Caravanserai Project

Supporting change makers along their journeys

Palm Springs, CA   |  https://caravanseraiproject.org

Mission

Caravanserai Project strives to provide structure, accountability, supply specialized skills and bring together networks of people to help ideas grow and flourish on their own.

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Mihai Patru

Main address

P.O. BOX 2486

Palm Springs, CA 92263 USA

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EIN

81-2497638

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Caravanserai Project [kar-uh–van–se-ray] strives to provide structure, accountability, supply specialized skills and bring together networks of people to help ideas grow and flourish on their own. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which positions itself as a crucible where ideas and experiences are brought together, exchanged and developed in order to promote social innovation and encourage progress. Our goal is to work both with social innovators and change makers – regardless of the stage they are at (explorers as well as more advanced mission driven entrepreneurs) – and support them along their journeys.

Our programs

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

SEED Lab

The Social Entrepreneurship Engagement & Development Lab (SEED Lab) is a 10-month pre-accelerator for early stage social entrepreneurs in Southern California. It aims to tap the deep reservoir of unrecognized talent within marginalized and under-served communities and support their efforts to identify and develop pioneering paths out of inherited problems that have buried and muffled those voices.

The program is designed to support the implementation of visionary ideas into similarly powerful tools to generate social impact, deepen civic engagement, and bring about empowerment and sustainable change. We tackle together various issues related to social entrepreneurship such as clarifying the entrepreneurs’ vision and mission, their branding and messaging strategies, start-up plans, business plans, budgets etc.

The program is open to mission driven non-profit, for profit and hybrid ventures active in wide variety of sectors: health, education, work force training, social justice, food justice, economic empowerment, LGBTQ+, arts and culture etc.

The selection process is highly competitive and includes multiple in-person interviews and a detailed written application form. It involves working directly with every applicant over a period of 3 months.

six on-campus modules (2 days/module)
individual and tailored mentorship and coaching sessions
access to local leaders, captains of various industries and experts
progress monitoring, benchmarks and deliverables
University of California Riverside – Extension Certificate and credits
free participation (donor money)
$15k total program value

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Breakthrough Masterclass offers experienced CEOs and leaders of advanced social mission driven organizations effective and practical tools to cope with immediate issues that challenge their work and prepares them to approach creatively and innovatively potential threatening disruptions.

This masterclass aims to expand the participants field of possibilities as they tackle current matters and ensure and increase the long-term relevancy and impact of their work.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Independent Sector 2016

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Sector 2016

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is
- to tap the deep reservoir of change makers’ talents within marginalized and underserved communities
- to identify and support emerging change makers develop and establish sustainable and impactful organizations
- to empower advanced social entrepreneurs and their organizations and equip them with the right tools for the future
- to mobilize mission driven leaders to build ecosystems and change the world

- support programs for early stage change makers
- masterclasses for advanced CEOs and organizations
- technical assistance program including publications and webinar series
- development of networks of like minded entrepreneurs

Access to a wide range go in-house expertise, resources and networks.

Two cohorts of early stage entrepreneurs and one to join SEED Lab in the fall of 2020
Multiple masterclass sessions on organizational survival and sustainability
Regular webinars, op-ed etc
Launch of a technical assistance program for non profits

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Caravanserai Project

Board of directors
as of 7/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Bennett

Rhett Wilson

White House Historical Association

Susan Gomez

Inland Empire Community Collective

Armetta Parker

Emily Dabish

Civ: Lab

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/07/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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