The Providence After School Alliance is the only homegrown, Rhode Island nonprofit on the S&I 100 Index compiled by the Social Impact Exchange in an effort to attract funders by offering “proof of results.”
Social impact, or how an organization affects its community, is a challenge to measure, but the Growth Philanthropy Network in New York City, itself a nonprofit founded in 2005, established the Social Impact Exchange in 2009 in order to do just that, said Monica Ward, the network’s senior manager of nonprofit initiatives.
PASA has been part of the index since it was launched in November 2012. There are now 114 nonprofits or national organizations with state affiliates on the list, Ward said.
It’s meant to include high-impact nonprofits that are trying to scale their work beyond their immediate environment. The original intent, Ward added, was to target an audience of high-net-worth individuals as donors who could feel comfortable knowing their money would have a demonstrable effect on the causes they cared about.
Invited to apply to the index, PASA is a public/private partnership and nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose Hub and AfterZone programs for helping educate and engage high school and middle school youth, respectively, have been attracting requests from cities across the country to help replicate the models.
Hillary Salmons, PASA’s executive director, said the application process required supplying materials “three telephone books high” regarding finance, budgets, business and strategic plans, logic models, operations manuals and evaluations.
“We have all that material because we’ve been training other cities to replicate us,” Salmons said. “[Longtime funders] have high expectations about ‘replicability,’ so quite frankly, I’m always shooting for the gold standard.”