We are a catalyst for social impact.

What We Do

 

The culture at PGCSIF is grounded in our fundamental belief that through innovative solutions, alignment across and within sectors, and a keen focus on results Prince George’s County can quickly shift course on a broad number of issues facing its most vulnerable populations. We recognize the pockets of opportunity in the County, as well as the disconnection between the multiple stakeholders who are attempting to address many of the same issues, largely in an unorganized or uncoordinated way.  Our expectation is that by identifying best and innovative practice, supporting local infrastructure, and aligning outcomes, we can bridge these gaps and quickly increase impact.

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Our Mission & Vision

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Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund’s mission is to build social capital and invest in new approaches to solving social challenges in Prince George's County.

Our vision is to continuously identify appropriate models that support the County's infrastructure across public, private, religious, and non-profit sectors for improved quality of life.

We fundamentally believe that through innovative solutions, alignment across and within sectors, and a keen focus on results, Prince George’s County can quickly shift course on the challenges facing its most vulnerable populations. We recognize the opportunity in the County, as well as the disconnection between multiple stakeholders attempting to address the same issues. By identifying and adopting best and innovative practices, supporting local infrastructure, and aligning outcomes, we can bridge these gaps and quickly increase impact.

Our Values

innovation

We have a fundamental belief in the importance of testing solutions to accelerate progress on longstanding problems.

engagement

We engage the talents of multiple stakeholders, and galvanize commitment from those who have been disengaged in Prince George’s County.

Advocacy

We believe in an active citizenry that promotes wide-range access to resources and equal opportunities for the County residents.

Alignment

We are dedicated to alignment across and within sectors, achieving clarity to guide successful partnerships and coordinated action toward outcomes.

Outcome-focused

We believe in outcome- focused evaluation to assure impact.

 
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Our Approach

Social Entrepreneurship

Support pilot initiatives that attempt to solve pressing social challenges (directly or by supporting social entrepreneurs)

Leadership Development

Create a leadership pipeline that supports non-profits and strengthens their capacity

Results-Based Accountability

Focus on results – through community collaboratives, strategic alignment across sectors, and results measurement and reporting – for impact

PGCSIF Leadership

 
 
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tonia wellons, founder & managing director

Tonia Wellons has been a resident of Prince George’s County for 22 years. She currently serves as a Vice President at the Greater Washington Community Foundation and leads the Community Investment function, grant-making, community engagement efforts, and strategic partnerships. She has over 20 years of experience spanning senior leadership roles at the Peace Corps and the World Bank Group to social entrepreneurship for a community-based fund that she founded. 

Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2016, she served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration as head of global partnerships at the Peace Corps. Tonia was responsible for leading the agency’s partnerships with government, the private sector, international NGOs, and donors. This included bold cause-marketing partnerships for Let Girls Learn (an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama) with the likes of Land’s End and Alex and Ani; and a service exchange relationship with IBM. Tonia previously served as fund manager for CGAP, a multi-donor initiative focused on financial access and inclusion, housed at the World Bank Group. She also spent a significant part of her career working on USAID-funded capacity development initiatives during the immediate post-apartheid era in South Africa and the broader region.

In 2010, Tonia founded The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) and its flagship initiative, Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County.  Its mission is to build social capital and invest in new approaches to addressing a broad range of social challenges in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Tonia has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Development Policy from the University of Delaware, and a BA in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University.

 
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MARK A LAWRENCE, FUND ADVISOR & BOARD CHAIRMAN

Mark A Lawrence has been a resident of Prince Georges County for 18 years. He is currently the founder and managing principal of Inncuvate Consulting LLC, which is a professional services firm that exists to provide underserved communities access to sustainable life changing opportunities that creates wealth, bridges economic gaps, develops more serial entrepreneurs, fuels community growth and ultimately improves the standard of living. Inncuvate is focused on entrepreneurial ecosystems and believes in the power of technology-based enterprises as economic development and community growth engines. For example, he is currently providing advisory services to help the Prince Georges Community College Center for Entrepreneur Development and Training build its local ecosystem and apply the entrepreneurial method to all of their assets in order to build an innovation hub. He has over 22 years of professional experience, including eighteen years at “Big 4” firms in a senior management capacity where he led and delivered consulting engagements that span across the private, public, and non-profit sector. 

Prior to founding Inncuvate in August 2015, Mark served as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP where led consulting teams and directly provided trusted business and technology advisory services. Prior to that he served as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he managed and guided large system implementation project teams in addition to medium and small strategic consulting teams. At Cable & Wireless USA he was responsible for planning and engineering telecommunications transmission networks. Mark started his professional career at MCI Communications Corporation. (now part of Verizon) provisioning and operating large telecommunications switched transmission networks. 

Mark is also very active in his community and passionate about his adopted hometown, Prince George’s County Maryland. Mark was recognized as a Forty UNDER 40 2012 honoree and has been an active supporter since. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Temple University and a cross-disciplinary Master of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Maryland College Park.