The GLG Social Impact Fellowship leverages GLG’s learning platform to help top social entrepreneurs answer their organization’s critical strategic and operational questions, at no cost. Through the two-year Fellowship, ambitious and visionary nonprofit and social enterprise leaders learn in tailored interactions with experts across GLG’s membership and with each other.
Applications for 2018 are now open.
Applications may be submitted from April 30, 2018 - June 30, 2018. We will review applications as they are received and may reach out to qualified candidates for more information prior to the June 30 deadline. Selection decisions will be made after the application period has expired.
Each year of the Fellowship begins with an in-person convening at GLG’s offices in New York City or Austin. At the convening, Fellows learn how to use the GLG platform, meet the people of GLG and each other. We work closely with Fellows to identify the top challenges facing their organizations and set learning objectives to meet those challenges.
Tailored learning opportunities include phone consultations with subject matter experts, in-person meetings, roundtable discussions, teleconferences, and workshops.
Dedicated GLG research professionals serve as thought partners for Fellows and their management teams. Research professionals design engagements that provide insight to better inform strategy, address challenges, and help organizations maximize impact.
Fellows and their teams have access to GLG’s dynamic, year-round events in addition to custom learning engagements.
Through our selection process, we seek a set of characteristics critical to the success of our Social Impact Fellows and their organizations.
Learn more about the selection criteria and the Fellowship offering:
“At SIRUM, we are doing innovative work in an environment that's extremely complex from logistics to technology to regulation – prescription medicine. Using GLG’s platform puts us in a better operational and strategic position as we expand our network of donor and recipient organizations and helps us understand how best to work within the ever-evolving healthcare field.”
“GLG’s platform supports our culture- we ask hard questions and acknowledge when we don’t have answers. In 2017, an unprecedented year in frequency and severity of natural disasters, we called on GLG. As we sent volunteers into dangerous and chaotic situations in Houston, Florida, and California, that access allowed our organization to bend instead of break.”
Team Rubicon, Co-Founder and CEO
“In our first six months of the Fellowship, GLG has become an important step in implementing our strategy. From developing our two-sided marketplace platform to structuring our sales team for success, conversations with Council Members have informed our team’s ability to build solutions that make solar energy accessible to all Americans.”
Solstice, Co-Founder and CEO
Drinkwell works to address the water crisis in India and Bangladesh by combining patented filtration technology with a franchise business model. Drinkwell turned to GLG for expertise and best practices in Finance and Operations including hiring, outsourcing, manufacturing, budgeting, and funding to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. To continue developing and refining their technology and products, the Drinkwell team gained key insight from GLG Council Members on the economics and technical aspects of commercial water purification and water softening. Drinkwell has developed key relationships with experts in India, who now act as ad hoc advisers to Minhaj and the Drinkwell team.
The Future Project
The Future Project (TFP) is devoted to providing students with the necessary skills to change the world before they graduate high school. The TFP team wanted to learn about best practices in talent management. Through conversations with GLG Council Members, TFP created its Employee Journey Mapping. It is the organization’s first tool to track an employee’s complete experience arc. This system includes features to ensure rigorous on-boarding, performance evaluation, career-pathing, internal transitions, off-boarding, and post exit strategy. The leadership team was also able to collect data and determine future goals from this tool.
City Health Works
City Health Works needed to understand how to incorporate its in-home health services into the broader NYC healthcare system through government programs like Medicaid and Medicare. GLG helped City Health Works learn about inclusions that will enable them to bill to these programs by speaking with a non-profit health insurance executive and the Director of Medical Economics at a large managed care organization. City Health Works is now better positioned to engage with New York State regulations and reach more patients after coming regulatory changes to Medicaid.
Compass Working Group
Compass Working Capital provides financial coaching and savings programs to low-income families, empowering them to build assets and savings as a pathway out of poverty. Compass envisioned several strategies to expand its programming and worked with GLG to explore potential partnerships and necessary infrastructure upgrades to support their expansion strategy. Through conversations with both affordable housing developers and employee benefits managers, Compass improved their understanding of for-profit housing authorities and employment-based service providers as potential partners in their national rollout.
Team Rubicon (TR) maintains a roster of nearly 50,000 volunteers, including 45,000 military veterans, standing by to respond to global emergencies. TR joined the GLG Fellowship as they prepared to hire a Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing the protection of volunteers’ information. To help the team learn what to look for in candidates, GLG connected them with a number of high-level information security professionals at banks, universities, and other major institutions. As a result, TR was better able to assess candidates and successfully developed security policies to present to their board of directors.
C4Q increases economic opportunity by providing computer programming training to individuals from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds in New York City. Soon after beginning the GLG Fellowship, C4Q launched a re-branding initiative. GLG connected the C4Q team to a former marketing executive, who helped identify the process for re-naming and re-positioning the organization. To inform their branding selection process, C4Q conducted a survey that collected reactions to five name and logo options from among both consumers and hiring managers at software firms.
Nest recently began working with brands such as West Elm, Eileen Fisher, and Patagonia to develop supply chains that advance artisan and homeworking communities and build a more transparent and socially responsible industry. To better position itself as a partner and service provider for brands, Nest and GLG conducted a survey about the sourcing and compliance practices of major brands. The results confirmed that significant production happens in homes by subcontracted homeworkers or artisans. These results directly affect how Nest designs, prices and builds their brand-facing services.
Solstice expands access to clean energy by providing community-shared solar power to American households at no upfront cost. Solstice joined the GLG Fellowship just as they were expanding their operations to multiple states. Through conversations with GLG Council Members, the Solstice team learned how to design and implement an Ambassador sales program, optimize Salesforce for tracking sales, analyze complex KPIs, gain an understanding of two-sided marketplaces, and implement a strategic employee compensation plan to incentivize results.