Become a Founder

Become a Spreading Hope Founder

Each year, we select a cohort of (at least) three founder schools to help kick-start. We select founders from among those who have come for a Plunge Visit, and apply to be considered. Meet our current founders here.

2022 Cohort Deadlines
April 31, 2021 – Pre-Assessment Deadline – Click here to begin (required for all 2022 founder candidates)
June 31, 2021 – Founders Application Deadline – Click here to begin (For assessed candidates only)
July 15, 2021 – Cohort Selection

2023 Cohort Deadlines
March 31, 2022 – Pre-Assessment Deadline – Click here to begin (can be completed now)
May 31, 2022 – Founders Application Deadline – Click here to begin (For assessed candidates only)
July 1, 2022 – Cohort Selection

Spreading Hope seeks to partner with founders planning to launch a God-centered school in under resourced communities in or near a major U.S. city. We believe that there are not enough private God-centered schools serving low-income students, and that God can raise up a new generation of visionary leaders to lead new God-centered schools for children of the city.

Qualities of a Founder

  • Have joined us for a Hope Academy Plunge
  • Deeply committed and driven to pursue biblical justice
  • Visionary and theologically astute thinker
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Self-aware and committed to continuous improvement
  • An experienced, results-oriented and results-proven leader
  • A strategic thinker
  • A strong communicator with charisma
  • Cultural competence and experience in multi-ethnic settings, able to build strong relationships with all stakeholders

1. Plan

14 months pre-launch
We facilitate an initial one, five and ten year strategic plan and help you outline a path to launch.

2. Inspire

11 months pre-launch
We help you inspire Partners with a case statement, a vision event with Russ Gregg, and careful follow-up.

3. Enroll

9 months pre-launch
We guide as you canvas your area to enroll target families and raise awareness.

4. Hire

3-5 months pre-launch
We help you hire teachers and staff, including a search for your director of development.

5. Train

Staff development week
We help you to train your staff on key processes (fundraising, family ministry, classical education and cultural competency).

6. Launch

September-July of launch year
We advise you in your launch year as you contextualize and adapt the model.

Hope Academy is a flagship for our Christian schools. The development and growth of Christian schools like Hope Academy is so encouraging. CSI is excited by the school planting efforts of the Spreading Hope team.

Jeff Blamer

Vice President, Member Services, Christian Schools Intl. (Grand Rapids, MI)

The Spreading Hope Network has been a Godsend for our Board of Directors and leadership. Their help with fundraising and communication planning and infrastructure, access to Hope's documents and model, as well as prayer and encouragement, has helped us start well.

Roosevelt Wilson

Ed. D, Head of School, Harbor Christian Academy (Houston, TX)

Spreading Hope Network is endorsed by the following organizations: