Building a successful, mission-oriented organization from the ground up takes more than a founder’s compelling vision and relentless drive—it requires sound business planning and a laser focus on outcomes.
In addition to unrestricted funding, Arbor Rising grants include hundreds of hours of our capacity-building consulting support around key initiatives such as outcomes measurement, financial forecasting, and stakeholder management.Learn about our approach
We are privileged to roll up our sleeves and pitch in with phenomenal social entrepreneurs who do the hard work of expanding opportunity in our community.
All Our Kin
2011-2014, 2017-2021 (Follow-on) GranteeAll Our Kin trains, supports, and sustains family child care providers, giving children and families the foundation to succeed in school and in life.
Our engagement with Arbor [Rising] made it possible to grow from a local, grassroots initiative into an organization spanning four cities and reaching over 2,000 children each year. We have been delighted to partner with the AR team again as we prepare to take our work to the national stage. ”
Jessica Sager, Executive Director and Co-Founder
2017-2020, 2021-2023 (Follow-on) GranteeCOOP Careers is building a movement of diverse, upwardly mobile college grads overcoming underemployment through digital skills and peer connections.
The AR commitment is deep, steady and profound. They've been by our side at every step of COOP's journey, in hard times and joyful times, and earned a seat at our innermost table by showing up again and again with curiosity, compassion, intention and solidarity. Honestly we built the table together. ”
Kalani Leifer, Founder and Executive Director
2018-2021 GranteeRestore NYC's mission is to make freedom real for survivors of trafficking in the United States
Arbor [Rising] truly are the most valuable partners and consultants we've had for our leadership team, and as a result of our work together we've grown considerably in our outcomes measurement and financial planning as we serve survivors of trafficking in New York City. ”
Amanda Eckhardt, Executive Director
2019-2023 GranteeYonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) partners with students to ensure they are ready for, enroll in, and complete college.
Our first year working with Arbor [Rising] was transformational for our organization. We were able to ask tough questions about who we are as an organization, examine data about what is working, and focus our support for students. ”
Sam Wallis, Executive Director
“Arbor [Rising] have been amazing. They have played a critical role in helping to shape our outcomes-focused culture - by helping the team deliver high-impact programs and build the HR, financial and operational infrastructure necessary to scale these programs effectively and efficiently. ”“”
Josh Silverman, Board Chair of AR Grantee Code Nation, CEO of Etsy
“Through their specialized expertise and targeted funding, Arbor [Rising] has played a pivotal role in helping many of our alumni entrepreneurs drive long-lasting social change.”“”
Matt Kramer, Former CEO, Teach for America
“Arbor [Rising's] work with us is so deeply wired now into our DNA - from our systems with staff, to rubrics and databases, to our thinking about ourselves as leaders – they are with us every day even when they aren't.”“”
Janice Bloom, Co-Founder and Co-Director of AR Grantee CARA
“In the near-decade I ran OneGoal’s new site expansion efforts into cities across the country, I was the most proud of securing a grant from Arbor [Rising]. Their vetting process was a master course in strategic development for me. ”“”
Mark Haggarty, Former Director of New Site Development, OneGoal
“Arbor [Rising] has been a true partner for management and the board in building Green City Force.”“”
Ed Cohen, Founder of General Atlantic and Former Board Chair of Green City Force
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Since 2009, Arbor Rising has supported 35 nonprofits in the tri-state area, contributing millions of dollars in unrestricted funding and tens of thousands of hours of capacity-building support to organizations building paths out of poverty.
Read the latest news from our network:
Former AR Grantee Hopeworks Expands to Philly10.27.2022
We’re proud to share that our former grantee Hopeworks is launching a second site in Philadelphia, with a goal of training and placing about 60 young Philadelphia residents in its first year.
Congratulations, Dan and team! Your strong track record and thorough planning continues to opens doors. Keep up the great work!
—via Hopeworks (2018-2021)
Dear Fellow Funders: No More Statements on Racial Equity Please (Until You Publish “The Receipts”)09.24.2021
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Arbor Rising’s DEI Commitment and Updated Data (2023)01.25.2023
Each year, we revise and re-publish our DEI Commitment. This 2023 edition features updated DEI metrics, reflections, and our additional efforts around equity in the year ahead.
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