Accelerator Application

Applications for the Impact Accelerator Cohort V are now open!

They will close on May 8, 2023.

The OU Impact Accelerator is built on mentorship-based growth, nonprofit education, and early-stage funding for Jewish nonprofit founders with the next groundbreaking ideas. Each year, we choose 4-6 organizations to join our cohort which includes nonprofit curriculum, mentorship, and a grant of 10K. We are always looking for the greatest new nonprofits with the potential to transform the Jewish communal landscape.

The Impact Accelerator cohort will consist of ventures tackling the issue of affordability and economic empowerment. This includes (but is not limited to) ventures that address underlying issues regarding food and shelter instability, career assistance, high cost of tuition, tutoring, or special needs education, help to create financial literacy, financial assistance and coaching, and anything else that can ease the burden of the high cost of Jewish life. 

For questions about the application process, please see our FAQ and reach out to Abigail Rochlin,

Good luck!

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What To Expect

Curriculum Topics Covered

Business Planning
Mission and Vision
Personal Growth
Social Media
Goal setting
Strategic Thinking
Learn the essentials of building a nonprofit business with workshops and seminars.
Receive guidance from successful entrepreneurs and professionals.
Work with cohort peers and other community nonprofit founders.
OU Network
Access OU program departments and networks for your venture.
Receive an initial investment for your nonprofit venture upon completion of the program.

Application Process


The Impact Accelerator works with Orthodox nonprofit ventures who cater to the North American Jewish Community. The Accelerator selects ventures which provide goods and services to the Orthodox community in ways that are related to its unique cultural or religious needs and that might not otherwise be made available to the community. Preference will be given to ventures that:

  • Address critical needs of the Jewish community
  • Provide innovative solutions
  • Have been in existence for more than six months and/or have an initial proof of concept
  • Are operated by tax-exempt organizations or plan to seek tax-exempt status
  • Are led by promising founders dedicated to their mission
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Application Process

Applications for Cohort V are now open.

  • March 14 – May 8, 2023: Online Application – request an application.
  • June 19 – 30, 2023: Interview – interview with the Accelerator selection committee
  • Week of July 10, 2023: Pitch – pitch your venture to the Accelerator and OU leadership
  • August 2023 – April 2024: Cohort Education – learning with a cohort of nonprofit founders
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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Impact Accelerator program

  • Why should I apply for the Impact Accelerator cohort?

  • What does the Impact Accelerator provide?

  • How do I apply for the OU Impact Accelerator program?

  • How does the Accelerator work?

  • What does the OU Impact Accelerator look for in a nonprofit?

  • What kinds of nonprofits do you support in the Accelerator?

  • How is the OU Impact Accelerator different from other grants and training programs?

  • Does the OU Impact Accelerator provide grant money?

Applying to the OU Impact Accelerator

  • How do I know if my nonprofit is the right fit for the Accelerator?

  • Does my nonprofit have to be located in the New York Metropolitan area?

  • How many nonprofits are accepted to the cohort? 

  • What is the time commitment for nonprofits in the accelerator?

  • What will I/my nonprofit gain from the OU Impact Accelerator program?

  • Who is involved in selecting the Impact Accelerator cohort?

  • Should I still apply if I lead a new program in an existing organization?

Application Specific Questions

  • Who should my references be on my application?

  • If my nonprofit’s name is still not solidified, what should I submit?

  • Remind me, how can I apply?