Funding

Looking for ways to fund your great idea that’s going to change the world?  Well, there may be more options for financing your social venture than you’ve imagined!  Have a look!

Venture Capitalists

Adventure Project Blue Ridge Foundation Big Issue Investment Calvert Group CEI Ventures Central Fund City Light Capital Clean Technology Fund Community Development Venture Capital Alliance Good Capital GoodCompany Ventures Gray Ghost Ventures Gray Matters Capital Ignia Fund (focused on Latin America) Investors’ Circle Joshua Venture Group Mission Markets (also check out the Earth Exchange) New […]

Sources

For their fantastic venture funding lists, honorable mentions go to: Cause Capitalism Green VC Shana Dressler Social Earth Rachael Chong Other Sources: Catchafire Cause Capitalism Cause Capitalism2 Green VC Social Earth Social Innovators Collection

SOCAP Partners

A new form of capitalism is arising that recognizes our ability to direct the power and efficiency of market systems toward social impact.  Social Capital Markets is dedicated to supporting the growth of this market.  SOCAP is an annual event series that connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to […]

Search Local

Center for Venture Philanthropy (Silicon Valley) Hub Ventures is a San Francisco 12-week evening program providing funding and resources to social entrepreneurs. InCommons is an online and in-person network for social innovation in Minneapolis-St. Paul. New York Foundation Robin Hood Foundation targets poverty in New York City, including support of Teach for America. Social Venture […]

Online Platforms

33needs (Social enterprise focused with revenue sharing) buzzbnk CauseVox (requires paid subscription) Changents (donations, volunteering and more) Change.org  (fundraising and more) Chase Community Giving CrowdRise DonorsChoose.org (schools and teachers) FirstGiving GiveMN.org IndieGoGo Kickstarter Kiva (small business owners in developing countries) Mob Incentive Network for Good Pepsi Refresh Project PledgeBank ProFounder (aimed at entrepreneurs; includes revenue […]

Loan Providers

ACCION USA Calvert Foundation (affordable-rate loans) Nonprofits Assistance Fund Partners for the Common Good ShoreBank Slow Money Small Business Administration Social Capital Partners Triodos Bank The New Resource Bank Wainwright Bank

Grants

Ashoka Changemakers Chinook Fund DoSomething.org Grant Database Foundation Center (grant resources) Fundsnet Services (Web 1.0, but exhaustive) Google Grants Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) Kauffman Foundation (nonprofits) Philanthropy New York Social Innovation Fund The Awesome Foundation The Mulago Foundation USA.gov for Nonprofits (or, Grants.gov) KL Felicitas Foundation

Accelerators

Agora Accelerator.  Agora’s Accelerator is an intensive, 6-month program designed to give outstanding small businesses poised for expansion access to the social, human, and financial capital needed to accelerate their growth. Nicaragua.  Apply by October here. Canadian Cleantech Accelerator.  The Canadian Consulate will select high potential companies from Canada to grow at the San Jose […]