African Leadership Group Founder and Executive Director Papa Dia was one of three people named as a Notley Inaugural Changemaker at an event on February 21.
Notley is an Austin, Texas-based company that recently opened a Denver office. Alan Frosh, who staffs the Denver office, described the company as one that combines “a different approach to philanthropy” with impact investing and venture capital.
“Changemakers are our primary nonprofit focus, working to identify leaders in the communities where we have a presence,” Frosh said. These are people who make change, fill gaps, find solutions, serving their community most aggressively. Our goal is to support them, not just with financial support for their organizations, but with wraparound support, like mentorship, professional development, technical assistance, networking, all the things that they personally need to boost their leadership skills individually and support their organization’s missions more broadly.”
Frosh described Papa as “a tremendous example of everything we are seeking in a Changemaker.” The idea, he said, is to name a new cohort of two-to three Changemakers each quarter, building a group of interconnected individuals and organizations that can work together to push lasting and meaningful change in their communities.
Along with the Changemaker designation, Noitley presented ALG with a $10,000 award.
The other two Changemakers named last month were TeRay Esquibel, co-founder and executive director of Ednium: The Alumni Collective; and Jami Duffy, executive director of Youth on Record.