With that growth comes new challenges and opportunities to ensure that no one is left behind, and everyone can take part in and contribute to our region’s success.
Excellerate can play many roles in driving systemic change, so determining the right one for the right situation is crucial. The same is true for the people with whom we work, so that we are not asking for more than anyone is able to give and to ensure that we are playing to our collective strengths at all times.
To identify needs, Excellerate must listen, whether it’s to the regional data provided by Hark or the insights that come from those facing or working with those who face the greatest challenges in Northwest Arkansas.
We are always interested in hearing the stories from those on the front-line, especially those related to our initiatives.
For more than 20 years, Excellerate has made grants to non-profit organizations that provide the most sought-after services to our community. But as we look forward, we can see additional ways to support Northwest Arkansas: community funds, program-related investments, incubation processes, and more.
Excellerate does not have funding cycles, so inquiries can be made at any time through our contact form. However, unsolicited briefs or proposals are not accepted.
Those who submit inquiries should note the following:
+ Excellerate focuses on a specific region and population, as described in What We Do.
+ Excellerate’s current initiatives are an excellent guide to the types of inquiries that will be well-received.
+ Inquiries that also ladder up to our larger, systemic objectives, rather than just support the mission of an individual organization, have the greatest chance of success.
Effecting systemic change on a regional level is not a goal any organization can accomplish alone. Excellerate promotes and engages in collaboration whenever possible with those whose goals align with our own in order to maximize the scope and impact of our efforts on the community.
Collaborations with Excellerate are often, but not always, born from existing relationships with our colleagues in philanthropy, the human services sector, the business community, or government agencies.
The closest form of working with Excellerate is partnership. Being a partner has three primary components:
Shared Strategy Development
More than just having existing goals that align, partners help develop new strategies with Excellerate.
Shared Working Teams
Relationships in a partnership are key, so each organization brings its best staff to the table to ensure excellence.
Whether through financial, human, or other resources, partners join Excellerate in investing in bold, innovative ideas that have the potential to transform systems in Northwest Arkansas.
Excellerate initiates partnerships with our colleagues in philanthropy, the human services sector, the business community, and government agencies, building on years of shared knowledge, experience, and trust.