Accelerator Application

Applications for the Impact Accelerator are currently closed. You can include your information here, and we will reach out during the next round of the selection process. Please check on our Facebook and Linkedin pages for updates about our program.

The OU Impact Accelerator is built on mentorship-based growth 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 10-15K. We are always looking for the greatest new nonprofits with the potential to transform the Jewish communal landscape.

Good luck!

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What To Expect

Curriculum Topics Covered

Business Planning
Communication
Marketing
Mission and Vision
Entrepreneurship
Operations
Evaluation
Personal Growth
Financials
Regulation
Fundraising
Social Media
Goal setting
Strategic Thinking
Governance
Teamwork
Curriculum
Learn the essentials of building a nonprofit business with workshops and seminars.
Mentorship
Receive guidance from successful entrepreneurs and professionals.
Collaboration
Work with cohort peers and other community nonprofit founders.
OU Network
Access OU program departments and networks for your venture.
Investment
Receive an initial investment for your nonprofit venture upon completion of the program.

Application Process

Criteria

The Impact Accelerator works with Orthodox nonprofit founders 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
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Application Process

Applications for Cohort IV are now closed. Please follow us on social media for updates on our programming.

  • Online Application – request an application. Cohort IV applications closed on January 6, 2022
  • Interview – interview with the Accelerator selection committee (March 2022)
  • Pitch – pitch your venture to the Accelerator Executive Board (April 2022)
  • Cohort – begin learning with a cohort of nonprofit founders (Spring 2022)
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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Impact Accelerator program

  • 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?