The Innovators Society, a program of Community First Foundation, invests in promising, but not yet proven, nonprofit innovations to increase awareness and change perceptions of mental health. We engage a network of committed nonprofit innovators, community leaders and community investors to accelerate new solutions for mental wellness.
Launched in November 2017, The Innovators Society 2.0 focuses on reducing the stigma associated with mental health.
Mental health stigma is a significant barrier to changing public perceptions of mental health and mental illness. It often prevents individuals from seeking and/or receiving adequate treatment. Innovators Society 2.0 builds on the Foundation’s goal to build strong communities by showcasing innovations that are changing public perceptions of mental health and mental illness while reducing mental health stigma.
Learn about the successes of The Innovators Society’s inaugural year, which addressed Community First Foundation’s focus areas for promoting mental wellness.
The Innovators Society selects six nonprofit innovators to participate in an accelerator experience that includes initial funding, rigorous coaching, hands-on workshops and the chance to compete for more grant dollars in a pitch competition (The Community Pitch Showdown). At the event, more than 200 community leaders are empowered to award $450,000 in Community First Foundation grant dollars among the innovators to accelerate their innovations into Denver communities. After a period of high-impact coaching, one nonprofit is chosen to receive a $50,000 grand prize.
“This is by far the most innovative and inclusive approach to grant funding we’ve ever been part of. This program has given us the tools to make a massive impact in the community.” Justin Kruger, founder and CEO of Project Helping, inaugural year grand prize winner
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Check out these highlights from The Innovators Society inaugural year!