We identify
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We seek out multiple stakeholders across our region to get the clearest picture of the most pressing needs.

We seek out multiple stakeholders across our region to get the clearest picture of the most pressing needs.

We connect
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We connect diverse organizations to each other so that they can achieve more together than they could alone. And we connect people in our community to the resources they need.

We connect diverse organizations to each other so that they can achieve more together than they could alone. And we connect people in our community to the resources they need.

We drive
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To create long-lasting, fundamental change, the systems that shape our daily lives must be transformed. We take on this challenge, dedicating ourselves to excellence while accelerating decisive action.

 

To create long-lasting, fundamental change, the systems that shape our daily lives must be transformed. We take on this challenge, dedicating ourselves to excellence while accelerating decisive action.

 

How do we Identify?

We listen, we analyze, and we learn.

We actively seek out multiple stakeholders and data sets across sectors to get the clearest picture of the most pressing needs in our region.

Census data reveals that 67% of jobs in Northwest Arkansas pay $50,000 or less, with the area median income being $52,000.

This represents some 150,000 people that are the underpinning of our region and yet often go unnoticed.

They are employed but at high-risk of financial instability (also known as asset limited/income constrained-employed or “ALICE”). This is the target population of Excellerate.

Our primary listening device is Hark.

Hark connects people to resources—with an emphasis on Excellerate’s target population—while also providing an accurate and near real-time view of the largest gaps in our community through a robust and comprehensive database.

Using ten social determinants of health as our guide, Excellerate has identified three Strategic Pillars in which our initiatives lie: Social Support, Housing, and Education.

 

How do we connect organizations?

 

We foster collaboration.

We bring together Collaborators and Partners from across multiple sectors—philanthropy, business, government, and others—so that we can achieve more together than we can alone.

In some cases, Excellerate only connects organizations with complementary missions that might not know that others are fighting a similar fight. However, we often join the discussion to see where we can make a difference, which sometimes leads to us taking a more proactive role.

How do we connect individuals?

We connect them to Hark.

While Northwest Arkansas is resource rich, it is also connection poor. Connecting people to the community resources they need is why we founded Hark at Excellerate Foundation in 2017.

Since then, Hark has helped thousands of individuals and families with comprehensive, individualized “client plans” using the most extensive map of regional resources ever created—more than 1,000 referrals across 10 social determinants of health and 50 areas of need. Hark then follows up with clients to ensure that they actually connect to service providers.

WHY WE CREATED HARK

Education
Work
Health
Transit
Social Support
Goods
Legal
Food
Housing
Money

How do we drive change?

We Excellerate.

To create long-lasting, fundamental change, the systems that shape our daily lives must be transformed. But this is no easy task. It requires strategy, diligence, collaboration, and decisive action.

So we dedicate ourselves to excellence while pushing ourselves to match the urgency of the need. We Excellerate.

At Excellerate, we work with others in the community in several different ways.

As a participant, convener, facilitator, or leader to drive systemic change.

As a demonstrator of novel concepts that can be built upon by the community.

As a strategic partner with co-investments and co-working teams.

As an investor providing financial resources through various means when data shows that to be the best course of action.

As an incubator when there is a gap in the community and additional business acumen is needed to start the organization that can fill it.
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And as a data resource providing the clearest possible picture of what is going on in our community at multiple levels to the various organizations within Northwest Arkansas.

Our Approach in Action

Affordable Communities: A look at Cobblestone Farm Community

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Identify

Census data shows that there are tens of thousands of people having to pay rents in excess of 30% to 50% of their income just to house their families.  This is unsustainable.

Connect

Excellerate has partnered with New Heights Church, Strategic Realty, and many others to explore the possibilities around creating affordable communities through the low-income housing tax credit program (LIHTC). 

Drive

Cobblestone Farm Community will bring together nearly 100 families from diverse circumstances, with most residing in two-to-three bedroom duplexes that range between $400 and $650 in monthly rent. It will also include some market-rate housing to encourage the development of a mixed-income neighborhood.

VIEW PROJECT

Whats Happening?

Current Initiatives

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Together, we can drive systemic change in Northwest Arkansas.


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