The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth graduates Sands initiative

The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth has become the second graduate of Las Vegas Sands' Sands Cares Accelerator.

The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth has become the second graduate of the Sands Cares Accelerator.

Part of Las Vegas Sands, Sands Cares Accelerator noted that NPHY’s entry was a “natural fit” as Sands recognised the non-profit’s desire and potential to evolve its offerings to address youth homelessness.

“The Sands Cares Accelerator helped us create space beyond our day-to-day services and programming to look at strategic opportunities for how we can build lasting solutions to address youth homelessness in Southern Nevada,” said Arash Ghafoori, CEO of NPHY. 

“With the consulting support, guidance and funding resources provided through the Sands Cares Accelerator, we were able to complete our goal of developing a comprehensive and long-term strategic plan to chart our course for the future. 

“Our time in the program provided an incredible growth opportunity for NPHY.”

An exclusive three-year nonprofit membership program designed to help fast-track rising organisations on the tipping point of making a leap in community impact, NPHY joined the Sands Cares Accelerator in 2018 to focus on building its strategic vision for the next stage in its evolution.

Through the invitation-only Sands Cares Accelerator, Sands creates longer-term relationships with select nonprofits via extended funding, structured guidance and customised support rarely found with typical corporate-nonprofit engagements. 

Ron Reese, Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Corporate Affairs at Sands, stated: “NPHY’s journey through the Sands Cares Accelerator is a good example of how we’ve evolved the program over its brief five-year history, as we gained experience, better understood our members’ needs and found new ways to help them succeed.

“During their membership, we added a more structured approach for project management and goal-setting, which helped them work through the process for developing a strategic plan. Establishing a blueprint for their future is the type of lasting impact we aim to help nonprofits make.”

Sands celebrated NPHY’s graduation as part of a global virtual event highlighting the work of Sands Cares Accelerator members in the United States and Singapore. The Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation in Las Vegas was the program’s first graduate, completing its membership at the end of 2019.