Grant Making

How we accelerate social entrepreneurs

Overview

A portion of our assets are set aside to make grants, convene and build partnerships with social entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders aligned with our mission, to elevate the role of women globally, with a particular focus on the advancement of artisan enterprise. Fashion is an estimated $2.5 trillion industry, the second largest in the world, employing one-in-six people globally, of which 80% are women.

 

We are excited to support passionate leaders with ground-breaking vision and scalable, revenue-generating, sustainable business models. Biannually, we invite mission-aligned partners to submit an application for a one-time grant, typically between $10,000 and $50,000. Committed to our 3Cs approach, we seek to engage our partners beyond the dollar.

 

Thank you to the following organizations for giving us the opportunity to partner on work aligned with our values.

Our Grantee Partners

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Community Development

The Central Park Conservancy seeks to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public and aspires to set the standard for and spread the principles of world-class park management, to improve the quality of open space for the enjoyment of all.

Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth.

Spark Microgrants enables communities to design and launch their own social impact projects.

Techo is a youth led non-profit organization present in Latin America & the Caribbean. Through the collaborative work of families living in extreme poverty with youth volunteers, TECHO seeks to overcome poverty in slums.

Uganda Hands for Hope aims to alleviate poverty and facilitate lasting change in the lives of the most vulnerable children and families living in urban slums in Uganda.

Economic Opportunity

The International Center for Social Franchising seeks to replicate successful social impact solutions to achieve scale to address the size of social problems.

Jibu equips African entrepreneurs to launch drinking water franchises.

Rebuild Globally is a nonprofit organization fighting poverty in Haiti by fostering local business. It is committed to rebuilding lives, families and communities by planting the seeds of social business and putting people to work.

Selfhelp creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for all by providing responsible financial services, lending to small businesses and nonprofits, developing real estate and promoting fair financial practices.

Ecosystems

Cradle to Cradle educates and empowers manufacturers of consumer products to become a positive force for society and the environment, helping to bring about a new industrial revolution.

Echoing Green works to find rare and exceptional leaders, forge a community of global pioneers and accelerate these leaders to impact the world.

Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.

ImpactAssets enables philanthropist and individual investors to engage in impact investing by providing impact investment products, including a donor advised fund and impact investing notes, and educational resources to support individuals and advisors looking to engage in impact investing and to help build the field of impact investing.

The United States Global Leadership Coalition works to educate and inspire support among the American public, opinion leaders and policymakers about the importance of development and diplomacy as key to U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy.

The Unreasonable Institute educates, trains and supports entrepreneurs to launch financially sustainable businesses and non-profit organizations to provide solutions to global economic, social and environmental issues.

Education

Our mission is to develop professionals who create social impact by creating new models of education and training that enable people to develop new practical skills and experiences for their professional toolkit, a personal understanding of their own leadership journey, and the global networks necessary for long-term career success.

Ashesi University is a private, non-profit liberal arts university in Accra, Ghana. Its mission is to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa and cultivate within its students critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform their continent.

Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers.

Educate! develops young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa, providing skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness, along with mentorship to start real businesses at school with a goal to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.

The Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) is an action learning and research institution focused on the social impact of business and financial investment, specifically in the areas of social enterprise, impact investment management, mainstream business perspectives and decisions regarding the long-term impacts of today’s actions.

Millennium Campus Network aims to support student efforts to promote sustainable international development in the spirit of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.

Move This World builds capacity for educators and school leaders to address the emotional wellbeing of themselves and their students in order to foster safe and supported learning environments.

NYU’s Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship is designed to attract, encourage and train a new generation of leaders in public service.

Pencils of Promise creates schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all.

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Foundation actively works to further the goals of the university and support UCSB’s objectives of teaching, research and public service.

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley has a mission to develop leaders who redefine how we do business.

Watson University develops the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

Healthcare

Possible Health is a nonprofit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s rural poor.

VisionSpring works to reduce poverty and generate opportunity in the developing world through the sale of affordable eyeglasses.

Human Rights

Asylum Access is dedicated to making refugee rights a reality. It empowers refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin America to live safely, work, send children to school and rebuild their lives.

The Fund for Global Human Rights finds and funds local human rights heroes who often work at great personal risk to strengthen and bring global attention and resources to their struggles.

International Bridges to Justice protects the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries, working to guarantee everyone the right to competent legal representation, protection from cruel and unusual punishment and the right to a fair trial.

Women & Girls

The Afghan Institute of Learning invests in building local education, health resources and training people with the skills they need to continue the work on their own in the future.

The Akilah Institute for Women offers a unique model of market-relevant education that enables young women to achieve economic independence and obtain leadership roles in the workplace and in society.

Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty.

GenteGas is a high-impact social enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life of families in Guatemala.

Grameen PrimaCare provides underserved women from low-income, immigrant communities with high quality, affordable primary care and health promotion programs empowering them to lead healthier lives.

Indego Africa empowers women through market access and education. It seeks to break the generational cycles of poverty by providing artisans with opportunities first to care for their families’ basic needs and then to develop job skills that enhance their long-term earning potential.

Krochet Kids empowers people to rise above poverty through the provision of fair wage jobs, holistic education, one-on-one mentorship and access to micro-finance for vulnerable women in the developing world.

LivelyHoods seeks to create job opportunities for youth and women in urban slums so they can earn an income and gain the necessary skills and experience for employability.

Mothers2Mothers seeks to impact the health of mothers by putting them at the heart of improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.

Nest is committed to the social and economic advancement of the fashion and home industry’s informal workforce who comprise the complex supply chains outside of factories.

Nomi Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. It creates jobs for survivors of trafficking or women at risk by creating demand for its “Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body” product line.

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is working on behalf of HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda to end systemic deprivation, poverty and hunger through a holistic approach to community development, education and healthcare.

Pro Mujer provides poor women in Latin America with the means to build livelihoods for themselves and futures for their families through microfinance, business training and healthcare support.

Remake is building a conscious consumer movement. When we know the stories, we can use our collective voice and shopping dollars to improve and shape the lives of people who make our clothes.

Resonate builds the capacity of impact groups focused on women’s skill building and education and offers a customized Storytelling for Leadership training to complement existing programs.

Ripple Effect Images harnesses the power of photography and film to tell the stories of aid organizations changing the lives of women and children globally.

Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban slums by linking tuition free schools for girls to holistic social services for all.

Spark is a philanthropic network of young professionals that aims to increase the overall investment in women’s organizations around the world and to increase the number of young people who give to women’s causes now and plan to continue in the long-term.

Sustainable Health Enterprises is addressing girls’ and women’s lack of access to affordable menstrual pads, which causes significant costs to their health, education, productivity, and dignity.

Women’s Microfinance Initiative provides a comprehensive loan program called the “Transition to Independent Banking Program” that offers impoverished, rural women business loans in a highly structured environment.