Roundtable explores innovative funding approaches for nonprofits

We moved our summer Roundtable out of the conference room and onto the roof of COFFEED, a social-purpose cafe that boasts a rooftop garden that’s home to City Growers and the Brooklyn Grange. The event featured a presentation by the founders of Catapultian, which was created to help charitable organizations fulfill their missions and sustain themselves through entrepreneurship.

Joseph Kovler, Josh Kovler and Max Evans led a discussion on innovative ways for nonprofits to meet their funding goals, including the novel strategy of forming for-profit entities to generate revenue. And everyone enjoyed delicious produce from the garden, and we got to hear about the great programs for urban youth that City Growers operates there.

Download a full recap of the discussion.

6:00 – 8:30PM at COFFEED in Long Island City

Organizers: Eileen Egan and Sudip Mukherjee

Host: Frank Raffaele

• Advising non-profits on developing and implementing socially responsible, economically sustainable for-profit ventures;
• Providing a platform for non-profits to crowd fund donations earmarked for socially conscious, for-profit ventures
• Providing interest free loans to non-profits owned for-profit ventures


Max Evans, Co-Founder, CEO of Catapultian Foundation Max is Co-Founder of Catapultian and CEO of Catapultian Foundation. Prior to joining Catapultian, Max worked at Epic Systems in software implementation project management. While at Epic, Max was responsible for software system overhauls at major hospitals across the country.

Josh Kovler, Co-Founder, CEO of Catapultian Advisors Josh is Co-Founder of Catapultian and CEO of Catapultian Advisors. Prior to joining Catapultian, Josh worked at Lazard Frères in its Corporate Finance Group. While at Lazard Frères Josh was involved with transactions raising over $4.2 billion of capital for clients in a wide array of industries including aerospace & defense, consumer, industrials, power & energy, and technology.

Joe Kovler, Special Advisor Joe has been a management consultant for agencies within New York serving persons with disabilities since 1988. He assists executive staff and boards of directors with planning initiatives, revenue maximization projects, organizational studies, and training of management staff and board members. He has also been the editor for four publications focused on services and programs for persons with disabilities. Prior to establishing his consulting practice he held the position of Associate Executive Director of the NYS Association for Retarded Children, Inc. and various management positions in policy development for the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. He has also served in the capacity as a board member for a number of not-for-profit companies.

COFFEED (ten minutes from Midtown—two stops on the R and the third stop on the M)
37-18 Northern Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

COFFEED founder, Yale alum Frank Raffaele, is hosting a pre-meeting reception at the roof-top farm, including light supper from the farm, pastries and drinks.

Cara Chard, the executive director of City Growers, the non-profit running the farm, will be in attendance.

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