Guided by our Vibrant Communities framework, we co-design programs to promote Culture, Sustainability, and Opportunity. Vibrant Communities catalyzes regenerative neighborhood development grounded in equity, entrepreneurship, and place. Investments are led by the community voice to Ignite, Launch, and Grow social businesses, nonprofit projects, and collaborative initiatives. Core strategies include Planning, Connectivity, and Resources to promote an authentic civic Identity.


Fiscal Sponsorship provides 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. We provide consulting for established social businesses, nonprofits, and community initiatives through the Grow program.


We manage an impact investment portfolio called the Vibrancy Funds to create accessible funding with partners in underserved communities. Cross-sector leaders are supported through grant, award, and loan programs. We also partner to manage the philanthropic efforts of individuals, organizations, and foundations in creative ways.

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 an Entrepreneurial Mindset

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.