How We Fund

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We are interested in dynamic, long-term, highly engaged partnerships centered around shared learning, and mutual accountability. Once we fund an organization, we are also committed to providing support beyond project funding when needed.

We identify organizations and projects through outreach and follow up when we see opportunity and alignment with our mission, values, partner selection criteria and program selection criteria, described below.

Current grant opportunities are by invitation only.

Our grant funding is usually unrestricted and awarded based on the grantee’s fiscal year.

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Partner Selection

Local & independent

We prioritize funding for local and independent organizations, meaning organizations that:

  • Are registered as an independent nonprofit (or equivalent) in the countries where they operate
  • Comprised of people born and raised in the regions where they work
  • Have a functioning local and independent Board
  • Have a track record of successful program implementation
  • Are trusted by and accountable to community members, traditional leaders and local government

We also prioritize funding to organizations that are women-led or have a clear objective to raise the voices of women within their organization.

Working in countries most in need

We prioritize funding in countries where the needs are most pronounced (based on the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index), and within those countries we aim to support the most vulnerable regions. However, we do not fund organizations operating in countries where there are high security threats. We are funding organizations globally, however, we are prioritizing organizations working in Africa; currently we are funding organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe

Mission-aligned

We fund organizations that implement programs focused on rural communities in under-served regions to support them in achieving self-sufficiency and having opportunities to thrive.

Assessment Areas

We evaluate partnerships based on these 10 areas:

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