The SIFP team is currently augmenting its volunteer group to fill the following roles.  Most of the time commitment is for July to September. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of these roles, please complete the VOLUNTEER QUESTIONNAIREBased on your preferences, team preferences, and other constraints, we will do our best to assign an appropriate role.

 

Summary of Roles and Time Commitments
 Mentor 8-12 hours, in person and phone/email, per team. Mentors who would like greater engagement may sign up for more than one team. Time is flexible. Engagement period will span June through October, with most mentoring activity happening in July and August.
 Volunteer Expert 4+ hours, or whatever you can commit to doing well. Time is flexible. Engagement period will span June through October, with most mentoring activity happening in July and August.
 Application Screener 7 hours reading time with online scoring/feedback. Time is flexible. Most work will occur in July.
 Pitch Coach 4 hours per pitch clinic. Pitch-coaching sessions will happen on Aug. 10 or 13.
 Quarterfinals Judge 5-9 hours. Quarterfinals occur Sept. 6. You can elect for a half-day (5 hours) or a full day (9 hours).
  • Mentor: Mentors will work with a participant on both the substance and the presentation of their business plan or initiative, focusing on the judging criteria http://sifp.net/rubric.  We need mentors for 40 teams.  Experience working with innovators in non-profit or socially-motivated for-profit early-stage ventures is required.  Mentor tasks: reading and scoring applications (2-4 hours); review of innovator materials (1-2 hours); at least one in-person mentoring session (2-4 hours); attend or review videos of the Quarterfinals (2-6 hours), and informal email/phone/coffee discussions (3+ hours). Ideally, mentors will build relationships with SIFP participants that continue informally based on mutual interests and needs, providing encouragement and support as the participants progress throught the program. 

Time commitment: 10+ hours total per mentee. Mentors may sign up to help multiple mentees, or stick with one.

 

 

  • Volunteer Expert: Volunteer Experts are people who have expertise that could be applied to mentor or help social innovators in targeted areas.  For example, you could help with business modelling, or impact measurement, or presentation development, or social media.    Experience working with innovators in non-profit or socially-motivated for-profit early-stage ventures is highly desired but not required.  

Time commitment: ~4+ hours. Experts may be asked to interact with multiple teams.  

 

  • Pitch Coach: A pitch coach is someone who has extensive experience in pitching new concepts (business or NFP) to a decent sized audience, or in coaching others to do the same, and who will focus more on the style, form, and clarity of presentation and less on depth of its content.  Pitch Coaches will provide real-time verbal and written feedback to presenters during the Pitch Clinics.  Time commitment: from 8am-noon OR 1-5pm on Friday August 10th OR monday August 13th.  

Time commitment: 4 hours per Pitch Clinic 

 

  • Application Screeners The screening team will read the applications and one-pagers, and score them on Gust (web service for application review) based on our published rubric.  Screeners who are most engaged will have the opportunity to participate in a process to select the 40 Quarterfinalists.  This is a very important role; we need a good number of screeners who will read the plans and provide good written feedback to applications, which we know they value highly.   Time commitment: 4-10 hours of reading online materials (about 45 minutes / application scored).

Time commitment: Approximately 4+ hours reading and writing comments

 

  • Quarterfinalist Judges These individuals, like Pitch Coaches, should have extensive experience in evaluating innovative programs in the nonprofit or for-profit sector. They will watch (preferably all) 40 Quarterfinalist pitches on September 6th, give contestants feedback in verbal and written form, and provide input to the SIFP team who will make the final decisions of which 40 Quarterfinalists advance to be 20 Semifinalists.  Watching 40 fast pitches is exhillerating but time consuming, so we expect some judges will not be able to attend the entire day.

Time commitment: Up to 9 hours (8:30-5:30) on Thursday September 6th.

     

  • Semifinalists and Finalist Judges will be selected and announced separately.  Semifinalist judges will determine which nonprofits advance to the finals, and final judges will make final determination of winners of the various awards in the $50,000 grant fund and provide input to the investors who will determine recipients of the $100,000 investment funds.   

 

To volunteer: Please complete the VOLUNTEER QUESTIONNAIRE. In addition, click "like" on SIFP's Facebook page.