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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


SUPPORTING

NONPROFIT + SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS

Location of nonprofits + small businesses supported in 2018 by Culture, Sustainability, + Opportunity

156

LEADERS SUPPORTED

1,443

TRAINING HOURS PROVIDED

$2,135,905

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS MANAGED + DEPLOYED

6

LOCAL RESOURCE HUBSÂ SUPPORTED

43

NEIGHBORHOODS IMPACTED


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. We do this by building the capacity of community leaders through Planning, Connectivity, Resources, and Identity to help them make an even greater impact .

BUILDING CAPACITY

IDENTI

PLANNING

CONNECTIVITY

RESOURCES

IDENTITY

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

SUSTAINABILITY

OPPORTUNITY

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

IGNITE

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

CULTURE

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


PHASE 2

LAUNCH

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-grants 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 Goals and partnership with CMU on a Vibrancy Index Visualization Tool


PHASE 3

GROW

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

CULTURE

DEVELOPING COLLABORATIONS 18 nonprofit partnerships were strengthened through the Triboro Ecodistrict, Regional Sustainability Collaborative, RiverWise, and 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.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

72

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:


REGIONAL IMPACT

STRENGTHENINGÂ CULTURE

43%

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.

FEATURED PROJECT

CULTURE

12,768 people accessing fresh, healthy food

32

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)

866

women and girls receiving skills, knowledge, and resources to succeed

704

people educated on health behaviors who improved their knowledge + awareness

570 25,682

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


REGIONAL IMPACT

PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY

23%

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, Air 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

38

acres of US forest

102

projects created positive environmental impacts

744

people became more educated + aware about responsible consumption

4,230

people became more educated + aware about environmental ecosystem protection

12

local governmental entities actively participating in climate change planning or projects


REGIONAL IMPACT

BUILDING OPPORTUNITY

34%

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.

FEATURED PROJECT

CULTURE

76

people employed who are at high risk of poverty

580

at risk people increased their skills + knowledge about poverty reduction

Global Wordsmiths reduces language access barriers by helping nonprofits and service providers to afford the costs of interpreters for their clients, as well as by teaching service providers all about language access.

390

people increased their technology skills + knowledge

39

businesses established

75

jobs created in technology for underserved populations

760 jobs created or maintained

48

projects increased walkability

315

partnerships created or maintained

183

projects implemented by partnerships


MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR GENEROUS

DONORS + SPONSORS Abraham Bergstram Alixanne McGowan Amazon Smile Andrew Gurcak Brian 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

$1,000,000

$2,000,000

$3,000,000

INCOME (2018) Organizational

Fiscal Sponsorship

Loan Repayments 5.4%

Donations 7.5% 0%

Grants $926,620

Services 17.6%

Donations 1%

Grants 76%

Services $214,784

Services $34,929

Donations $12,385

Donations $122,866

Loan Repayments $66,146

EXPENSES (2018) Programs + Projects

$340,454

Operations

$108,899

$385,321

Grants 90.4%

Payroll 14.7%

$1,869,349

Payroll

NET INCOME (2018)

Grants $1,484,109

0%

Operations 4.7%

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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New Sun Rising 2018 Impact Report  

New Sun Rising is an innovative 501(c)(3) community development organization building vibrant communities through culture, sustainability, +...

New Sun Rising 2018 Impact Report  

New Sun Rising is an innovative 501(c)(3) community development organization building vibrant communities through culture, sustainability, +...

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