With all your power, what will you do?

Topics: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

With all your power, what will you do?

I hear over and over again how helpless we all feel at the complexity of our most challenging social problems which leaves so many of our community members suffering right in front of us. But have you ever thought about the POWER that you hold to make a change? Consider your own financial and intellectual resources. YOU, YES YOU, HAVE GREAT POWER. How you choose to share your power determines the world we all live in, and could very well ease the suffering of so many.

We all know we can do better, it is time to step up and try something different and with Full Circle Fund’s new #ImpactCloud partnership, twenty-two executives from Adobe, Amazon, Box, Chegg, DocuSign, Forge Global, Okta, Oracle NetSuite, Salesforce, Splunk and Twilio are stepping up to partner with us at Full Circle Fund, to help leverage their power to build a better Bay Area.

At Full Circle Fund, we are continuously testing models and programs that allow companies and individuals (our Members) to leverage their power and resources to build a better and more equitable community. We provide our Members with a network to explore the influence that they all hold and a platform to share their resources with local nonprofits leaders (our Grant Partners) who are solving our community's most pressing problems. Our Grant Partners are often overlooked when resources are being distributed by individuals in power, despite them being as entrepreneurial, innovative, and audacious as the private sector companies that are regularly funded at scale. Full Circle Fund knows that when our Members share their financial, intellectual and network resources, we build the power of our Grant Partners to create a more equitable community that works for everyone.

Through our recently launched #ImpactCloud Partnership, this cohort of 22 tech executives from 11 top Silicon Valley companies will accelerate three local nonprofits who are building tech solutions for social good. This accelerator is a first-of-its-kind engagement opportunity that will go beyond traditional skill-based volunteering. It will incorporate training focused on power and privilege into the volunteer experience for these executive leaders. We are proud to partner with these 22 executives and 11 companies who see a problem and want to try something bold and new, or as we often say – DISRUPT. However, this form of disruption will look different. Together we will be exploring ways to share the collective power of these disruptions to build the collective power of these local nonprofits who will shape innovative solutions and build a better Bay Area for all.

We are confident this partnership will deepen cross-sector engagement between the nonprofit and tech sectors to help build a stronger and more united Bay Area. Leaders from the tech sector will partner with vetted, high-impact nonprofit organizations to help refine and scale their technology-driven mission. During the program, tech leaders learn to work with nonprofit partners through a lens of equity and empathy, while using their business acumen to build social impact products that create change locally and around the world.

In our first cohort, completed in 2018, we saw the impact that a program like this can have: “Full Circle Fund was a game-changer. Our mobile app WorkIt supports people working in low-wage hourly jobs. As a result of going through the Tech Accelerator, we saw a nearly 300% increase in download conversions. The collaboration exceeded my expectations, and as a result, more men and women received timely advice about their workplace rights." -- Catherine Huang, Chief Technology Officer at United for Respect Grant Partner from 2018 Cohort

Full Circle Fund believes that in five years, we can unlock $100 million in new resources invested back into Bay Area nonprofits through scaling of programs like this. We envision a community where we all work together to help everyone succeed because we all do better when we all do better.

We invite you to join us, and together we WILL build a better Bay Area.

Find out more about this new partnership here or contact us at info@fullcirclefund.org.