Below is an overview of The Innovators Society experience for nonprofit participants.


Sept – October 13, 2015

Nonprofits with promising, but not proven, approaches to mental wellness apply to participate in The Innovators Society.
Round one applications CLOSED on October 13, 2015.

October – December 2015

Four to six organizations are selected to participate in The Innovators Society and matched with coaches. Each receives a $25,000 grant for coaching support.

January – September 2016

Coaches work with the nonprofits for several months on strategic planning, marketing, branding and preparing a presentation pitch. Pitch scrimmages allow nonprofit innovators to practice their presentations and receive feedback from Innovators Society members.

September 30, 2016

$500,000 in Community First Foundation grant dollars is awarded to the participating nonprofit innovators at the Community Pitch Showdown. The Showdown is a theater-style event during which The Innovators Society and a group of community leaders, investors and funders vote on the final pitches and award Community First Foundation grant dollars through real-time voting.

August 2017

The Innovators Society comes alongside the nonprofits as they continue implementation, culminating in a capstone event. The capstone event will showcase each innovation’s promotion of mental wellness in the community.