Equity lens across our programmatic work

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, it seemed like nearly every company, brand, and organization had something to say. I watched my inbox and social media feeds fill up with strongly worded statements about Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, and racial injustice. I remember rolling my eyes hard when a deodorant brand I bought once, pressed pause on pushing its rosé-scented summer special edition to send out a lengthy email about its commitment to racial justice. …


Help us get the word out about our new initiative to support early-stage solutions addressing economic inequality in the U.S.

The economic divide in the U.S. is sharp and rising. In the decade since the Great Recession, middle-and-lower classes saw their collective wealth shrink by over 20%, disproportionately affecting women, people of color, and young people. Meanwhile, the country’s most affluent families grew their median net worth by over 13%, making America the most financially unequal nation in the Western world.

At Uncharted, we’re elevating solutions that create transformational opportunities for people to increase wealth in the near term while building towards a long-term vision to address the root causes themselves. …


Help us spread the word about our new accelerator program in partnership with Chipotle

The last year exposed how fragile the U.S. food system is. In the west, farmers spent their summers fending off wildfires that threatened to destroy their land. The COVID-19 pandemic struck workers and disrupted national supply chains. And all across the country, the farming community reckoned with hard truths about its racist and exclusionary history.

Now is the time to take a fresh look at our food system and reimagine what it can be — technologically efficient, able to meet the demands of our growing population, and equitable for all farmers. In pursuit of this mission, we’re launching the Chipotle…


Overview

This is the third post in our series on Uncharted’s ongoing journey to be an anti racist organization. We’re taking intentional steps, but we’re also struggling, and the goal of this series is to provide a behind-the-scenes look into questions we’re asking, the progress we’re making, and the challenges we’re facing. This week, we’re focusing on the topic of hiring and how it intersects with our anti racist work.

In this post, we are going to get into the nitty gritty of our hiring practices. We’ll outline our current metrics, what has worked, what hasn’t worked, reflections, and questions we’d…


There is something powerful about having someone from outside your organization become deeply embedded for a season. Through fresh eyes, sometimes an outsider can help put language to things that have been going on for a while, which your internal team hasn’t been able to name. This happened to our team last month when our DEI consultant, Erin Yoshimura (of Empowerful Changes), called us nice. Nice doesn’t sound so bad, but in the context of our DEI work, being nice maybe isn’t the greatest thing to be.

There’s an underlying sense of politeness, agreeableness, and ultimately, pleasantness to niceness, which…


Thanks for tuning back in. In this post, we’ll be diving into inclusion — what we’re doing well, the challenges we’ve encountered, and what we’re learning.

Unlike some other aspects of our journey to become more antiracist, which are brand new and profoundly challenging, inclusion is an area we feel slightly more comfortable with, though we still have plenty of room for growth and numerous experiences we can point to where we could have and must do better.

Definitions and goals

We’re a people-first organization, which you’ll see reflected in our values, programs, and culture. This is inclusion: the sense of community we…


Uncharted is taking intentional steps to become a more antiracist organization. This work is foundational for our organization and personal for our team. We are determined to rise to the responsibility and role we have to fight systems of oppression, but we are also struggling. This work is complex, nuanced, and slow. There have been times when we haven’t known what to do. So in an effort to ask for help and transparently share our journey, we wanted to create a series of posts that show the behind-the-scenes challenges we’re facing, the progress we’re making, and the questions we’re asking.


This article was written by Uncharted CEO Banks Benitez.

Two weeks ago, we announced that we’re moving to a 4-day workweek as an Uncharted company policy. Today, we’re sharing how we designed, prepared, and continuously optimized to make this work. We’ll also share mistakes and recommendations for others who might be considering alternatives to traditional workweeks.

Design

We had read about the merits of a 4-day workweek (see the assembled resources and articles in this document), but we didn’t want to adopt the 4-day workweek as immediate company policy. …


This article was co-authored by Uncharted CEO Banks Benitez and Coeffect Principal Consultant Paul Collier.

At the beginning of the summer, we launched an experiment to try out a 4-day workweek. Everyone’s salary stayed the same, but our team worked 32 hours every week between June 1st and August 28th, taking every Friday off (This was not four 10-hour days. This was four eight-hour days.).

The experiment tested the hypothesis that we can deliver 100% of the work at 80% of the time, while increasing team mental health, reducing team stress, and maintaining team culture and cohesion.

Based on the…


How to talk about our third annual accelerator program for nonprofits using mobile tech to serve their communities

Today, more than ever, nonprofit startups are finding creative new ways to create impact remotely. Many forward-thinking organizations are turning to mobile technology to disseminate information, resources, and opportunities to their beneficiaries, but bringing their operations online requires complex technical knowledge and guidance. Enter Visible Connect, a virtual accelerator program in a renewed partnership with Visible, a digital phone service. Over the course of 9-months, we’ll provide a cohort of six nonprofits with philanthropic capital, technical support, ongoing mentorship, funder introductions, and other support to help them scale.

Why mobile tech?

Our phones are at the heart of what we do, connecting us…

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