create / 2020

Mockingbird Incubator

Mockingbird Incubator

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Mockingbird Incubator

Mockingbird incubator is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that supports and trains early-stage and grassroots nonprofit organizations to increase the impact of their work.

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • South LA
  • Westside

In what stage of innovation is this project?

Expand existing program

What is the need you’re responding to?

Mockingbird Incubator (MBI) was created in response to the growing need in our community for new and emerging voices within the nonprofit sector. Time after time, we ran into people who had great ideas for starting a nonprofit but needed more than just a passion for helping others. They needed infrastructure and a road map to create a sustainable nonprofit that would have a lasting impact on the community we serve.

Why is this project important to the work of your organization?

Our work is simple: We are a nonprofit that helps people start their own nonprofit organization, on the right foot. Our work is important because we need newer, fresher, better ideas in the nonprofit sector and Mockingbird Incubator is leading the charge on creating that. We support organizations that foster equity, inclusivity and diversity. At Mockingbird Incubator, we empower nonprofit organizations to start and create sustainable impact in their communities.

We offer a 7-step program, which can be taken in its entirety or one class at a time. Each course teaches a different aspect of building your nonprofit.

Our topics include: Goal Definition & Strategic Planning. Board Development & Engagement. Developing a Successful Fundraising Plan. Program Development and Evaluation. Financials: Nonprofit Budget. Marketing & Branding. Ethical Leadership in a nonprofit.

At the end of our program, participants will have a strategic plan and the ability to write their first grant proposal.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this proposal?

Direct impact
Indirect impact

Please describe the broader impact of your proposal.

Starting a nonprofit is hard and can be very intimidating. But it shouldn’t be. It should be a space where anyone with an idea and a passion can throw their hat in the ring and help change the world. If we are able to give people a chance to elevate their voice, we can help them change the world. Every day, we face new and emerging issues which is exactly why we need fresh ideas and new perspectives that fuel new nonprofits. We will help change the world, one new nonprofit at a time.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

By June 30, 2021, 50 people will have started their own nonprofit and completed a strategic plan.

By June 30, 2021, 75% of participants will report they feel more empowered to start a nonprofit, as measured by our exit poll at the end of our webinars.

By December 31, 2020, all of our cohorts will be offered online.

Our vision for success is that everyone who is able to start a nonprofit, may do so confidently and with the ability to sustain their organization, particularly in times of crisis.

Which of the create metrics will your submission impact?​

  • Minority- and women-owned businesses

Are there any other LA2050 goal categories that your proposal will impact?

  • LA is the best place to CONNECT

Which of LA2050’s resources will be of the most value to you?

  • Office space for meetings, events, or for staff