An Executive Perspective: The Growth of the Rising Leaders Program

"This month, our Executive Director Tim Smith shared his insights from our 2014 Idea Jamathon hosted at He was a crucial component behind developing the Rising Leaders Program and has helped the dynamic group become what it is today!

We at FCF were extremely proud to have hosted our 2nd Annual Idea Jamathon this past Saturday at Thank you to Amie Vaccaro (Rising Leader Co-Chair) and Ben Rattray (FCF Honoree and Founder/CEO of for their support and sponsorship.

I had several moments of complete admiration and pride on Saturday, which also happened to be Pride Weekend in San Francisco. I continue to be amazed and proud to live in a city thriving with innovation, collaboration, and leveraged support for social change.

The Rising Leaders program that we piloted two years ago has grown beyond our wildest dreams. We are now supporting 40+ emerging leaders from companies such as Google, Twitter, Apple, and Zynga. We also support leaders from nonprofits such as former grant partners Embrace and New Teacher Center. It has been an extreme joy to see these leaders grow; almost half of our 2014 grant partnership leads are Rising Leaders!

We look forward to welcoming even more Rising Leaders aboard, and truly thank The Koret Foundation, Lenny Mendonca, and other supporters of this initiative.

We are thrilled to have supported 25+ innovative nonprofits and social enterprises through this program, while executing on our dual mission of organizational and personal impact.


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