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Fast Forward

San Francisco, United States
Joined August 2017

Accelerating tech nonprofits



Presence in: United States
Focus: Other

Fast Forward accelerates tech nonprofits by investing money, providing training and mentoring, and increasing the visibility of tech nonprofits to scale them to impact. Fast Forward is the only organization dedicated to tech nonprofits as a sector, utilizing a well-established Silicon Valley playbook and applying it to nonprofits.

Fast Forward is focused on this new addressable market for technology. Tech has changed how we communicate, find jobs, request rides, discover love, and now how we solve social problems. We scale organizations that combine the best tech with sustainable business models in areas like education, healthcare, and human rights.

People Associated With This Organization

Shannon Farley

United States  
Fast Forward
Joined August 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Housing & Sanitation, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
Shannon is an experienced social entrepreneur. She is co-founder and Executive Director of Fast Forward, the first and only organizations committed to accelerating tech nonprofits. She was the founding Executive Director of Spark, the world's largest network of Millennial philanthropists. Prior to joining Spark, Shannon co-founded The W. Haywood Burns Institute, a MacArthur Award-winning juvenile justice reform organization.

Shannon has been awarded the New Leader’s Council “Top 40 under 40 Award”, The Aspen Institute’s Ideas Scholar Fellowship, and The Women’s Funding Network’s Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award. Under her leadership, Spark won the 2010 Outstanding Foundation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served in the Inaugural Congressional Conference on Philanthropy and Innovation.

Shannon holds a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University and an MS in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Shannon Farley is the network champion (main point of contact) for Fast Forward.

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