The National Institute for Social Impact (NI4SI), dba Colorado Institute for Social Impact, began from grassroots requests in our Colorado Springs community for more information on how to use a business model to do good in the world. Since 2016, these requests have grown from coffee conversations to an entire company dedicated to education, certification, evaluation, and consultation in the Social Impact space. As we sought to meet our own region’s need, we have been contacted by many others looking to develop the same Social Impact business models, consumer awareness, and community impact in other parts of Colorado as well as other cities across the country. With over 40 years combined experience on our team, we are committed to seeing this new sector of our economy grow and thrive across the United States.

Whereas some organizations direct their efforts across oceans, we exist to support those addressing complex issues in their own community. We believe that when you help where you live, work, and play—your ability to see opportunity as well as potential challenges is enhanced with a greater chance of success for everyone.

We believe Social Impact can evolve capitalism. We believe that Social Impact businesses can inspire others to strive for a higher purpose. Join the Colorado Institute for Social Impact as we accelerate the evolution of business.

Rise of the 4th Sector

There is a new sector of the economy that is embracing businesses that merge mission and margin, purpose and profit. This movement within business seeks to create social and environmental impact through the powerful economic engine of capitalism. This movement is reshaping the economy, capitalism, businesses and nonprofits. This model offers businesses the opportunity to actively engage in creating value that goes beyond the bottom line.


This model was developed to show the continuum of options for being a Social Impact Business. The continuum can range from nonprofit to for profit, although we believe that the tax designation should not limit a company from having Social Impact. While many businesses incorporate Corporate Social Responsibilities into their models, CSR is different from a business that incorporates Social Impact.

Executive Team

Jonathan Liebert
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Jonathan Liebert

Founder and CEO

Jonathan founded the Colorado Institute for Social Impact to educate, enhance and organize the emerging 4th Sector of the economy. He believes that Social Impact can evolve capitalism and that Social Impact businesses can inspire other businesses to strive for a higher purpose and bring elegant solutions to social problems.


As a social entrepreneur, Jonathan has spent the last 17 years utilizing business to solve prevalent social issues and serve disadvantaged populations. Jonathan is one of the co-creators of the Peer Navigator Model, an innovative peer support model for the military that was presented to the White House Joining Forces Team and has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Jonathan has a Masters in Counseling Psychology.

Stacey Burns
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Stacey Burns

Founder and Vice President

Stacey has been a strong advocate for Social Impact Businesses, veterans’ transition programs, as well as healing through the arts. Stacey was one of the creators of the Military Creative Expressions program in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.


Stacey is currently working to increase the understanding and measurement of Social Return on Investment (SROI) through CI4SI, a process she has been developing since 2009. Prior to that, she spent over 13 years helping people realize opportunity through Social Enterprise and other programs. Stacey has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education.

Adah Rodriguez
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Adah Rodriguez

Vice President of Development and Operations

Adah has always been particularly passionate and driven in her work to improve social issues at a local level. For the past 15 years she has been a part of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations aimed at improving their local communities. Past roles have included developing and leading programs for at-risk youth that focus on job placement and education, running an alternative high school for youth experiencing homelessness, developing a community garden for therapeutic and educational opportunities, and most recently operating a community health clinic focused on decreasing barriers to healthcare.


Adah holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Colorado College and a masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Paul Myers-Bennett
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Paul Myers-Bennett

Vice President of Marketing and Events

A Colorado entrepreneur himself, Paul has a 15-year record of developing and directing strategic operations and growth focused marketing initiatives and enjoys participating in our everchanging business economy. Paul brings an educational background in Organizational Communications, Marketing and Visual Communications. In past roles, he successfully established strategic partnerships in the financial, B2B, retail and regulatory spaces and possess direct experience growing startups from infancy to established organizations.


Paul applies his experience to building and growing the Colorado Institute for Social Impact (an education-based social enterprise created to enhance and organize the emerging 4th Sector of the economy).


Whenever possible, Paul enjoys exploring Colorado’s vast open spaces, participating in outdoor recreational activities and spending quality time with friends and family.

CI4SI Board of Directors

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Our Mission & Vision

Mission

Harness Social Impact to accelerate the evolution of business

Vision

The Social Impact Economy powers a new business definition for success