Slingshot Memphis aims to create a demonstrable reduction in poverty by promoting a results-driven poverty-fighting ecosystem.
About Slingshot Memphis
Slingshot Memphis is an independent assessor of poverty-fighting impact. Slingshot assesses the capabilities and measures the impact of nonprofits fighting poverty in Memphis to help them understand which interventions create the greatest benefits and identify opportunities to further enhance their impact.
Slingshot’s mission is to create a demonstrable reduction in poverty by promoting a results-driven poverty-fighting ecosystem throughout our city. Slingshot partners with existing nonprofit organizations to assess their poverty-fighting impact and help slingshot them on a trajectory to create even greater impact. First, we help nonprofits understand their poverty-fighting capabilities and highest-impact interventions. Second, we identify opportunities for growth to help nonprofits enhance their capabilities and impact. Third, we directly invest and influence further investments to help scale high-impact interventions and address opportunities for growth.
The Slingshot Impact Assessment evaluates evidence across four dimensions of performance: benefit-cost analysis, use of best practices, measurement infrastructure, and systems-level change. The four dimensions are designed to be complementary, aimed at capturing the overall effectiveness of an organization in reducing poverty.
Slingshot currently works with a portfolio of 23 poverty-fighting nonprofits in Memphis across the following focus areas: early childhood and youth, education, jobs and economic security, and stabilization. Each year, Slingshot updates its assessment of all nonprofits in its portfolio and adds new nonprofits to its portfolio. Over the next three years Slingshot aims to add 30-50 nonprofit organizations to its portfolio.
A few organizations exist across the U.S. that share Slingshot’s perspective for philanthropic investment, including the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City, Tipping Point in San Francisco, A Better Chicago, the Lever Fund in Washington DC, and the Constellation Fund in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Slingshot collaborates with these organizations and is unique in that we have developed our own proprietary framework for assessing poverty-fighting impact.
Slingshot is an equal opportunity employer.