NEW SUN RISING
2018 IMPACT REPORT
Building vibrant communities through cultue, sustainability, + opportunity.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR
BOARD CHAIR + EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friends2018 marked the thirteenth year of operations for New Sun Rising (NSR). During that time it has been both humbling and inspiring to witness the sacrifices people make in order to change the trajectory of their lives and communities. And, while these efforts give us plenty to be hopeful about, we recognize that there is still plenty of work ahead to overcome the challenges to achieve social, environmental, and economic justice. Leading these efforts is New Sun Rising's interdisciplinary, racially and ethnically diverse team. We couldn't be prouder to work alongside such creative and empathetic individuals who give their authentic selves in service to the 150+ nonprofit, small business, and community leaders that we support each year. None of this would be possible without them. Over the past year, NSR saw a 57% increase in funding support to achieve our mission through the core strategies of our Vibrant Communities Framework. We mentored, educated, and consulted to help build capacity. We focused $2.1 million of investments towards goals of strengthening culture, promoting sustainability, and building access to opportunity. We stayed radically committed to action by helping others ignite, launch, and grow their work. NSR believes that all people and communities hold the knowledge and power to make positive change. Their story is our story. As our clients, donors, partners, and supporters read this 2018 impact report, we hope that you will gain a deeper appreciation of what we have accomplished together - and the power that we all have to continue to shape our future. SincerelyChristopher Ellis Board Chair
Scott Wolovich Executive Director
Board of Directors pictured above
Chris Ellis, Chair Katie Grim, Vice Chair Jillian Rogers, Secretary Brandon Hochstetler, Treasurer Ron Gaydos Eliada Griffin-El Sangya Gyawali Paul Irwin Daniel Rossi-Keen
Staff Alexis Boytim Sustainability VISTA Zaheen Hussain Director of Sustainability Alyse Horn Pyatt Communications Manager Jamie Johnson Manager of Performance Improvement Emily Laughlin Equity + Capacity VISTA Leigh Solomon Pugliano Director of Opportunity Daniel Stiker Director of Culture + Operations Brian Wolovich Triboro Ecodistrict Manager Scott Wolovich Executive Director
NONPROFIT + SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS
Location of nonprofits + small businesses supported in 2018 by Culture, Sustainability, + Opportunity
TRAINING HOURS PROVIDED
COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS MANAGED + DEPLOYED
LOCAL RESOURCE HUBSÂ SUPPORTED
OUR FRAMEWORK FOR CHANGE
VIBRANT COMMUNITIES Many people are striving to create a better future for themselves and their communities. In 2018, New Sun Rising helped 156 leaders by providing 1,443 hours of training and access to $2.1 million in funding to strengthen vulnerable communities.Â We do this by building the capacity of community leadersÂ through Planning, Connectivity, Resources, and Identity to help them make an even greater impact .
developing goals, strategies, and operations, codesigned with stakeholders and based upon research
promoting access to local networks to strengthen peer, community, and entrepreneurial communities
providing access to appropriate funding and financing based upon development stage and individual goals
amplifying the vision and stories of local stakeholders to inspire hope, trust, and a shared commitment to action
Too often, our investments in community hardware (physical infrastructure) and software (people + relationships) are disconnected. This trend contributes to worsening disparities that we see in the health and wealth of people. In the past year, NSR worked to close that gap by supporting an ecosystem of mission aligned nonprofits and small businesses. Together, their collective impact serves to strengthen our Culture, promote Sustainability, and build Opportunity throughout Southwestern PA.
CREATING IMPACT CULTURE
disovering, exploring, and celebrating the collection of values which drives behavior and creates identity
enhancing natural systems and health through community software and hardware for current and future generations
growing and retaining nonprofits and small businesses which provide increased access to financial, social, and knowledge capital
GETTING TO ACTION: PHASE 1
Every community has motivated, talented people with a unique story to tell. Ignite strategies help communities to bring their values and development priorities into focus. Activities integrate research, engagement, and early adopters to set a culture of action. The goal is to create an action plan by building a diverse network of stakeholders inspired to make equitable change happen.
2018 IGNITE HIGHLIGHTS
EXPLORING CULTURE + VALUES Etna ECO Series convened 531 people throughout the year to explore ecodistrict themes of food, energy, air, water, mobility, and equity, and create a shared future vision, supported through the NSR Sustainability VISTA program
MAPPING ASSETS + PRIORITIES RiverWise completed initial mapping of 80 existing community assets throughout Beaver County with the support of NSR, highlighting strengths and opportunities for ecodistricts development in Aliquippa, Beaver Falls, and Monaca
IDENTIFYING + SUPPORTING LEADERS Ignite Culture, Sustainability, and Opportunity workshops connected 49 emerging leaders with 16 mentors and $20,000 in awards, while NSR's Teen Air Quality Fellowship educated 10 youth on related issues and solutions
Every community has untapped and under resourced potential. Launch strategies help to convert this potential into action. Activities mobilize residents, businesses, and nonprofits, while strengthening relationships to build momentum for positive change. The result is tangible, measurable progress towards reaching community development goals.
2018 LAUNCH HIGHLIGHTS
MAKING RESOURCES ACCESSIBLE Launch Culture, Launch Sustainability, + One Northside Mini-grantsÂ provided $141,500 in grants and technical assistance to 60 projects
INCUBATING BUSINESSES + NONPROFITS Launch Wilkinsburg + Launch Sto-Rox Incubators supported 20 organizations with planning, resources, and connections, while activating the goals of local community plans
MEASURING PROGRESS Data measurement + reporting initiatives included aligning the NSR Annual Impact Survey with the Sustainable Development GoalsÂ and partnership with CMU on a Vibrancy Index Visualization Tool
Every community faces challenges to sustain and increase their progress. Grow strategies serve to increase the depth, breadth, and height of impact. Activities serve to refine plans, create collective action, and scale catalytic projects. The goal is to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of more people through equitable principles. 2018 GROW HIGHLIGHTS
DEVELOPING COLLABORATIONS 18 nonprofit partnerships were strengthened through the Triboro Ecodistrict, Regional Sustainability Collaborative, RiverWise, andÂ participation in The Partnership Network
ACTIVATING INFRASTRUCTURE Equitable development initiatives and local resource hubs supported at the Millvale Food + Energy Hub, Work Hard PGH, Prototype, Protohaven, 900 Wood St, City of Bridges Community Land Trust, and Community Forge
SCALING PROMISING SOLUTIONS Accelerating next level growth of 12 organizations through GROW Residency + Consulting, and Social Venture Partners Full Circle Program Management
PROVIDING GRANTS, LOANS, + AWARDS
ACCESSIBLE FUNDING + FINANCING The Vibrancy Funds are New Sun Rising's impact investment portfolio. In 2018, we provided underserved leaders with access to 127 grants and awards and issued 16 loans to help nonprofits and small businesses improve the economic, environmental, and social conditions of our region.
nonprofit projects received financial management services
$1,484,109 funds raised + managed
Project Highlights We Are All Related
Black Tech Nation (BTN)
Digital Bridges PGH
Counters the growing divisiveness currently exploding in our world, our nation, and in our city, through a passionate visualization of heart strong humanity presented through a large retrospective exhibition of Andrea London’s black & white studio portraits, accompanied by the subjects’ stories told in their own words in audiovisual recordings.
The first and only social good organization dedicated to growing a black tech ecosystem within Pittsburgh’s rapidly growing tech economy. Through their strategy, “Gather. Connect. Affect.”, BTN plans to make Pittsburgh the model city for true tech inclusion.
Closes the digital divide by using technology and digital literacy skills to reduce poverty, build equity, encourage individualized learning, improve employability, and nurture strong social connections. They help people build better lives by providing access and training to common technology then guiding them via mentorship to pathways to reach individual success goals.
2018 Vibrancy Funds loans, grants, and awards made possible through the major support of:
of organizations supported by NSR created outcomes primarily related to Culture. Together, they serve to reduce inequalities, preserve cultural heritage, and express authentic identity. Their collective impact is shown via the UN Sustainable Development Goals below.
12,768 people accessing fresh, healthy food
projects or activities reducing fine air particulates + pollutants
PearlArts Studios (SPdp + SS) exists to interpret and mirror culture and community through dance and dance centered multi-media experiences. In 2018 SPdp + SS educated 200 youth and 10 adult dancers through their programming. (photos: SPdp + SS)
women and girls receiving skills, knowledge, and resources to succeed
people educated on health behaviors who improved their knowledge + awareness
people employed who are minority or low income
hours of volunteering and probono services
68,284 11,304 people engaged by artists or cultural projects who improved their knowledge + awareness
people engaged in peace and justice issues
of organizations supported by NSR created outcomes primarily related to Sustainability. Together, they create resiliency and an improved quality of life now and for future generations. Their collective impact is shown via the UN Sustainable Development Goals below.
FEATURED PROJECT The Triboro Ecodistrict is a multi-municipal initiative coordinated by NSR and evolveEA, between stakeholders in Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg. In 2018, they engaged and educated over 500 people to take action through the shared lenses of: Food, Water, Energy, AirÂ Quality, Mobility, and Equity.
95,050 2,500 gallons of stormwater diverted from the sewer system
45,341 kWh of clean energy produced
people increased their environmental knowledge + awareness
carbon reduction equal to
acres of US forest
projects created positive environmental impacts
people became more educated + aware about responsible consumption
people became more educated + aware about environmental ecosystem protection
local governmental entities actively participating in climate change planning or projects
of organizations supported by NSR in 2018 created outcomes primarily focused on building Opportunity. Together, they provide increased access to the knowledge, networks, and financial investments to help people succeed. Their collective impact is shown via the UN Sustainable Development Goals below.
people employed who are at high risk of poverty
at risk people increased their skills + knowledge about poverty reduction
Global Wordsmiths reduces language access barriers by helpingÂ nonprofits and service providers to afford the costs of interpreters for their clients, as well as by teaching service providers all about language access.
people increased their technology skills + knowledge
jobs created in technology for underserved populations
760 jobs created or maintained
projects increased walkability
partnerships created or maintained
projects implemented by partnerships
MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR GENEROUS
DONORS + SPONSORS Abraham Bergstram Alixanne McGowan Amazon Smile Andrew Gurcak BrianÂ Wolovich Catherine Tsavalas Charlotte Wlodkowski Chuck Alcorn Crawfordellenbogen, LLC Daniel Jimenez CULTURE Eliada Griffin-EL Emily Randen Eventbrite First National Bank Genevieve McJunkin-Rhodes Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Ian Smith Imagebox Jake Skiba Jeb Feldman Jessica Duell Malcolm Kenton Michael S Wilson Network For Good NexTier PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) Sangya Gyawali Shawn Graham SHIFT Collaborative Tim Randall Wholesome Desi, LLC
BNY Mellon Borealis Philanthropy Bridgeway Capital, Inc Buhl Foundation Fidelity Charitable Henry John Simonds Foundation Henry L. Hillman Foundation Jewish Federation John and Helen Timo Foundation Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation Moringa Living LLC Neighborhood Allies PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee Opportunity Fund Portincula Foundation S Kent Rockwell Foundation Staunton Farm Foundation The Fine Foundation The Grable Foundation The Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania The Heinz Endowments The Pittsburgh Foundation The Sprout Fund Tides Foundation William Talbot Hillman Foundation
NEW SUN RISING
FINANCIAL REPORT INCOME TREND (2016-18) 2016 2017 2018 $0
INCOME (2018) Organizational
Loan Repayments 5.4%
Donations 7.5% 0%
Loan Repayments $66,146
EXPENSES (2018) Programs + Projects
NET INCOME (2018)
Programs + Projects 80.6%
SHAPE THE FUTURE
GET INVOLVED, GET INTO IT. Helping people build vibrant communities takes patience and persistence. It CULTURE also takes time, money, and expertise. This year, consider supporting New Sun Rising and the nonprofits, small businesses, or initiatives in our ecosystem. Everyone has unique skills and resources. There are many ways to contribute.
1. CONTRIBUTE YOUR TIME Volunteer at a workshop or event. Join a board of directors or advisory board.
2. CONTRIBUTE YOUR MONEY Make a donation. Provide a corporate sponsorship. Fuel on the ground impact.
3. CONTRIBUTE YOUR EXPERTISE Provide professional consulting or services. Make strategic introductions to your network.
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