Exchange was established by the Growth Philanthropy Network (GPN), in partnership with Duke University's Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society and its Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. Initial funding for the Exchange has been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.