Welcome to Our 2023 Full Circle Program Participants!

SVP Pittsburgh and the Equity | Impact Center is proud to announce the selection of the participants for the 2023 Full Circle Nonprofit Accelerator Program! 

The Full Circle Nonprofit Accelerator, facilitated by Leigh Solomon Pugliano, is a proven capacity-building program designed to improve organizational efficiency, program implementation, and financial sustainability, and increase overall impact, through an equity-centered lens. The organizations in this years program will accelerate their growth through strategic workshops, impactful mentorship by our SVP Coaches, and relationship-building and networking opportunities. 

Learn more about the 2023 Full Circle program participants below!

2023 Full Circle Organizations


Communitopia exists to provide transformative climate change education that develops today’s climate leaders and advances equitable solutions with a vision to live in a world where solution-based climate change education will transform community thought and practice resulting in empowered and healthy local communities.

Visit the Communitopia website to learn more!

Connect with Communitopia: Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network has grown and supports the regional robotics and autonomous systems businesses, careers and capital investments in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Robotics Network envisions their commercial cluster to be the largest, and most successful in the world, offering competitive, sustainable and equitable opportunities for southwestern Pennsylvania.

Visit the Pittsburgh Robotics Network website to learn more!

Connect with Pittsburgh Robotics Network: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

We Are Beautiful Outreach Program, Inc. provides quality mental health services and mentorship to young girls and women ages 5-18 years old and up. They are dedicated to building up the self-esteem of their program participants and cultivate the beauty within them. They also provide a safe space for girls to connect with mentors, learn and grow, and become female leaders who will positively impact the world.

Visit the We are Beautiful Outreach Program, Inc. website to learn more!

Women in Tech PGH (WIT PGH) is a human-centered workforce development and community for women in technology and growing companies who aim to impact 31,000 women in technology through community and human-centered skill development as they reinvent the path towards economic mobility.

Visit the Women in Tech Pittsburgh website to learn more!

Connect with Women in Tech PGH: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn


Follow and connect with each organization to learn about their journey throughout the Full Circle Accelerator program! We hope to see you on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5-7PM, to support each organization and celebrate the completion of the Full Circle program at the Final Pitch event.


Celebrating the Spring 2021 Cohort and Getting Ready for Fall!

The Spring 2021 cohort ended on June 24th with an incredible Final Pitch event and celebration! Each organization presented to SVP Partners, coaches, and Forbes Funds staff. The five organizations selected for the spring 2021 cohort represent a diverse group of nonprofit organizations and leaders directly addressing the needs of our community. We recognize how hard our nonprofit leaders are working to make an impact and hope that the Full Circle program provides some resources and tools to support their growth and sustainability. Thanks to sponsors Covalent and Straightforward Consulting, each organization was also awarded with a video highlighting the work of their organization. Please take a moment to watch the Spring 2021 Cohort Video to learn more about the work these organizations are doing and how you can support them.


The Spring 2021 Cohort Sponsors:


Pineapple Payment

The Irick Group


Straightforward Consulting

SVP Pittsburgh Partners

and with generous support from The Forbes Funds and The Pittsburgh Foundation

Applications are now open for the Fall 2021 Cohort!


The Full Circle Nonprofit Accelerator; a program of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Pittsburgh and The Forbes Funds

Organizations selected for Full Circle will each receive the following:

• Program: An intensive, hands-on 14 week program (~15 hours/month) consisting of workshops, consulting sessions, and networking opportunities that help your organization meet its impact and financial goals.
• Coaching: Teams of SVP Partners serving as coaches alongside your organization throughout the Full Circle program.
• Network: Access to a growing support network of innovative nonprofits and socially conscious private sector professionals eager to share their skills and expertise.
• Funding: Selected organizations receive an unrestricted financial award as well as the opportunity to acquire additional funds and in-kind support at the final pitch event of the program.

The Full Circle program culminates with the final pitch event, which provides a platform for non-profit leaders to share their organization’s mission, impact, and organizational goals and needs to a broader audience. 

• Organizations that apply must be designated as 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations operating in Allegheny County or have a Fiscal Sponsor
• Organizations that apply must designate at least two leadership staff who will participate consistently throughout the duration of the 14-week Full Circle program.
• Organizations, if selected, will be asked to submit their most recent annual report and/or year-end financial statements.

Applicants must also submit The Forbes Funds Nonprofit Needs Assessment as part of the application process.

Application closes on Wednesday, September 1st
Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 10th

**All programming will be virtual in 2021.


Fall 2021 Full Circle Application

Info Session:

Friday, August 27th 10:00AM-10:45AM

Register for the info session


About The Forbes Funds

The Forbes Funds focuses on building the management capacity and strengthening impact of community-based nonprofits individually and collectively. Our work supports capacity-building initiatives for human services and community development agencies by facilitating innovative partnerships, implementing learning cohorts, connecting local talent and initiatives to global frameworks like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Bateson Institutes Warm Data Labs, and building coalitions through the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP). Learn More: www.ForbesFunds.org


About SVP Pittsburgh 

Social Venture Partners (SVP) Pittsburgh is a community of engaged philanthropists who contribute their expertise, skills, networks, and finances to grow the impact of nonprofits and tackle our community’s greatest challenges. SVP Pittsburgh’s core program is the Full Circle impact accelerator, which connects SVP Partners as executive coaches to accelerate the impact of Pittsburgh’s most innovative nonprofits. Learn More: www.SVPPittsburgh.org

Announcing the Spring 2021 Full Circle Cohort!


Full Circle: Unleashing Nonprofit Potential


The five organizations selected represent a diverse group of nonprofits making an impact on, and meeting the needs of, our community. The selected nonprofits will engage in the intensive 14-week program that combines consulting, workshops, networking, and a pitch event. The program is designed to enhance each nonprofit’s programming impact, financial sustainability, and communication and storytelling. The nonprofit leaders in the cohort will work with teams of coaches with various areas of expertise skills, and experience to develop strategic solutions to their growth challenges. The Full Circle program culminates with the Final Pitch event which provides a platform for non-profit leaders to share their organization’s story and impact in the community.


Spring 2021 Cohort:

AWAKEN pittsburgh

Awaken Pittsburgh promotes personal and community well-being through mindfulness programs and compassionate actions. Our vision is a Pittsburgh region where people are in touch with their inherent worth and can cultivate the confidence and dignity to create a more just and enlightened world.

Divine Intervention Ministries

The DIM mission provides currently and formerly incarcerated adults and at-risk youth with coordinated resources that will connect them to supportive services and job training opportunities focusing on realizing their maximum potential spiritually, physically, and economically.

Pittsburgh Learning Commons

Pittsburgh Learning Commons (PLC) is an educational nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational opportunities that break down disciplinary boundaries and relate to real-world contexts where learners can claim ownership over their education and build lifelong learning skills, and develop expertise in applied STEAM fields. 

Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank

To ensure babies in need are clean, healthy and dry. We serve babies, families, senior citizens and girls and women. We are making a great impact in the community supplying basic needs.

When She Thrives

When She Thrives is dedicated to empowering single mothers to move their families from poverty to prosperity through advocacy, education, and personal and professional development.


The Full Circle Accelerator program is facilitated by Leigh Solomon Pugliano of Straightforward Consulting. The 2021 Full Circle program is a collaboration between The Forbes Funds and Social Venture Partners (SVP) Pittsburgh


Announcing the 2021 Full Circle Fellows!

We are excited to announce the 2021 SVP Full Circle Fellows! Each of the selected fellows brings diverse skills and expertise along with a passion for social justice, equity, and community engagement. We are truly excited to work with this group over the next year supporting the nonprofit organizations in our region.


The 2021 Fellows are:


Ashley Lynn Priore— an American chess player & coach, social & civic entrepreneur, nonprofit founder & consultant, political strategist & commentator, and youth rights activist,—is the founder, president and CEO of Queen’s Gambit, a national, multi-departmental hybrid nonprofit and social enterprise using chess as a catalyst for change and a model to empower, educate, and impact a better society. Ashley is the author of four books, including Let’s Learn Chess!, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics at the University of Pittsburgh. She also leads Y-22, a youth on boards movement, Youth Political Strategies and Priore Consulting, an innovative consulting firm.


Daniella Greeman is a Programming and Events Specialist at CMU’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to complete her B.A. in Urban Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in Community Organization and earned certificates in Public & Professional Writing, and African Studies. Daniella’s passion for community development has led her to host and coordinate strategic events for diverse audiences through her professional and volunteer work. Daniella also previously served as a board member for the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh, Repair the World, Civically, Inc, and was a fellow of New Leaders Council Pittsburgh Chapter.


Caelan Hidalgo Schick is studying Human Security at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and working with the Center for Latin American Studies as a coordinator for an online research publication. She completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. In Boston, she spent time interning in the nonprofit sector–solidifying her interest in civic engagement and providing dignity, and amplifying voices of underrepresented communities. Caelan serves on the board of Island Press, a nonprofit environmental publishing house and is on the leadership team of the GSPIA Students of Color Alliance.


Dr. Victoria Mattingly has been providing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and learning & development consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations for 10+ years. She has built and implemented DEI & allyship solutions with companies including Intel, American Eagle, Sargent & Lundy, and Project Management Institute. Dr. Mattingly is founder and CEO of Mattingly Solutions, a woman-owned DEI consulting firm. Mattingly Solutions believes that DEI is much more than a one-off, HR initiative. DEI done right is embedded in the fabric of a company’s culture, its overall strategy, and considered in every business decision—at all levels of the organization. Dr. Mattingly is a proud Woodland Hills and University of Pittsburgh alum and lives with her husband and son in Stanton Heights.


Andrea Padilla was born in Quito, Ecuador and she holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Ohio University. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Before joining Casa San Jose, Andrea gained experience in Communications by working as an intern for the Ecuador-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Driven by her passion to support marginalized communities, she worked as a Program Assistant at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in Quito, which gave her professional experience in the field of migration and humanitarianism. 


About the Program

The Fellows program was designed to encourage and invite civically engaged individuals to join Social Venture Partner (SVP) Pittsburgh and serve as coaches for the nonprofit accelerator program. The year-long program provides the opportunity for those interested in social responsibility and civic engagement to bring their knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise to nonprofit organizations in the region. 


SVP Fellows will benefit from: 

  • Professional Development: opportunities for learning and skill-building throughout the program in areas of DEI, Coaching, and Facilitation.
  • Increased Awareness: build knowledge and insight about the inequities that exist in our society and systemic injustices that impact our communities, and work with nonprofit leaders to improve and enhance their solutions.
  • Professional Network: connect with a growing community of civically engaged professionals from across industries who are eager to build friendships and partnerships with their SVP colleagues.

Fellows will work with two cohorts of organizations in the Full Circle program over the next 10 months. The Fellows program is facilitated by Leigh Solomon Pugliano of Straightforward Consulting. The 2021 Full Circle program is a collaboration between The Forbes Funds and Social Venture Partners (SVP) Pittsburgh