In 2017, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities engaged Good Insight to design a companion to Upstart — a capacity building program focused on the executives of small, grassroots, and emerging nonprofits. Good Insight researched program models and conducted focus groups to identify the root causes of these entities’ lack of access to financial resources, the agency’s historically prohibitive funding practices, and recent advancements in equity and inclusion to incorporate leaders of the city’s smaller nonprofits. From these findings, and with collaboration from CAH, Good Insight designed LiftOff to create a safe space for leaders to learn promising management practices from their peers and other experts in the field, while also providing new sources of CAH grant funding and sustained technical assistance over the life of their projects.
Good Insight was contracted to lead LiftOff through its inaugural year. Over eight months, Good Insight administered a $500,000 program investment, designed and executed six peer learning sessions, and provided assessments and direct technical assistance to a cohort of 18 senior leaders.
For more information or to get involved with LiftOff, visit the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities at www.dcarts.dc.gov