Funding Opportunities

COMPETITIONS

Social Innovation Fast Pitch : The goal of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch program is to build the capacity of and create visibility for innovative local nonprofits and the social entrepreneurs who lead them. Social Innovation Fast Pitch is a two-month training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change in Greater Los Angeles, that culminates in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch Event and Showcase.

FELLOWSHIPS

Ashoka Fellowship (US) : Ashoka Fellows are practical visionaries who introduce, and fully commit themselves to realizing, an important, new idea. They bring to bear on the social problem a fresh analysis and insight about how to fix it. They get systems unstuck and open new opportunities for citizens to be changemakers. With creativity and entrepreneurial skill, they push ahead their idea until it changes a pattern through wide adoption, often over many years. Ashoka teams use a standard selection criteria to gauge a candidate’s fit with Ashoka as an Ashoka Fellow. Drawing on national and global perspectives, our interview sequence explores a candidate’s life history of entrepreneurship and the idea’s emergence and likelihood for systemic impact.

Draper Richards Fellowship : The Draper Richards Foundation provides selected social entrepreneurs with funding of $100,000 annually for three years. The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations. The Draper Richards Fellowships are highly selective. We only award six fellowships per year so we can fully engage with our portfolio of grantee organizations.

Echoing Green Fellowship : Each year, Echoing Green awards 12-20 two-year fellowships to social entrepreneurs. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in seed funding and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable social change organizations. Echoing Green seeks individuals or partnerships (organizations led by two people) with: Innovative solutions to significant social problems; strategies to create high-impact, sustainable change in people’s lives; and the ability to grow and lead a new organization.

SOCIAL FINANCE

Good Capital : Good Capital is an investment firm that increases the flow of capital to innovative ventures creating market-based solutions to inequality and poverty. Using a high engagement model, we invest in the most promising social enterprises and give them the tools and guidance they need to succeed. In addition, Good Capital actively leads the development of the emerging social capital market. We share a deep commitment to the creation of a new, informed, and passionate world of investing that strategically moves more capital to good.

Investors' Circle : Investors' Circle is a network of over 150 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations and family offices who are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Since 1992, Investors' Circle has facilitated the flow of over $134 million into more than 200 companies and small funds addressing social environmental issues.

Kiva ZIP : SEA-LA is a trustee offering several chances to get a $5,000 zero interest loan via Kiva ZIP.

Mission Markets : Mission Markets operates a unique private exchange for the social and environmental capital markets. The Mission Markets platform provides socially and environmentally responsible companies, organizations, and projects with cost effective access to mission aligned capital. We provide impact investors with an efficient way to evaluate, invest in and monitor sustainable investment opportunities.

Presumed Abundance : We provide startup capital for your company. Instead of buying equity for ourselves, the equity we purchase goes directly into our angel fund. Upon a liquidity event (merger/acquisition or IPO), the equity we purchased becomes available as seed stage capital for new social enterprises. The twist? You are now our angel partner, with an equal voice in determining where to invest that money.

REDF : REDF provides funding and business assistance to a carefully selected portfolio of nonprofit enterprises that employ young people disconnected from school and work, and adults who are overcoming histories of homelessness, mental illness, addiction, incarceration, chronic poverty and joblessness.

RSF Social Finance : RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.

VENTURE PHILANTHROPY

New Profit : About New Profit. We are a national venture philanthropy fund that seeks to harness America's spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship to help solve our country's biggest social problems. We focus our portfolio investments on innovative nonprofit organizations with the potential to create significant, long-term impact on the social mobility of low-income Americans. And we pursue a range of strategies designed to help build an environment in which all social entrepreneur-led organizations may realize their full potential for social impact.

CONSULTING

Community Wealth Ventures : CWV offers strategy and implementation services to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations, partnering with them to design and implement innovative approaches to growth and sustainability. CWV supports nonprofit sustainability through a variety of strategies, with core expertise in social franchising and social enterprise. CWV’s collaborative approach to consulting focuses on equipping leadership teams with the skills they need to execute the strategy.

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