We believe that Christian entrepreneurs who are spiritually serious, culturally astute, and in community are uniquely suited to build sustainable ventures that renew culture, bless their people and partners, and embody the love and grace of the gospel.
Through our flagship Nonprofit Accelerator, we help entrepreneurs become deeply formed as leaders who guide their nonprofit organizations to be more effective in leveraging philanthropic capital, and more redemptive in their impact.
This mentorship-driven, non-residential Accelerator equips high-capacity founders as they innovate in their respective sectors. We accept just 12 seed and early-stage ventures every year, with up to two co-founding leaders (known as Praxis Fellows) per organization.
2024 NONPROFIT cohort Applications
Applications for the 2024 Nonprofit Accelerator program are now open through June 2, 2023. The 2024 program cycle itself will begin in October 2023 and run through May 2024. Apply now!
To nominate or recommend a candidate for the program, complete the nomination form. We'll review your nomination and invite them to apply.
Explore the Accelerator
What Praxis offers
During and beyond their participation in the Nonprofit Accelerator, Praxis supports the growth, health, and impact of new ventures by equipping entrepreneurs in five critical areas.
Values-Aligned CapitalRead more about praxis capital partners in our FAQs
Enabled by program mentoring, Showcase events, informal gatherings, and other introductions, over $100M in investment and philanthropic capital has been placed into portfolio ventures through our community.
New for the 2023 program, Praxis Capital Partners is an initiative led by generous donors in the Praxis community who are committed to supporting redemptive ventures in our portfolio. All ventures completing the Accelerator program will receive $50,000 in unrestricted grant capital that may be used to fund areas of greatest need determined by Fellows. This capital will be transferred to Fellows upon completion of the program in May 2023.
This capital allocation is not a direct grant to Fellows by Praxis as an organization; instead, it represents a deepening of our long-standing model to facilitate direct relationships between funders and founders in the Praxis community. We have established Praxis Capital Partners to better connect and engage both groups in the work of building ventures.
Through our Accelerator programming and introductions, Fellows are introduced to dozens of mentors who—in addition to bringing domain expertise and deep insight—are exemplars of redemptive leadership.
In the company of mentors, faculty, and peers, we use the Redemptive Nonprofit Playbook and Rule of Life to apply the paradigm-shifting ideas, commitments, practices, and experiences of redemptive entrepreneurship to each Fellow and venture.
We integrate prayer, teaching, and other shared spiritual practices into the program so that we grow in faith as we grow in leadership. We connect Fellows to providers of trusted resources (for marriage health, counseling, and spiritual direction) in the community.
Fellows looking for values-aligned talent for their ventures can post their venture’s open jobs, search on profiles of people who have participated in a Praxis experience, and make connections with others in the community.
What Fellows gain
You'll strengthen your nonprofit. In the Accelerator we're working together to make your venture more effective, high-impact, sustainable, and redemptive as it grows. You'll regularly discuss and apply powerful principles and specific tactical counsel across the venture, in multiple aspects of strategy, operations, and leadership. You'll enjoy access to capital, talent, and other resources to grow your venture, through personal introductions, gatherings, and private tech-based platforms.
You'll grow as a leader. You'll be interacting with dozens of Praxis Mentors—wise leaders with expertise on strategy, operations, fundraising, and leadership. You'll receive sustained personal coaching from our senior program team. As a result, you're very likely to become more effective, more resilient, and more redemptive as a leader.
You'll become part of a life-giving community. From day one you're part of a diverse cohort of amazing peers leading early-stage ventures in various nonprofit sectors, sharing the highs and lows of the journey to grow your ventures as you grow in your faith. You'll be supported by the Praxis team, a tight-knit group of advocates and connectors ready to help you thrive in the program. And the program is an onramp to ongoing participation in the wider Praxis community, launched at our end-of-program Summit and Showcase with hundreds of active philanthropists, mentors, Fellow alumni, and thought leaders.
Each Accelerator event is customized to the needs of the Fellows and the expertise of the mentors.
Together we work through The Redemptive Nonprofit playbook and
A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs. We also draw from a library of over 150 topics (briefly sampled here) for supplemental talks, workshops, and breakouts that leverage each mentor's areas of knowledge and passion.
With every component of the Accelerator content—whether it’s about leadership, strategy, or execution—we apply best practices, share personal experiences, and push the redemptive edge of the topic.
Telling a consistent and integrated story to all stakeholders
Nonprofit Branding: Designing for Your Stakeholders
Mission Drift: Staying Faithful to Your Organization's Roots
Designing and delivering services based on proximity, collaboration, & impact
Design for Nonprofit Scale: Breadth vs. Depth for Impact
Replication & Transfer: Bringing Your Model to New Markets
Advancing a healthy team culture that develops people for the long haul
Building the Team: Hiring for Scale
Creating a Culture of Design & Excellence
Investing relationally in engaged, high-performance governance
Board Evolution: Engagement & Governance Over Time
Founders & Board Chairs: Making or Breaking the Venture
Building truly mutual relationships with donors as whole persons
Foundations & Family Offices: Navigating Relationships
Global Trends in Impact Investing
Developing the mindset of stewardship rather than ownership of the mission
The Prophetic Role of Nonprofit Leadership
Building Strong Families & Strong Organizations
Practicing rhythms of work & rest that sustain our energy (and our team's) over the years
Practicing simplicity & generosity to dethrone our preoccupation with wealth and possessions
Practicing limits on our consumption of media & tech to steward and refresh our creative ability
Practicing dependence on God in our discernment, rather than relying on our own autonomous wisdom
Practicing sharing rather than accumulating status and authority to generate possibility for others
Practicing presence and submitting to accountability with others who are not part of our work
The Accelerator runs from September 2023 to May 2024, and is anchored by intensive, multi-day, in-person events, with regular one-on-one coaching sessions with core team mentors and other small-group virtual sessions in between.
Over the course of the Accelerator, Fellows interact personally with 35+ mentors and team members through small group discussions and one-on-ones.
Fellows also benefit deeply from the experiences of their peers. They encourage and challenge one another, engage in problem-solving sessions on key issues, and introduce one another to their own networks.
During the Redemptive Imagination Summit in May, Fellows close their program year by presenting to the community (including hundreds of potential funders) in their program Showcase.
April 3, 2023
June 30 - July 15, 2023
October 16-20, 2023
February 5-8, 2024
San Francisco, CA
May 6-8, 2024
Active Community Participation
As a leader of a growing organization, I wasn't sure if the Praxis Accelerator would be worth the investment. But it turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made as a leader. Every time I attend a Praxis event, I leave feeling inspired, connected, and rejuvenated ... and taking away concrete ideas and relationships that actually advance my work and life.
CEO, Human Trafficking Institute
2016 Nonprofit Fellow
God is at work through Praxis and its ventures. I know of no movement today that is restoring culture so deeply, through common commitments and willingness to sacrifice on behalf of others. It is a picture of unity, faith in action, and a commitment to excellence.
President & CEO, Hope International
Nonprofit Accelerator Mentor, Venture Partner
Praxis has been life-changing. Not only have I gained new practices of discernment and a new vision for how my wife and I can aspire to live, but our strategic model for our organization has drastically improved. Our lives and our work now demonstrate more of God's glory!
CEO & Lead Servant, StreetCode Academy
2021 Nonprofit Fellow
The Praxis team is invested in your redemptive work, yet one of the greatest attributes is their personal investment in you as a child of God. I have incorporated many practices from the Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs, although the most important for me has been the active practice of a Sabbath.
2017 Nonprofit Fellow
Praxis' redemptive framework challenges and encourages me to reshape my decision-making in a way that no longer orients me at the center of my choices but to sacrificially put others first, reflecting Christ's love for us. I am humbled to be part of the Praxis community and grateful for the opportunities to collaborate with Christ-followers committed to the same calling of restorative life and work.
Executive Director, Long Family Foundation
Nonprofit Accelerator Mentor
The Praxis community broadens and challenges my perspective while simultaneously rooting my identity as a steward of God's call for our organization's mission. It's given me handles and frameworks to the concept of redemptive entrepreneurship, as well as strategy, tools, and tactics that have directly affected our work.
Executive Director, CityLink Center
2015 Nonprofit Fellow
It felt like I had come home. Praxis is the community I had been looking for my whole life.
Founder & CEO, Unshattered
2018 Nonprofit Fellow
A sampling of the 100+ ventures that have completed or are in the current cohort of the Nonprofit Accelerator:
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Who Should Apply?
who should apply?
We select ventures that are:
- Post-hunch, actively pursuing traction and growth in what they are building
- Designing an innovative solution in their sector
- Aiming to pursue their mission through a scalable model
- Addressing a critical cultural issue through a redemptive approach
led by serious christians who are:
- Aiming to embody the gospel through a redemptive venture
- Humble and teachable, with a passion for excellence
- Seeking an accountable community to grow together in faith
- Working full-time on their ventures
A note on venture stage: The Praxis Accelerator is designed to support early-stage venture development. This program is best suited for entrepreneurs who have moved past the concept stage and are pursuing growth (whether that is early product-market fit or plans for significant scale). We typically engage entrepreneurs in the first five years of building their venture that have established donor revenue; however, we regularly include pre-revenue founders that are pursuing ideas at the redemptive edge of their sector that are still proving out model and structure.
we're passionate about building a diverse community of exceptional entrepreneurs from every continent and background, including greater representation of:
- Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Black, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native/Indigenous people
- Currently underrepresented regions globally, including sub-Saharan Africa, Latin & Central America, and South and East Asia
- Entrepreneurs coming from and serving in economically marginalized communities and sectors
A note for working parents: Praxis is committed to supporting entrepreneurs who are balancing the demands of early-stage venture development alongside raising a family. By structuring our program as non-residential, we’re intentional in limiting the amount of travel and hours needed to participate in the Accelerator to three events during the 9-month program cycle. We don’t want the needs of parenting to interfere with your ability to apply or participate in our Accelerator, and we do our best to accommodate working parents through schedule modifications and breaks for nursing mothers.
2024 NONPROFIT cohort APPLICATIONs
Applications for the 2024 Nonprofit Accelerator program are now open through June 2, 2023. The Praxis team will review applications, conduct interviews, and notify selected candidates by July 2023. The 2024 program cycle itself will begin in October 2023 and run through May 2024.
Through the support of our generous donors, we are able to subsidize most of our actual costs to deliver our Accelerator. This means your selection into our Accelerator comes with no program fees!
We will cover all food and accommodations for roughly ten days at the three in-person events, plus program materials and access to all the elements described above. We ask that you cover travel and transportation to each event.