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An Online Platform for Social Good

Cultivate: Emerging Leaders

Since 2018, Cultivate has served as an incubator for emerging nonprofits, driven by Next Stage. The program is committed to fostering inside-out community transformation by supporting local nonprofit founders and social entrepreneurs. 

Beginning in 2022, Cultivate will evolve into an online platform that provides community for social good learners across a range of needs and issues. The new format will launch with the Cultivate: Emerging Leaders cohort, allowing many more leaders to participate. This broadened invitation to join the program creates more equitable access for organizations across the community. Participants will experience a self-paced curriculum, a community forum for network development with organizational peers and workshops featuring guest speakers and presenters on core Cultivate topics. 

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The Cultivate Model

The Cultivate platform will provide participants with invaluable content resources, but also important connections to other leaders walking the same path. The goal of Cultivate: Emerging Leaders is to help emerging social sector leaders develop their ability to build effective nonprofits across six capacities – leadership & strategy, management, program development, human resources, financial resources, and operations & planning.  When leaders join Cultivate: Emerging Leaders, they also become part of an inspiring social good community oriented around three core resources: 


Curriculum will be self-paced, interactive and will include videos, guest speakers and more.


Cohorts will create meaningful, real-world connections for participants. 


Joining CULTIVATE means becoming part of an inspiring social good community.

How Do I Register for Cultivate: Emerging Leaders? 

Registration is now open in preparation for the launch of Cultivate: Emerging Leaders in May 2022. The online learning platform is designed for founders and leaders of emerging nonprofit organizations located in Mecklenburg County and established in the past five years. 

For More Information 

Not ready to register, but want to keep up with the latest Cultivate announcements? Sign up for the Next Stage mailing list by clicking the button below.

Custom Cultivate Cohorts

Next Stage also provides turnkey services to concept, develop, build and manage cohorts for a range of interests. Our team can create custom curriculum, focus on community building – or both! A custom cohort may be the answer if you are: 

  • A corporate or foundation funder, seeking ways for your grantees to learn from social impact leaders and collaborate with each other. 
  • A nonprofit seeking to train your board or team. 
  • A social good-focused professional group, seeking connection and support with best practices. 

If you think a custom cohort could help support your social impact efforts, contact us to learn more. 


Meet the Cultivate Network

Cultivate is made possible by support from: