Light the Way: Help Us Unlock a $25,000 Matching Gift for Wrinkle Innovation

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As CICOA marks its 50th anniversary, we’re reflecting on our commitment to serving older adults, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers. But we’re not just looking back – we’re also looking forward with innovative approaches to make an even greater impact.

What is Wrinkle Innovation?

At CICOA, we believe innovation is more than just a buzzword. It’s about finding creative solutions to the challenges facing our communities. That’s why we launched Wrinkle Innovation, a unique venture philanthropy initiative.

WRINKLE (noun): a slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or skin; a clever innovation; a different or unexpected development, action or idea.

We define Wrinkle as a way to approach problems differently, leading to unexpected and impactful solutions. Focusing on the needs of older adults, those of any age with a disability, their care partners and the organizations that serve them, Wrinkle’s purpose is in direct alignment with CICOA’s longstanding mission.

Wrinkle Innovation consists of a venture studio, capital fund and consulting on joint community ventures.

  • Venture Philanthropy Studio: We invest in for-profit businesses that address the needs of our target population. These ventures generate revenue that can be reinvested in our mission and support the development of new solutions.
  • Consulting Services: Wrinkle also offers consulting services to other nonprofits interested in exploring venture philanthropy.
  • Capital: Private donors are increasingly looking for more impact from their gifts. Create opportunities, fuel future startups, and do good through new social programs that benefit a diverse community.

Why Wrinkle Matters

The nonprofit sector faces increasing pressure to find sustainable funding models. Wrinkle Innovation allows us to diversify our revenue streams and ensure long-term financial stability. But more importantly, it allows us to:

  • Design the future of home and community-based care: We’re at the forefront of developing innovative solutions that improve the lives of those we serve.
  • Drive social impact: Every Wrinkle venture is designed to create a positive impact in our community.
  • Be a leader in venture philanthropy: We’re setting an example for other nonprofits by demonstrating the power of this innovative approach.

Join Us in Lighting the Way: Matching Gift Challenge

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We’re excited about the potential of Wrinkle Innovation, but we need your help to make it a reality.

Matching Gift Challenge: Help us reach our $50,000 goal by June 30, 2024, and unlock an extra $25,000 from our generous donors, Wessley and Marci Jackson of American Senior Communities.

Multiply your support with our matching gift challenge! Every dollar you give brings us one step closer to our $50,000 goal.

Here’s how you can be a part of the future:

  • Make a Gift Today: Your contribution will help us develop and launch new ventures that make a difference. Visit to donate.
  • Give in Other Ways: Remember, there are many ways to give, including cash, pledges, donor-advised funds, stock donations, and even IRA qualified charitable distributions. Contact me today to discuss your options.
  • Spread the Word: Share this blog post with your friends and family and encourage them to support Wrinkle Innovation.

Together, we can create a brighter future for our communities. As we celebrate 50 years, we are excited to explore limitless possibilities through Wrinkle Innovation! Thank you for your continued support!


Unlock a $25,000 matching gift

Stephen Gerber
Stephen Gerber

Stephen Gerber brings experience in pastoral ministry, nonprofit management and fundraising team leadership to his role as CICOA’s chief development officer. Stephen is responsible for the agency’s overall fundraising strategy, leading annual campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, grants and special events.

He holds designations for Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®), and the executive certificate in religious fundraising. Stephen earned a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple University, a master’s degree from Grace Theological Seminary and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

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