Strategic Philanthropy

how we accelerate social entrepreneurs

Overview

Annually, we allocate a portion of our assets to convene and build partnerships with social enterprises and provide support to organizations working to elevate the role of women globally, with the intent of making a lasting change. We have a particular focus on the global $2.4 trillion fashion industry (McKinsey 2016) and the women that make up the majority of its manufacturing workforce who are often especially vulnerable to low wage levels due to the persistent gender pay gap (Boston Consulting 2016).

 

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

Our Grantee Partners

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Community Development

The Central Park Conservancy restores, manages and enhances Central Park in partnership with the public.

Fair Trade USA cultivates 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 facilitates collaboration between families living in extreme poverty and youth volunteers 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 replicates successful social impact solutions to achieve sufficient scale to adequately address social problems.

Jibu equips African entrepreneurs to launch drinking water franchises.

Rebuild Globally offers comprehensive job training and education programs in Haiti with a pipeline to guaranteed employment.

Selfhelp is a family of two credit unions, a nonprofit loan fund and an advocacy group with a mission to expand opportunities for underserved communities.

Ecosystems

Cradle to Cradle educates and empowers manufacturers of consumer products to become a positive force for society and the environment.

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 provides products and educational resources to support individuals and advisors looking to engage in impact investing.

The United States Global Leadership Coalition advocates the importance of development and diplomacy throughout U.S. foreign policy and the national security strategy.

The Unreasonable Institute educates, trains and supports social entrepreneurs to launch businesses and non-profit organizations.

Education

The Amani Institute, through a new model of higher education, develops professionals who create social impact.

Ashesi University is a liberal arts university in Accra, Ghana educating a new generation of African leaders.

Ashoka U catalyzes social innovation in higher education through a global network of entrepreneurial students, faculty and community leaders.

Educate! works to infuse a practical, skills-based entrepreneurship curriculum into national education systems across Africa.

The Center for Social Impact Learning is an action learning and research institution focused on the social impact of business and financial investment.

Millennium Campus Network supports students promoting sustainable international development aligned with the Millennium Development Goals.

Move This World provides online tools for educators and school leaders to foster the emotional wellbeing of themselves and their students.

NYU’s Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship attracts, encourages and trains a new generation of public service leaders.

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 supports UCSB’s objectives of teaching, research and public service.

The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley develops leaders who redefine how we do business.

Watson University develops the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

Healthcare

Possible Health 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 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 bring global attention and resources to their struggles.

International Bridges to Justice provides competent legal representation to protect the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries.

Women & Girls

The Afghan Institute of Learning invests in building local education, health resources and skills training.

The Akilah Institute for Women offers market-relevant education that enables young women to achieve economic independence and obtain leadership roles.

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 with high quality, affordable primary care and health promotion programs.

Indego Africa empowers artisans with market access and job skills that enhance their long-term earning potential.

Krochet Kids provides holistic education, one-on-one mentorship and access to micro-finance for vulnerable women in the developing world.

LivelyHoods creates job opportunities for youth and women in urban slums to earn an income and gain the necessary skills and experience for employability.

Mothers2Mothers seeks to improve 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 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.

Pro Mujer provides microfinance, business training and healthcare support for poor women in Latin America.

Remake is building a conscious consumer movement to use shopping dollars to improve and shape the lives of people who make our clothes.

Resonate offers a customized storytelling for leadership training to build the capacity of impact groups focused on women’s skills-building and education.

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 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.

Sustainable Health Enterprises is addressing girls’ and women’s lack of access to affordable menstrual pads.

Women’s Microfinance Initiative establishes village-level loan hubs, administered by local women, to provide capital, training and support services to rural women.