2011 Incubator Class

August 5, 2011 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

We are pleased to announce the 2011 class of nonprofits. This year we will be supporting three amazing social entrepreneurs and the missions to which they are committed.

Returning to the incubator for a second year is Bobbi Sudberry. Bobbi is the co-founder and Executive Director of Kaity’s Way. Their Mission is to promote understanding and educate the community to lessen the instances of violence among or against children through P.E.A.C.E. (Patience, Empathy, Acceptance, Caring and Equality). Bobbi spends her days telling the story of the worst day of her life, the day her 17 year old daughter was murdered by the boy she had recently broken up with. Bobbi’s passion protect other teens has already resulted in Kaity’s Law and legislation requiring AZ School Districts to address the issue of teen dating violence. Last year Bobbi and Kaity’s Way received technical assistance in relation to infrastructure. This year the focus will be on the creation and implementation of a comprehensive development plan.

New to the incubator this year is John Edwards and the Arizona Pop Culture Museum. This is a new organization that we have already assisted in finding a fiscal agent. This year we’ll help them develop the Friends of the Arizona Pop Culture Museum from filing documents to board recruitment and initial development plans.

Also new to the incubator this year is Dr. Peter Coogan and the Institute for Comics Studies.  The Institute undertakes its mission to promote the study, understanding, recognition, and cultural legitimacy of comics through communication within the scholarly, professional, and fan communities, and with the general public.  The Institute holds academic conferences and brings scholars and professionals together to discuss comics in public venues such as comic book conventions; indexes scholarly and other secondary materials; promotes comics scholars and their work; coordinates and enables comics research collection development; and acts as an umbrella organization for other comics-oriented organizations, institutions, and academic programs. This is our first out of state organization and we are excited to explore e-mentoring.

All three organizations will receive technical assistance and resource and referral services through July 31, 2012.

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