Over the past 30 years, the NEO difference has been our ability to bridge gaps within the philanthropic sector to connect our partners and projects with the resources needed to fulfill their missions— despite ever-changing political landscapes and new realities. That’s why in 2017 we launched NEO’s Donor Services program.
By using a high-touch model that expands upon our fiscal sponsorship services, NEO’s Donor Service program meets a growing demand within the philanthropic sector for social justice groups to unify and collaborate with mission-aligned partners in order to empower movements and generate progressive social change in our communities.
Why Donor Services?
NEO’s Donor Services program helps funders minimize administrative costs and maximize impact by providing their social justice efforts with customized solutions and hands-on operational support. Whether this means managing large initiatives through targeted grantmaking to mission-aligned organizations to fuel a movement, coordinating the logistics of convenings to bring those organizations together for collaboration and education, or by incubating a new project programmatically while it develops the capacity to grow into a more robust initiative – NEO aims to adapt to the unique needs of our projects without dictating or applying a uniform approach.
With such a variety of dynamics that exist, it is important to us that our work is pliable and adaptable. Our Donor Services partners can appear in many forms with some being single donors – either a foundation or an individual – while others may be a collective of donors coordinating efforts on a shared goal. NEO has the ability to be heavily involved in the programmatic and strategic work of the project or simply handle the administrative and operational tasks of the work in support of existing project staff. Our team of creative problem solvers is eager to meet a challenge and strives to ensure our partners are able to focus on the programmatic elements of the mission with full confidence that the administration and operations of that vision are well-supported.
In addition to all core services provided in our fiscal sponsorship program, NEO will tailor additional Donor Services offerings based on the needs of each project. A sample of our services include:
|STRATEGIC SUPPORT||GRANTMAKING AND GRANT MANAGEMENT||PROGRAM MANAGEMENT|
|Strategic Planning||Grant Proposal Review and Submission; Grant Docket Management||Financial Management|
|Capacity Building||Due Diligence and Reporting||HR Services|
|Communications Strategy||Managing Donor Relations with a diverse range of donors through transparency and open communication||Legal Support|
|Fundraising Expertise||Lobbying and Advocacy expertise||Convening and Meeting Support|
|||501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) capabilities|||
NEO currently houses more than 20 Donor Services projects that range in issue area, size and structure. Our customized approach means that no two projects look the same. A sample of our projects include:
The State Infrastructure Project: The State Infrastructure Project is a multiyear initiative that currently works in eight states across the country to ensure that individuals seeking abortion have access to affordable and timely services while also feeling supported and dignified. NEO administers high-level project management in a variety of ways including HR services and payroll, financial management, grantmaking, and the coordination of more than 20+ convenings annually to unify reproductive justice organizations.
The Youth Engagement Fund (YEF): As the largest network of donors dedicated to increasing civic participation among young people in the U.S., YEF invests in every aspect of youth power building. NEO supports YEF with strategic planning, communications strategy, program management and more.
Circle for Justice Innovations (CJI): CJI is an innovative grantmaking collaborative made up of community organizers, activists, donors, and donor-activists. Working together, CJI identifies, funds, and nurtures grassroots organizations led by those most impacted working to transform the criminal legal system in the US. To support this important mission, NEO provides expertise with grantmaking compliance, staffing-related needs, and everything in between.
The Reboot Representation Tech Coalition: Reboot is a partnership of leading tech companies that have come together to multiply their impact, align their agendas, and pool their resources to address the gender gap for underrepresented women of color in tech. NEO supports Reboot through our legal expertise, financial management, grantmaking, and more.
Our projects will have access to expanded support through NEO’s Operations, Human Resources, Financial, and Legal departments as needed through their dedicated project or program manager.
Meet our dedicated Donor Services team leaders:
“I am proud to work in a space that allows me to further many different social justice movements. Change happens at the grassroots level, but it needs a strong vision to lead it in the right direction. NEO provides that vision and I, as a small part of NEO, feel like I contribute to this change in my own way.”Aastha Mehta, Director
“What I enjoy most about working in Donor Services is the customization we provide and being able to find the exact fit for our projects. For me, this means not one day looks the same and for my projects, it means we are meeting their unique needs and maximizing their level of success.”Courtney Alford, Project Manager
“Too often, philanthropy’s relationship with the larger social justice ecosystem is prescriptive. NEO allows me the opportunity to work collaboratively with organizations in a way that supports the movements on the ground by centering the voices of those most impacted.”Crystal Tsoi, Program Manager
“For me, being at NEO Philanthropy defines what it means to work at a world class intermediary. NEO is doing the difficult work to move funders in the right direction, toward all the things social justice movements need — more responsive capital, increased collaboration among donors, and investments that build capacity of the many fields we care about. I am excited to see how this work continues to grow on our Donor Services Team.”Stephanie Johnson, Program Manager
Fees vary based on the range of services provided. We work closely with donors to understand the level and type of services required and would enjoy the chance to talk to you about your idea.