Our World Needs Better Leadership
Growing Conscious Leadership is one of the greatest leverage points across all systemic challenges: climate change, social justice, poverty, education, business, politics, and more. StartingBloc has invested in building a community of leaders for 14 years, and our leadership community spans sectors and industries. At critical mass, these leaders will have the influence to fundamentally reshape the systems affecting millions worldwide.
StartingBloc does three things really well. First, we run highly-rated five-day leadership institutes in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. that reach more than 300 civic leaders, educators, activists, and entrepreneurs each year. The curriculum focuses on collaborative problem-solving (using human-centered design), a full-day harnessing inclusion and unconscious bias, and a respected leadership tool called Polarity Mapping, which allows people to hold and integrate paradox and divergent perspectives. Second, we’ve built an inclusive community – 65% of our Fellows are people of color, 55% are women, 20% are international, and last year we awarded $80,000 in financial aid to make the program accessible and socio-economically diverse. And third, we’ve built and sustained one of the most active communities of change leaders through a cohort-based model. Our 2,500 Fellows continue to work together, share resources, coach each other, start projects, and engage in StartingBloc’s chapters for years after their Institute.
After years of stable and consistent growth, now is the time to invest in:
Invest in Scholarship Funding + Go Global Develop Lifelong Curriculum + Provide Coaching Host Annual Summit + Rebrand
Expanding our Reach
Deepening our Programming
Building a Movement
Invest in Scholarship Funding + Go Global
Develop Lifelong Curriculum + Provide Coaching
Host Annual Summit + Rebrand
44% of our Fellows have been referred to a position by another Fellow, and 80% of Fellows report that StartingBloc contributed significantly to their professional growth. 94% of Fellows believe they have a much stronger network as a result of StartingBloc, and 76% report greater clarity of purpose, passion & goals after attending a StartingBloc Institute. 41% of our Fellows are in positions of leadership before going through an Institute, whereas 62% of Fellows report that they continued or took on a new leadership role post-Institute.
We are at the early stage of our fund development, and we build personal and deep relationships with funders. Funders can expect:
- Invitations to see and experience any StartingBloc Institute or program
- Facilitated connections to StartingBloc Fellows
- Regular Funder-only updates on Impact
Interested in becoming a Funder?
Eliot Badgley Foundation
Cesar Gonzalez Sr.
Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis