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Survival Media is a Liverpool, UK-based media and publishing start up.

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Elevator Studios 25-31 Parliament Street

L8 5RN,

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Future Coalition Launches Incubator To Help The Next Generation Of Youth Nonprofits Changing The World

Feb 1, 2021

Shadia Payne Wood, Survival Media Agency Built by youth activists, for youth activists, Future Coalition is a national network that fosters community and collaboration among youth leaders and youth-led organizations. Young people have the ideas and passion to make incredible change in their local communities, in the country, and in the world. Future Coalition aims to provide these young people with the tools, resources, and support to power their ideas and amplify their impact via an incubator model. Alicia Novoa is a sophomore at Georgetown University and Director of Engagement at Future Coalition, a national network of youth activists and their organizations. Penelope Chester is Chief Operations Officer of March On/Future Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and sustaining grassroots power. I caught up with them recently to find out more about their innovative idea. Afdhel Aziz: Alicia, Penelope, welcome. So, what exactly is the “Future Incubator”? Alicia Novoa: Future Incubator is a one-stop shop for start-up non-profits and groups with big ideas for change to get everything they need to operationalize their visions. Future Incubator empowers youth and grassroots activists with the professional tools, skills, and relationships needed to run successful, lean organizations and lead powerful social movements. A joint program of March On/Future Coalition, a 501c4 non-profit organization, and March On Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, Future Incubator aims to lower the accessibility barrier to organizing by providing the resources that grassroots and youth organizers need in the way that works best for them: simple, streamlined offerings and support with a large degree of autonomy. Alicia Novoa is a sophomore at Georgetown University and Director of Engagement at Future Coalition, ... [+] a national network of youth activists and their organizations Future Coalition MORE FOR YOU Aziz: Thank you for sharing that. Incubators have been around for a long time, how is this a new idea? Penelope Chester: Incubators almost always focus on for-profit ventures. Future Incubator focuses on non-profit and social issue organizations and activities. We aid, elevate, and propel the work of young folks (and older folks!) who are too frequently held back by administrative and compliance challenges, particularly with regards to fiscal management. We harness the strength of our team and our infrastructure to support organizers with relationships, skills, technology, fundraising, and other tools. Aziz: That’s an interesting twist on the incubator idea for sure. What kind of organizations or activists have you helped already? Novoa: Since 2017, March On and Future Coalition have supported and resourced youth and grassroots organizers working on a range of issues including civic engagement, climate justice, racial justice, gun violence prevention, and more. Our current portfolio of projects consists primarily of youth-led organizations at the forefront of some of the most important social movements of our times. To name just a few, Polluters Out is a coalition for climate justice organizers and organizations worldwide with more than 120 organizations in over 70 countries and more than 100 organizers on their internal team. Isabella Fallahi founded Polluters Out when she was 16 years old — she  had a general idea for what it was like to run an organization and how to budget, do outreach, but needed help with managing the funds, financial support, providing lawyers who could give legal insight on our various projects, and really laying out the basic structure and safety nets for the movement so that Polluters Out has the longevity it needs to win this fight. Another organization we’re really proud to support is the Homegirl Project - a nonprofit dedicated to gender equity (and winner of the the 2019 Ashoka x T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge!). We’ve acted as a support system, a stable infrastructure, and experts in non-profit administration so that they can focus all of their energy on their mission and work. Homegirl Project, October 2019 "Slam Gun Violence!" Poetry Slam, San Francisco Homegirl Project Aziz: What are some of the challenges that the Future Incubator helps budding activists face? Novoa: When a group of 16 year-old organizers wants to raise money for a cause but doesn’t have a bank account to receive money in, we’re here for them. When a young person’s organization takes off and chapters pop up around the world, we help them find a leadership structure that works for them. When they join Future Incubator, organizations attain legal status by being projects of March On as well as fiscal sponsorship (for tax-deductions) through March On Foundation. Moreover, they receive individualized, ongoing support in administrative duties such as operations, finance, and compliance that are necessary in running their organization. Our staff, along with our legal team and partners, work with each group to ensure every part of their operations are running smoothly. Projects can set up to work with us for a limited period of time or remain on indefinitely. Under Future Incubator, we also have the Future Consulting track, which provides the same professional services to existing organizations or informal groups who do not require legal status on a case-by-case basis. This can range from a single legal question to help creating a fundraising plan. Penelope Chester, a Chief Operations Officer of March On/Future Coalition March On/Future Coalition Aziz: And what is the business model behind this? Do you charge for your services? Chester: Because we believe it’s important to make activism and organizing accessible to all, our fiscal sponsorship fees are below market rate – and are often nominal. So far, March On and Future Coalition have been absorbing the costs of Future Incubator into our regular operational costs. After a full year of operations – and 25 projects onboarded to Future Incubator – we are at a point where we are restructuring and streamlining the program to ensure we continue to provide a high level of valuable support to our projects. Even though the costs of operating Future Incubator are high, there is real value and significant benefits for our organization as we continue to build this program. When they join Future Incubator, they join our organizational community and allow us to expand the depth and breadth of our work. March On/Future Coalition becomes the owner – the responsible party – for the project’s assets, and we honor this responsibility by being the best stewards we can be, all the while working to give organizers the degree of autonomy that suits them. Aziz: Finally, what kinds of brands would you consider partnering with? Chester: We have tended to focus less on corporate sponsorships and more on strategic partnerships. There have been a handful of corporate sponsors and partners in the last few years, mostly around climate work, and the companies are very mission-aligned (Lush, Patagonia, 7th Generation, Boxed Water, to name a few). We’ve also done apparel projects with KITH and Michael Stars where we receive a portion of the profits from specific items. In general, we’re open to working with brands that can bring something meaningful to the table and have progressive values. And, of course, we’re really interested in working with a company or large foundation that has the ability to underwrite the true costs of providing these services to youth groups, in a scaled manner. Follow me on  Twitter  or  LinkedIn . Check out my  website  or some of my other work  here .

  • What is Survival Media's latest funding round?

    Survival Media's latest funding round is Seed VC.

  • Who are the investors of Survival Media?

    Investors of Survival Media include AXM Venture Capital and North West Fund for Digital & Creative.

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