Accelerate Change is a nonprofit (c3/c4) lab dedicated to catalyzing new scalable, financially-self sustainable models for progressive citizen organizing. Accelerate Change is particularly focused on developing new organizing models that engage communities of color and low-income communities, as well as organizing models that bring together diverse citizens across class and race.
We help social change organizations build the people power and financial resources needed to make the lasting public policy changes needed for all communities to thrive. Drawing upon the lessons from some of the largest and most impactful social change institutions, our theory of change is based on the idea that membership organizations can experience explosive, financially sustainable growth when they provide a robust set of benefits and services that have an outstanding value to the people they seek to organize. Learn more about our model for scalable citizen organizing in the article, “The Secret of Scale
” from the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Accelerate Change helps start-up ventures and established organizations scale their relationships with constituencies using lean startup methodologies and other business strategies. We focus on testing services (digital and offline) that provide real value in people’s everyday lives and are financially self-sustainable. Read more about our approach to experimentation in the article, “The Promise of Lean Experimentation
” also from the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Accelerate Change incubates some of the fastest growing digital organizing ventures in the country with a particular focus on organizing in communities of color and low-income communities. Incubated ventures include:
- PushBlack, which builds trusted subscriber relationships with African-Americans through daily black history and news stories that then lead to political and advocacy actions. PushBlack has grown to over 3M mobile messaging subscribers (SMS+Messenger) over the past 2 years.
- Revolution English, which has developed a financially self-sustainable model for providing free online English lessons to over 500,000 immigrants, and also providing these immigrants with resources to get better jobs, immigration help, and advocacy opportunities.
- Pulso, a new venture launched in 2018, which builds political power in the Latinx community.
Accelerate Change also works with a select group of progressive organizations, including the Sierra Club, National Domestic Workers Alliance, AFSCME, and Pantsuit Nation to experiment with new digital media initiatives.
Accelerate Change’s team of 22 staff bring a diverse mix of tech, business, organizing, and media backgrounds and deep experience with the diverse communities that we engage.