Vibrant Communities

We co-design programs with communities to promote Culture, Sustainability, and Opportunity. Vibrant Communities is a framework for regenerative neighborhood development grounded in equity, entrepreneurship, and place. Investments are led by community voice to ignite, launch, and grow social businesses, nonprofit projects, and initiatives. Core strategies include Planning, Connectivity, and Resources to promote an authentic civic Identity.

Fiscal Sponsorship

We provide the legal structure, financial management services, and strategic consulting to help nonprofit project leaders succeed. Some of the leading social innovators in the region — including professional arts organizations, cooperative incubators, and multi-municipal sustainability planning efforts — operate with our support.

Vibrancy Funds

We manage investments to create economic opportunity and develop social capital with partners in underserved communities. Cross-sector leaders access funds through grants, awards, and small loans. We also partner to manage the philanthropic efforts of individuals, groups, and foundations.

Many communities face challenges to succeed in the current socioeconomic system. The shared values of New Sun Rising and our partners work to bridge the opportunity gap and create Vibrant Communities for all. We believe that transformational change requires a commitment to:

Engage + Co-power Local Stakeholders

Connect Opportunity with Community Priorities

Develop + Activate Entrepreneurs


Through the visionary leadership of New Sun Rising’s staff, board of directors, and network of partners, we continue to explore the possibilities of civic innovation and socioeconomic development built from the bottom up, and inside out.