About the YorIt Initiative
The YorIt Leaders
We are comprised of people who are excited to build our lives in York, who are enthusiastic about York's potential and who wish to contribute to the vitality of York. Members join YorIt by making a $600 per year contribution (that's only $50 a month!)
Through the YorIt Social Venture Challenge, we support emerging socially-minded organizations that add to the vitality of York. Half of the funds raised through memberships go toward creating a YorIt endowment and half go toward the Social Venture Challenge grant program. Members play an active role in the grantmaking process by making connections, soliciting ideas, interviewing applicants, all culminating in a live pitch event where members vote on the project that means the most to them. We can grant up to $20,000 to the idea or startup that makes York an exciting place to be.
We use short "coffee talk" sessions to research new initiatives and ideas in York; to provide a platform for our members to share their expertise in an area of interest; and to encourage a community of connections. Our events demonstrate the tremendous potential and energy that exists here in our own backyard, inspiring enthusiasm in what we can accomplish together.