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Helping nonprofits grow


CULTIVATE is an incubator for emerging nonprofits, driven by Next Stage. We believe that change often happens from the inside out — and CULTIVATE is designed to drive community transformation by supporting local nonprofit founders and social entrepreneurs.

CULTIVATE aims to help participating leaders equip themselves with the building blocks of nonprofit management and navigate the roadblocks of early-stage organizational growth. By providing our cohort participants with the knowledge and tools they need to design strong business plans that guide future growth and deepen impact, CULTIVATE helps social good leaders build more sustainable organizations capable of moving our community forward.


The incubator runs on an annual cycle, delivered at no cost to a cohort of six nonprofit leaders through monthly group workshops, intentional network development, individualized coaching sessions and curriculum exploring foundational topics in nonprofit management. Following a year of intensive study and planning, participants graduate with a roadmap to future success. The goal of CULTIVATE is to help emerging social sector leaders develop their ability to build effective nonprofits across six capacities.

Leadership and Strategy


Program Development

Human Resources

Financial Resources

Operations and Planning

The cohort is selected by a panel of community leaders, who consider applications based on our participation criteria. Explore the CULTIVATE website here to learn more and get engaged.

Meet the CULTIVATE Network

CULTIVATE is made possible by our community partners: