The NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge
Launched at the NJHSA 2019 Annual Conference in Atlanta, the NJHSA Center for Innovation and Research is sponsoring a Jewish Poverty Challenge to support Network member agencies in their efforts to develop and implement innovative responses to the dynamic of poverty in the Jewish community.

Phase One of the Challenge introduced Annual Conference attendees to the concepts of social innovation and prizes were awarded to two innovative responses that were developed during a one-hour pitch deck competition.

Phase Two of the Challenge will provide intensive support, coaching and guidance from the consulting team of Start Co. Start Co is a Memphis based consulting firm which focuses its efforts on supporting social innovation with non-profits, municipalities and the corporate sector. Start Co. has focused several of its projects on working with communities to develop innovative responses to poverty.

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Organization
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Please provide the agency name, address, phone number and website link.
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Please provide any social media links for the agency.
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
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Who is the primary contact?
Name, Title, Work Phone and Email Address.
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How long has your organization been in existence?
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Please describe the core services provided by your organization in detail.
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Resource Commitment
Answers are contingent upon being selected for the incubator.
Who will be serving as the project lead on behalf of your organization?
Name, Title, Email, Work Phone
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If selected for participation in the incubator program, please list all the persons/titles who will be committing significant time to the project.
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Of the persons listed above, will all be able to actively participate for the entire duration of the project? (3-6 months)
Please list your agency’s current services which address Jewish Poverty.
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Please list the staff involved in providing these services.
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Please detail the cost to your agency in providing these services.
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What specific innovations are you proposing with your pitch to increase the impact of these services or to expand or change its focus?
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Give us your elevator pitch in 100 words or less.
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Describe in detail the clients you intend to target and serve.
Describe the profile of the client who suffers and will benefit the most from your solution.
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What is the clients' problem you wish to help them solve?
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What is your solution?
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How will you measure success? (value created/benefits delivered)
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What do you need to implement and deliver this solution?
Example: We help teens aging out of foster care (the client) find and keep full time employment (the problem) by providing them with career services, workplace cultural training and ongoing mentoring (the solution) to enable them to become self supporting within a year of entering the program (the value). We need to develop a business model to secure funding from county workforce organizations to fund the first-year proof of concept.
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What is the problem you are solving, or gap you are filling? How big of a problem is it? Why does it persist?
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What specifically are you providing or proposing as the solution to your problem? In what ways does your product or service solve the problem?
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What about your solution will result in an impact dramatically better than solutions currently delivered by you or others?
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Who is willing to pay for or finance the delivery of your solution?
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Do you have any Jewish communal partners you will be proposing to work with to help in implementing your solution? If yes, please list and explain their role(s).
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Do you have any partners outside of the Jewish community you will be proposing to work with? If yes, please list and explain their role(s).
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Who else in your community provides the same or similar services to those you are proposing?
What do you understand that they don't or what will you do that they can't?
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How is what you are proposing different?
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Are the identified organizations potential partners for you, or do they present obstacles to be overcome?
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