Educational Institutions

Phoenix Project

  • Springfield, VA
  • www.masoninnovation.org

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Mission Statement

The Phoenix Project is a 501(c)(3) statewide nonprofit organization that seeks to alleviate poverty by building a sustainable partnership between Virginia higher education and the Commonwealth’s most distressed communities that adds civic capacity to communities, strengthens the mission of universities, and provides a powerful context in which to prepare nonprofit and social entrepreneurs for tomorrow’s Virginia.

Main Programs

  1. University Community Partnerships
  2. Social Innovation Program
Service Areas

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Virginia

The Phoenix Project is based in Fairfax, Virginia and Petersburg, VA.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Mr. Greg Werkheiser

Keywords

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university community partnership, social entrepreneur, distressed communities, social innovation, leadership

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Also Known As

Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship

EIN

20-4035682

 Number

7291402639

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments last year:

Launched the Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University, a collaborative effort that aims to spark scalable and entrepreneurial solutions to our world’s greatest social challenges while developing and preparing the next generation of leaders
Delivered the curriculum and pedagogy of the Social Innovation Program, the nation’s first statewide social entrepreneurship education initiative now in its 6th year: an annual, six-week academic and experiential institute from which have graduated 5 classes of top students from dozens of universities.
Launched groundbreaking university-community partnerships between twelve higher education institutions and three economically distressed communities; 700 faculty, staff, students, and alumni have completed 250 community-identified capacity building projects for more than 75 nonprofits and municipal agencies, contributing nearly $5 million in free labor.
Partnered with Craigslist Foundation, TRUiST, and Learn & Serve America to design AVAIL - a next generation social media platform to engage university students and faculty in social-entrepreneurship focused service learning work for community agencies.
Jointly hosted Innovations Journal at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy along with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurshi"Social Innovation in the Age of Austerity". The ASE Conference Series convenes hundreds of leaders from the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors in important conversations designed to accelerate the field of social entrepreneurshiour Service-Learning Platform.
Design and implement a social entrepreneurship curriculum at George Mason University.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

University Community Partnerships

The Phoenix Project's university-community partnerships engage Virginia colleges and universities in the Commonwealth's most distressed communities. The aim of the partnerships is to provide distressed communities with resources to address economic and community development challenges and partner institutions, their administrators, faculty and students, with opportunities for teaching, research and service. The central principle of the Phoenix Project's partnerships is that the community should set the agenda, and that university resources should be deployed to assist with projects identified, defined and prioritized by the community. Working closely with community and university partners, the Phoenix Project helps communities identify challenges, translate them into specific projects and match projects with appropriate university resources to maximize the benefit for participants. The Phoenix Project does not seek to supplant or compete with existing university outreach efforts, but rather to supplement and complement them. Currently, the Phoenix Project is facilitating three such partnerships in Petersburg, Northern Virginia's Route 1 Corridor, and the East End of Newport News.

Category

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$199,514.00

Program 2

Social Innovation Program

Now in its sixth year, the Social Innovation Program(http://socialinnovationprogram.com/)  is the nation’s premier model for identifying, educating and engaging our next generation of social entrepreneurs.  Over six intensive weeks, the program equips top undergraduate and graduate students drawn from a competitive national pool with the knowledge, skills, relationships and courage to formulate sustainable and scalable solutions to our most pressing social challenges.  Students engage in an intensive academic session taught by distinguished leaders in the field, and are then deployed in teams as pro bono social entrepreneurship consultants to community organizations.  Social Innovation Program students have assisted organizations in creating new business plans, conducting needs assessments, evaluating business development opportunities, and forging new partnerships.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$170,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

The Phoenix Project is based in Fairfax, Virginia and Petersburg, VA.

Funding Needs

We are currently looking for assistance with technology - specifically web development. While we have fine staff members with a technology background, but could always use new perspectives and fresh approaches from talented volunteers.   We are also always looking for energetic board members or volunteers with a passion for leadership education, social entrepreneurship, and innovation.

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THE PHOENIX PROJECT
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Phoenix Project

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Greg Werkheiser

BIO

Greg Werkheiser is a serial entrepreneur who has forged groundbreaking ventures in the fields of social innovation(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_innovation) , civic education(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civics) , law, government and politics, and cultural heritage preservation(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_heritage) .

Werkheiser was named the inaugural managing director of the Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship in March 2011. He leads the joint venture between the Center and the Phoenix Project(http://node/91) , the Virginia-headquartered catalyst for social innovation he cofounded in 2006. Werkheiser has led the design of the Social Innovation Program(http://www.socialinnovationprogram.com/) , the nation’s premier model for identifying, educating and engaging our next generation of social entrepreneurs, and AVAIL(http://www.myavail.org/) , a web-based platform with the potential to connect twenty million faculty, staff and college students to hundreds of thousands of service opportunities listed by nonprofits and municipal agencies.

 

Werkheiser’s efforts through the Mason Center reflect a passion for reinventing the way Virginia and the nation prepare young people to become our future leaders. He created and for seven years led the youth civic education programs of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia(http://www.sorenseninstitute.org/) , from which hundreds of high school and college students have graduated to government service. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching documented Werkheiser’s approach in the book Educating for Democracy(http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787985546.html) .

 

Werkheiser has served in public service roles at the White House, the U.S. Information Agency, a U.S. Embassy, the Virginia General Assembly, the Congressional Management Foundation and the State Department. 

Werkheiser earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law(http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/index.htm)  and his B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary(http://www.wm.edu/) , where he was served as student government president and chair of the statewide student coalition.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Phoenix Project, a not-for-profit corporation, tries to model the very social entrepreneurship principles we promote. Our initiatives, which include leadership and educational programs, conferences, service-learning technologies, consulting, and university-community partnerships are designed with transformational impact, scalability, and sustainability in mind. We prove the viability of our programs in Virginia, where we are headquartered, and then make them available for replication globally.

Proven Experience

The Phoenix Project has been recognized for its groundbreaking social entrepreneurship programs by the Aspen Institute, Root Cause, and others. Governor Tim Kaine awarded the Phoenix Project with the Virginia Governor’s Award for Volunteerism and Community Service in 2009.  

Innovative Approach

We promote social entrepreneurial principles in all of our endeavors, with clients we serve and in our own organization.  We follow an innovative and sustainable business model that combines knowledge and best practices from several industries and includes both earned income and reliance on strategic partnerships.

People
The Phoenix Project is led and advised by individuals with expertise in numerous diverse fields, bringing a breadth of knowledge, talents, and experience that allows the Phoenix Project to thrive in the cross-sector, multidisciplinary field of social entrepreneurship."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael Caplin

President, Turtle Island Consulting

Term: July 2009 - July 2013

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