Initiatives

Accelerate Nevada

Accelerate Nevada is the Nevada Community Foundation’s flagship initiative. The mission of Accelerate Nevada is to strategically position Nevada for dramatically increased federal grant and national funding, and to deliver the highest return on investment for those dollars. Accelerate Nevada was designed to address this problem directly. Accelerate Nevada will make Nevada more competitive for federal funds, build our capacity to design impactful projects, implement and sustain them.  This will result in improved community services, improved health and wellness outcomes for children, families, and individuals living in Nevada, and stronger communities.  Accelerate Nevada will also develop competitive public/private partnerships that attract national foundation investment in Nevada, by brokering strong partnerships and projects that have defined outcomes, model approaches, and proven leaders driving them.

The Nevada Community Foundation holds the Accelerate Nevada Fund and also acts as the fiscal agent for any public funding and partnerships that are created under this project. 

The Impact

  • Increased federal funding for Nevada communities.
  • Increased private foundation funding for Nevada.
  • Implementation of best practice programs and approaches.
  • Marked improvement in Nevada’s key social indicators.
  • Increased capacity of agencies and organizations to obtain and sustain funding.

Key Projects

  • Veteran’s Initiative in partnership with the Pentagon and the Cleveland Clinic
  • Child Welfare Strategic Financing and Funding Project - View Report [PDF, 949KB]
  • Ready for Life Youth Funding Mapping Project
  • Ready for Life Systems Change Investment Process
  • Healthy Communities Partnership with Robert Wood Johnson and the Federal Bank of San Francisco, and the Lincy Institute.

    For more information about Accelerate Nevada, please contact Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson at the Nevada Community Foundation, at 702-892-2326.