Over the last 17 years, StartingBloc has run 46 highly rated Institutes in 9 cities around the world. These Institutes have been transformative, life-changing, and grounding for 3,200 values-driven, determined, and community-oriented leaders. In 2020, we’re returning to our core three Institutes in LA, NYC and RDU and we planned to launch our first Institute outside of the US in over 12 years: StartingBloc South Africa. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and with our community’s health and well-being at the forefront, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s StartingBloc South Africa on March 9.
With the cancellation, StartingBloc needs to raise $40,000 in the next 30 days so that we can continue our operations and issue refunds, as needed.
We need to raise this money in the next 30 days so that:
COVID-19 has exposed a core challenge of StartingBloc's event-based operating model. StartingBloc’s financial model has historically been supported by tuition paid for Institutes and other programming. To truly ensure operational sustainability, we may need to shift our model to one of greater balance between event-based sales and strong, multi-year partnerships with funders, donors, and sponsors. This type of financial model ensures that leaders across the globe can continue accessing our programming and community, despite unpredictable global challenges, and we need resources to make that happen.
So for today: this is both an urgent fundraising campaign AND a call to shift how we think about resourcing and building our shared community.
If you believe in the transformative power of the StartingBloc Fellowship or if your life has been impacted by a relationship that you made with a StartingBloc Fellow, there are a few ways we are asking you to support us right now:
We’re continuously evolving our vision of the future of StartingBloc. If we were able to bring in $500,000 from donors and sponsors in the next few years, we’d be able to offer:
It's possible. It'll take resources. We need to get through the next 30 days to make it there. We need your help. Please contribute generously today.