Will social problems—such as affordable housing, poverty, homelessness and transportation—increasingly overwhelm our city? Or will we come together to address community needs? Mission Capital is dedicated to helping mission-driven people and organizations create lasting social change.
Accelerator Graduate Improves Homeless Services and Generate Sustainable Revenue
Caritas of Austin
Through their participation in the 2014 Mission Accelerator, Caritas created a plan to transform their homeless services into a neighborhood-based model. While their main office downtown remains intact, each satellite location will serve as a neighborhood resource to truly engage poverty where it exists. Caritas worked with Mission Capital consultants and local business experts to create a comprehensive plan including strategy, cost structure, revenue streams, capital expenditures and growth projections for their new operations.
In April 2015, Caritas successfully opened a satellite center in the Northgate Plaza in Rundberg. Executive Director Jo Kathryn Quinn credits the Accelerator for helping bring their vision to life. Through its Caritas North location, the organization will generate measurable savings for the City of Austin. Read more…
Revenue Strategies for Accelerator Graduate
Easter Seals Central Texas
Easter Seals Central Texas participated in our first-ever Accelerator with hopes of growing their Lawn & Landscape Services. They’re on a mission to reduce unemployment for people with disabilities by 10% by 2020 and was looking at new business models, alternative funding sources and the right connections in the community to help achieve that goal.
After the Accelerator, Easter Seals pitched their idea to a room full of philanthropists and community leaders. Easter Seals was selected to be a Mission Capital investee, receiving $35,000 and three years of continued consulting and mentor support. Since then, Easter Seals received a $50,000 social impact loan from investors in Mission Capital’s Alternative Financing Taskforce. Through Mission Capital, Easter Seals has connected to a deep network of Austin’s entrepreneurs and philanthropists and is well on their way to creating new jobs for individuals with disabilities. Read more…
Collective Impact for Austin-area Foster Children
Travis County Collaborative for Children
Texas Christian University (TCU) Institute of Child Development partnered with Mission Capital as well as local nonprofits, funders, community activists and government agencies to lead a project aimed at improving our foster care system. Goals of the Travis County Collaborative for Children (TCCC) include reducing total time in care for children in the system, reducing total number of placements, creating a network of care based on Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI)® caregiving principles, and enhancing advocacy efforts to change policies and practices in CPS and across the system.
The Travis County Collaborative for Children has already engaged 200 representatives from 35 organizations including courts, law enforcement, child welfare services and educators, bringing together the largest group tackling foster care system in Texas. Complex issues like fixing the foster care system take time, but the collaborative is already seeing successes towards transformational change. Read more…
Community Approach to Improving Children’s Health
GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin
Initiated by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin (GAVA) is a placed-based, cross-sector initiative dedicated to improving the health of children in Dove Springs/78744 and the 78745 neighborhood of Austin. The goal of GAVA is to fight childhood obesity and create healthy communities by providing access to nutritious foods and physical activity while establishing a sustainable community effort for ongoing transformation. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation reached out to Mission Capital to provide strategic guidance on their GAVA initiatives.
With a heavy emphasis on resident leadership development, sustainability, and ongoing evaluation, GAVA has built a strong foundation and is able to track its successes based on measurable change in areas that all partners agree are important. Through its collective approach, GAVA is creating change and building sustainability. Read more…
Merger of AMOA and Arthouse at the Jones Center
The Contemporary Austin
The Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and Arthouse at the Jones Center shared a complicated past (they were originally one organization and had split 50 years ago) and initiated talks of a strategic collaboration, including a structured merger exploration process. They called in Mission Capital for merger negotiations and strategic guidance.
Mission Capital led the two museums through the entire process, including establishing a merger taskforce, budgeting and staffing needs, CEO interim placement and search, board roles, letter of intent, and even resolving the official name of the new organization and “flagship” museums. In the case of AMOA-Arthouse, the merger resulted in greater fiscal stability, attracting a visionary new leader, new brand (The Contemporary Austin) and ultimately strong partnerships leading to the securement of a $9 million grant. Read more…
Comprehensive Evaluation Process
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bullock Texas State History Museum was granted planning funds for a new exhibit. The funding was intended, in part, to support implementation of an evaluation process to assess what visitors wanted from the exhibit prior to its construction and how they would react once it opened. The museum partnered with Mission Capital to create a comprehensive evaluation process.
Through the creation of a logic model for the exhibit, various needs assessment tools, and the development of a tool for collecting, analyzing and reporting data, Mission Capital built the Museum’s capacity to conduct similar evaluations of other programming in the future. Read more…
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