San Diego Nonprofits Present Social Enterprise Ideas at Mission Edge SAIL Pitch Night

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

Media Advisory

October 5, 2017

WHAT: Get inspired and engaged as San Diego Accelerator + Impact Lab (SAIL) participants pitch their social enterprise ideas. SAIL, powered by Mission Edge, is a 10-week experience designed to empower nonprofit organizations and social businesses to develop and grow sustainable revenue-based business models in alignment with their social missions. Participants have spent the past months ideating, innovating, and iterating viable products and services in alignment with their social missions. The pitch night will be the culmination of the SAIL program, with each nonprofit presenting their innovative ideas to local leaders and community members.
WHERE: Qualcomm Auditorium
5775 Morehouse Dr.
San Diego, CA 92121
WHO:  OG Yoga
OG Yoga is pioneering trauma-informed and mindfulness-based yoga across the systems that serve those in need. Its new social enterprise initiative cultivates, trains, and sustains yoga instructors to grow the reach of this practice to help more at-risk people become self-sufficient throughout San Diego and beyond. Goal: scale up!

ElderHelp
ElderHelp’s Employed Family Caregiver Support social enterprise program intends to address the rising and critical needs of employed family caregivers and the corresponding impact on local corporate productivity. The social enterprise aims to create a value-based service that promotes the well-being of employees and their aging loved ones while also saving local corporations money. Goal: launch!

TERI
TERI is changing the way the world views and helps children and adults touched by special needs through their micro-greens social enterprise, which provides vocational opportunities for individuals with autism. TERI delivers 170+ packages of micro-greens per week to 18 local San Diego restaurants. Goal: scale up!

ARTS
ARTS aims to harness the proven potential of its mural painting program by re-envisioning it as a social enterprise that can support and sustain ARTS’ Creative Youth Development programs, ultimately helping young people realize their full potential through the arts and creativity. Goal: scale up!

Second Chance
The Second Chance Youth Garden is a six-week job training program for young people ages 14-21. Our program combines classroom and experiential learning to increase youth awareness of urban agriculture and food justice, and help move them towards successful high school graduation or employment.  The Youth Garden, along with all Second Chance programs, disrupts the cycles of incarceration and poverty by helping people find their way to self-sufficiency. Goal: sustain/scale up!

Casa Familiar
Casa Familiar’s vision is to build a commercial kitchen incubator in San Ysidro to support small business development. Casa Familiar will also include a teaching kitchen focused on healthy food education for the community. Goal: launch!

Outdoor Outreach
Outdoor Outreach aspires to launch an outdoor leadership camp that creates life-changing opportunities and jobs in communities where unemployment rates for young adults hover around 40%. In addition to employment opportunities, youth will gain access to leadership development, job training, and critical life building skills. Goal: launch!

Outside the Lens
Outside the Lens uses photography and digital media to empower youth to create change within themselves, their communities, and the world. The Photos for a Purpose social enterprise program engages student and professional photographers together to provide memorable photography-based team building experiences and professional, unique, and brand-aligned headshots for employees, with 100% of proceeds supporting Outside the Lens’ arts integration outreach in Title I schools. Goal: launch!

Multicultural Health Foundation
Multicultural Health Foundation’s Taking Control for Life project replicates its proven strategies for preventing heart attacks and strokes associated with uncontrolled high blood pressure in clinics and community organizations serving multicultural and immigrant neighborhoods. Goal: scale up!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Nonprofit organizations are available for interview and for media to secure b-roll in the weeks prior to the event.
WHY: Chula Vista native and Major League Baseball star Adrian Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy Gonzalez, have long been committed to helping local students achieve their dreams. The couple believes strongly in the potential of San Diego youth, and the value of educational support and community service to build a vibrant region. In 2009 they established a scholarship fund at The San Diego Foundation to empower underserved youth to go to college. Since inception, more than 65 students have been selected for the Gonzalez Scholarship.

About Mission Edge

Mission Edge is a social enterprise (501c3) that invests in social interest organizations through finance, human resources, fiscal sponsorship and social enterprise services so they may do more good. We believe in trust, best practices, and innovation. Since 2012, Mission Edge has assisted more than 175 organizations increase their strategic and operational effectiveness by providing affordable access to accounting and HR experts, best-practice systems and education, and skills-based corporate volunteers. To date, we have provided more than 85,000 hours of direct services and saved social enterprises and nonprofits more than $3 million.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.

Contacts

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-814-1365, justin@sdfoundation.org