(Photo by Flickr user Echoing Green NYC, used under a Creative Commons license)
It took four applications over six years, but Rising Sons cofounder Alex Peay has finally landed a fellowship with Echoing Green, the celebrated 30-year-old global nonprofit that supports social entrepreneurs with an array of programs and seed funding.
Peay, who founded Rising Sons 10 years ago to help individuals in disadvantaged communities ages 18 to 35 turn their “passion into their profession” through community engagement and hands-on experience with a mentor, is now Echoing Green’s 2016 Black Male Achievement Fellow.
Besides having access to programs that will help Peay hone and scale his model, the fellowship includes $90,000 in seed funding that will be deployed over two years.
“Echoing Green is the first investor to believe in our work and give us this amount of dollars,” Peay said. “We’re going to use it to find and raise more money.”
From our Partners
Peay said his nonprofit more or less operates like a “positive gang.” Members learn about the organization’s history before getting connected with a mentor inside the nonprofit’s core network of professionals. Rising Sons’ programming aims to drive economic growth in communities, but by doing so simultaneously fosters personal development and community empowerment.
But before Rising Sons can scale those initiatives, the organization has to go through a rebrand. Peay said Rising Sons has changed its name to its slogan, Ones Up. Not only is the new name gender-inclusive, but it’s a phrase that Peay said people are already familiar with.
The ultimate goal, he said, is to cast a wider net that will allow the organization to create more impact.
“We’re trying to make a model where we have cohorts,” he said. “We want to be able to expand to other cities in the next few years and across the country in the next decade.”
For now, Peay said, Philadelphia will remain home for Ones Up.-30-
From our Partners
By sunsetting, the Douty Foundation makes a strong case for limited-life philanthropy
Nonprofit AF: 10 predictable responses from white dudes when people criticize inequitable systems
Pennsylvania Humanities Council is offering up to $20,000 in flexible funding — but you have to act fast
Meet Kim Andrews, new executive director for The Fund for Women and Girls
Fairmount Park Conservancy
Capital Projects ManagerApply Now
Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP)
Director of Development and CommunicationsApply Now
Managing Directors: Career Pathways & Community ResiliencyApply Now
Brittany Bronson: ‘So many Black women get stuck in the middle because we don’t have mentors and champions’
How well did philanthropy respond to COVID?
PA county govs map out how they will use American Rescue Plan money while state dithers
Be the leader to bring a 26-year mission into the future in Chester County
Young Audiences NJ and Eastern PA
Arts Education Administrator (Hybrid)Apply Now
Community Legal Services
Communications and Social Media AssociateApply Now
Regional Housing Legal Services
Staff Attorney, Housing Development Legal ServicesApply Now