Transformation Challenge winnings to boost overnight camp nonprofit
An Indianapolis-based nonprofit has won the $100,000 grand prize in the inaugural Mapt Solutions Transformation Challenge. Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, which operates an overnight camp in Brown County, says it will use the funding to re-establish its vision through strategic planning.
The competition was created by Mapt Solutions, an Indy-based strategic consulting firm, and was designed to challenge nonprofits to maximize their potential.
Founded in 1951, Happy Hollow operates the camp in Nashville that serves kids from underprivileged areas of Indianapolis and kids with disabilities. The organization says more than 40,000 kids have attended a weeklong camp since its inception.
By winning the challenge, Happy Hollow will receive a $75,000 grant for strategic planning services from Mapt, and $25,000 in cash to implement the plan.
“Happy Hollow has so much potential to grow, and we’re excited to partner with Mapt to envision a future direction that will allow us to continue servicing our community and our mission in a sustainable and relevant way,” Happy Hollow Executive Director Sara Noyed said in written remarks. “Through this process, we look forward to exploring ways to increase our programming during the school year ‘offseason’ and leverage our campus so that we can think about new ways to fund this amazing organization.”
Happy Hollow was selected among more than 30 nonprofits that applied for the challenge.
Brittany Krier, co-founder and principal of Mapt Solutions, said the camp’s efforts to expand the social-emotional support it offers to kids and navigate post-pandemic operations made the nonprofit “uniquely positioned” to benefit from the funding.
In a November interview with Inside INdiana Business, Krier discussed how the winning nonprofit would utilize its services.
“They would be partnering with the Mapt team to really assess their challenge or their opportunity, create a plan for addressing it, and then develop sort of a turnkey roadmap for going after it,” said Krier.
Moving forward, Mapt said it plans to make the Transformation Challenge an annual competition.