Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Partners with Miller Center to Provide...

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Partners with Miller Center to Provide Unique Accelerator Program for Bay Area Social Entrepreneurs

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Social entrepreneurs from the Bay Area participated in the San Francisco Bay Area GSBI® Boost on July 24–26 thanks to a partnership between Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

By Adelene Gallego Ramos

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship recently completed the San Francisco Bay Area GSBI® Boost on July 24–26, in San Jose. The Boost was a free, three-day, capacity-building workshop for social entrepreneurs who are positively impacting the lives of those in need in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The workshop brought together Bay Area social business leaders on a mission to make the world a better place. With emphasis on improving strategic thinking, social entrepreneurs learned how to effectively articulate their business plans to demonstrate impact, growth, and long-term financial sustainability.

“The Boost gave social entrepreneurs and nonprofits a rare chance to collaborate with and learn from other leaders who are working to create innovative solutions to poverty in our area,” said Gregory R. Kepferle, CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. “Leaders had the opportunity to work directly with Silicon Valley mentors and collaborated with other leaders who are working to create innovative solutions to poverty in our area.”

Seven programs from Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County participated in the Boost workshop, including Art for Change, Baby Steps, Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning (CORAL), Day Break Cares Adult Day Care, Immigration Legal Services, Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative (RLEI), and Supportive Housing Services.

“Participants from Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County are excited to take the learnings from the Boost and implement them to build successful, sustainable programs that serve the needs of our community members in need,” said Kepferle.

Three programs from Catholic Charities of San Francisco also attended the Boost: Leland House, Peter Claver Community, Youth Club at Saint Francis of Assisi.

Miller Center has 15 years of experience helping more than 800 social enterprises around the world attain operational excellence and prepare for investment through its signature Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) programs.

Social entrepreneurship helps impoverished communities in a way that is sustainable. Social entrepreneurs hone in on opportunities to provide innovative, large-scale solutions to local and worldwide problems.

After the Bay Area GSBI® Boost program, up to 20 participants will have the opportunity to matriculate into the GSBI® Online accelerator–a six-month, mentored, virtual program where organizations develop business models and strategies to sustainably grow their enterprises. Those selected for the GSBI Online accelerator program will have an opportunity to showcase their plans for scaling with a justifiable ask at a Silicon Valley event.

To learn more about the Bay Area GSBI® Boost program, please visit www.scu-social-entrepreneurship.org/bayareaboost.