Megan Christenson

Megan is the Director of the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light. In this role she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Civic Accelerator, including venture recruitment, program and curriculum development, portfolio monitoring and evaluation, direct investments, and developing strategic program and philanthropic partnerships.

Each week, the Civic Accelerator blog features an entrepreneur from our growing portfolio of more than 100 startups to share their “ah-ha” moments, trials, and successes in launching and running a social venture. This week’s venture profile is on Jake Schoenknecht, Director of the Small Batch Program at the Detroit Food Academy. The 30,000 ft […]

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in Skill Scout (Chicago) and Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (Detroit) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both are ensuring workforce success for youth in Detroit and the Great Lakes region by launching new models that create greater opportunity and prepare young adults […]

6 CivicX Alumni named Forbes 30 under 30!

For the past 5 years, Forbes Magazine has kicked off the New Year by convening a select group of inspiring young leaders creating significant impact in their industry and awarding them with the designation of “30 under 30.”  This year, we are very proud to share that 6 Civic Accelerator alumni were named Forbes 30 under 30 in […]

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Since 2008, the economic recovery in the U.S. has gained momentum for many, however financial security remains out of reach for low-income families, young adults and ethnic and racial minorities. In today’s economy, digital skills and financial literacy are essential to obtaining living wage employment and achieving economic mobility. Yet, traditional models are failing to close the […]

Fresh off our trip to San Francisco for the annual Social Capital Markets convening (SOCAP15), we want to share our lessons learned from the dozens of incredible conversations, expert speakers, and events throughout the week.  It was a long 4 days but between leading workshops, reuniting with CivicX alumni, making new connections and sparking new partnerships, we were […]