Welcome to the CAC2 Project Incubator and Accelerator
We help childhood cancer advocates and organizations incubate and hatch golden egg ideas for our members to share. If you think you have an idea worth rolling out into the community, we want to help you!
Why Incubate and Accelerate?
One of the main ways that CAC2 supports the childhood cancer community is by identifying and completing projects that individual organizations can’t do as easily or as effectively alone. The Project Incubator and Accelerator supports this process. From experience we have learned:
- Agreeing to work together
- Generating great ideas
- Selecting among ideas
- Completing them
The Project Incubator and Accelerator creates a process that allows us to propose, review, select, and then work on the next great idea together!
Have an idea for a cac2 project?Think you have an idea worth incubating? Make sure it fits with the CAC2 Guidelines (see CAC2 PROJECT GUIDELINES tab above) and then submit the Great Idea form.
Project Oversight TeamContact us at [email protected] if you have questions or need coaching from the Project Oversight Team.
- Steve Pessagno
- Bob Piniewski
- Vickie Buenger
- Lisa Towry
CAC2 Project Guidelines
CAC2 Projects are one of the main ways that member organizations can engage in collaboration and work together to create a world without childhood cancers.
Projects should promote CAC2’s mission to foster and sustain greater levels of coordinated action, information exchange, education, and learning, and broad-based collaboration through agreed upon initiatives in the areas of childhood cancer research and treatment, family services, advocacy support, and awareness building.
Project strategy should be focused on initiating collaborative efforts between CAC2 members to design and implement the project.
The steps involved in our community-endorsed project process are listed and explained here (see "Steps / Privacy" tab above). If you think you have an idea for the project incubator please consider the following guidelines before submitting your idea.
Ideas for CAC2 project should be submitted to the Project Oversight Committee by email or through the website mechanism. Prior to submission the member should check the following criteria for an acceptable project proposal:
Project proposals must:
- focus on helping the kids
- be inclusive
- have near-term outcomes
- support one or more of the four pillars
Project proposals must fall into one or more of the following categories:
- new (not previously attempted)
- legacy, where CAC2 member input will substantially shape the project
- legacy, where success depends on collaboration of member organizations
- Project proposals must be ideas that the CAC2 community can come together to make happen
- Fundraising projects are ineligible however grant writing components are permitted to solicit support for project costs
- Projects that promote individual member organization’s initiatives are ineligible.
- CAC2 logo and colors should be used on branded CAC2 projects, when appropriate, rather than individual member logos
Once your project idea has passed through the Project Oversight Committee Gate, it will be presented and explained to the membership for a vote and endorsement.
Project Support and Implementation
- The CAC2 membership will vote on and ultimately select new projects.
- CAC2 members should have opportunities to participate in and support the project and are expected to do so regularly.
- Projects will be self managed by the project team with support from the Project Oversight Committee, which may include preparation coaching or project coaching, if desired.
- If the project requires funding, a third gate through the CAC2 Board is required to have the project added to the budget.
- Leaders of approved CAC2 projects must give regular project updates to POC, Board, and CAC2 community.
- Upon project completion project teams will evaluate the project and share lessons learned with the POC.
Step 1 - What's your Idea?
Imagine your ideas as eggs. What do you need to turn your golden egg idea into a golden project?
A great idea? An executable plan? Knowledge and resources? Passionate people excited to execute the plan?
Yes, to all the above.
Step 2 - Project Oversight Committee Gate
Once you have formed your idea, you have to drive it through the Project Oversight Committee (POC) Gate. That means thinking through your idea, getting the basics down on paper, and using those basics to complete the short online “Great Idea” form.
When you submit the form it will be assigned to a member of the Project Oversight Committee (POC) who will initially review the idea with you. The POC lead will then review your project with the entire POC to make sure it fits the CAC2 Project Guidelines (see tab above). If guidelines are met and it is approved by the POC, it will be advanced to the Support and Participation Gate
Step 3 – Support and Participation Gate
Once it has passed through the POC gate, it will be sent out to CAC2 members to gauge interest in support, participation, and volunteering. If at least half of the targeted members agree that it’s worth pursuing the threshold of support is reached! Members, who express interest in volunteering for the project, will be contacted to form the committee which will help shape and move the project forward. Passing through the Support and Participation Gate signals that a lot of people in the community like your idea. It is a “Great Idea!”
Step 4 - CAC2 Budget Gate
Once you have driven your idea through both the POC Gate and the Support and Participation Gate, you are almost there! Next, if financial support is required from the CAC2 budget, the POC will present your idea to the CAC2 full board which will review and vote on your project’s budget; if your project does not require financial support from CAC2 – you are ready to go!
If project budget is approved, the Board, through the POC, will announce the new project to the community and the project team, in return, will agree to provide regular progress reports to POC, the Board, and to CAC2 members. Now, you are ready to get started!
Step 5 - Project Roll Out
Once the project is ready, we’ll highlight the great news and celebrate with all our members!