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Merger of Four Organizations in the Field of Jewish Innovation

Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group, PresenTense and Upstart Bay Area provide capacity building support to startups and emerging leaders serving the Jewish community. The organizations realized that there was a lot of overlap among their programs and funders, which created confusion for their clients and competition for funding. In order to better serve their community, the organizations engaged a consultant to help them explore a merger, and in October 2016, all four organizations announced their intention to merge to form Upstart. A grant from The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration funded a portion of the costs of the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $4,000

Year Granted: 2017

Timeframe: Grant awarded over multiple years

Grantee: UpStart

Location: CA - California

Grantee Website: UpStart