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Shannon Farley, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Fast Forward
Episode 8823rd January 2023 • Startups for Good • Miles Lasater
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Shannon Farley is an experienced social entrepreneur. She was the founding Executive Director of Spark, the world's largest network of Millennial philanthropists. Prior to joining Spark, Shannon helped start The W. Haywood Burns Institute, a MacArthur Award-winning juvenile justice reform organization. Shannon holds a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University and an MS in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

Shannon joins me today to chat about tech nonprofits, and often startup tech nonprofits. Fast Forward celebrates nine years of accelerating dozens of tech nonprofits. And in this episode, we discuss when to choose a for profit versus a nonprofit model. We discuss that definition more in depth, we talk about the capital crunch that many experience and how to solve it, we talk about compensation levels in nonprofits, and we talk about the new program at Fast Forward.

“It's a terrible, great idea, a nonprofit for nonprofits to advance nonprofits. But it was needed.” 
- Shannon Farley

Today on Startups for Good we cover:

  • Selecting for profit or non-profit business model
  • Main differences between for profit and nonprofit
  • Capital landscape for tech nonprofits
  • Capital requirements at a tech nonprofit
  • The tradition of giving away wealth
  • The donor’s view on compensation
  • Other obstacles that are missing
  • In person vs. online collaboration


Connect with Shannon Farley on LinkedIn

To find Shannon’s Tech Nonprofit Playbook visit this website

To listen to Miles on the Access Venture podcast More Than Profit


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