We build the capacity of organizations to create Culture, Sustainability, & Opportunity in their neighborhood. The programs in our Vibrant Communities framework help to catalyze 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. Implementation strategies include Planning, Connectivity, and Resources to promote an authentic civic Identity.


We provides the legal structure and financial management to help nonprofit leaders succeed through Fiscal Sponsorship. 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. Our consulting services help to Grow established social businesses, nonprofits, and community initiatives.


We create accessible funding for leaders building culture, sustainability, and/or opportunity in their community through our impact investment portfolio, the Vibrancy Funds. Cross-sector leaders are supported through grant, award, and loan programs. Our portfolio report underscores our commitment to transparency and we partner to manage the philanthropic efforts of individuals, organizations, and foundations in creative ways.

The 2017 Annual Impact Report demonstrates how our programs and services are helping to reduce inequalities, create healthier communities, and increase access to opportunity

The Vibrancy Index is a platform which aligns community indicators and organizational impact data to mobilize investments which collectively achieve our goals

The Vibrant Communities Handbook 1st Edition provides an in-depth look at our framework to ignite, launch, and grow equitable socioeconomic development initiatives

Harnessing the Power of Vibrant Communities is a white paper exploring the impact and implementation strategies of New Sun Rising’s Vibrant Communities framework

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.