Financing Options

SOCIAL VENTURE GRANTS, INVESTMENTS & FINANCING

 

FUNDING SOURCESTAGE OF INVESTMENT — CRITERIA

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Echoing Green Fellowship
www.echoinggreen.org

Idea Stage; Early Stage

Echoing Green’s world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs. From thousands of applicants, typically fewer than one percent are ultimately selected as Echoing Green Fellows. Those selected receive funding to help launch new organizations; access to Echoing Green’s robust network; leadership development opportunities; and one-to-one support and counseling.

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Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship
www.echoinggreen.org

Early Stage

The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship is a new fellowship program established by Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green dedicated to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new and innovative organizations in the field of black male achievement.

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Google Grants
http://www.google.com/grants/

Any stage

Google Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google’s online advertising tool. Google Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com.

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The Awesome Foundation
http://www.awesomefoundation.org

Starting/ Existing project or program

Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond.

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The Mulago Foundation
http://www.mulagofoundation.org/

Early stage organizations, few expansions

Mulago looks for organizations built around a big idea and focused on maximum social impact. We fund on the basis of a priority problem, a scalable solution and an organization that can deliver. The Mulago Foundation is focused on four elements of a lasting better life – livelihood, health, education and conservation – in the places that need it the most.

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Underdog Ventures , Underdog Foundation
http://underdogventures.com/

Already established business or program

The Underdog Foundation identifies non-profit organizations that are in need of grants and that have demonstrated abilities to provide important community services. The targeted organizations are frequently linked to the social mission and community priorities set by the investors and of the socially aware businesses providing donations. The Foundation allows for customization, as part of its grants will be made on a donor-advised basis.

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RSF Social Finance Seed Fund
http://rsfsocialfinance.org/

501(c)(3) tax-exempt status per the IRS, organizations in the first 2 years of operation

Alignment with RSF’s mission and focus areas (please refer to the What We Value section of our website).