WINGS brings home first prize in National Competition

Earlier this month Bridget Laird and Adam Pomerantz traveled to New York City as one of three finalists in the Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Completion where WINGS brought home the top prize!

The competition was followed by a two day invitation only conference focused entirely on innovative methods to fund and support scaling and replication of high-impact nonprofits. Examples of Funders in attendance include: The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Bank of America of America Charitable Foundation, SeaChange Capital Partners, New Profit, Inc. and The Atlantic Philanthropies. Also attending were nonprofits who have achieved large scale-up. Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America, delivered an inspirational and heartwarming presentation that had attendees ready to take action towards systemic change.

This conference served as a catalyst for on-going collaboration to transform the social sector. If funders begin to focus scaling successful, high performing nonprofits, the impact of social sector initiatives will exponentially increase, improving the lives of millions of at-risk individuals, children and families.

Key topics such as the Importance of Growth Capital to Scale Impact, Increasing Private Philanthropy and Evaluating High-Impact Scaling Initiatives were enthusiastically discussed.

As winners of the business plan competition, we feel confident that we are approaching scale-up in the calculated way highlighted at the conference. Being featured as a best practice nonprofit among such an elite group has us bursting with pride. In addition to the recognition we were excited to receive the $25,000 cash prize and $75,000 worth of consulting services from Veris Consulting!

We are a motivated, driven team that's ready to soar to new heights!

"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet."

— Bobby Unser

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