Echoing Green Announces Fellowship Finalists

A brief note — Echoing Green has recently announced finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowship and Black Male Achievement Fellowship. You can view all 53 finalists (selected from more than 3,000 applications) here.

You can also view pitches from 2012 finalists below:

January 7 is Deadline for 2013 Echoing Green Fellowship

A brief note — January 7, 2013 is the application deadline for the 2013 Echoing Green Fellowship. Echoing Green provides seed funding for social entreprenuers to launch new organizations.  Thusfar, Echoing Green has invested more than $31 million in seed funding to more than 500 social entrepreneurs and their organizations.  You can learn more about applying for an Echoing Green Fellowship here

Below are videos that provide some background on the Echoing Green Fellowship.



Social Good Summit 2012 is September 22 – 24 (Free Livestream and Ticket Discount)

Social Good Summit

The 2012 Social Good Summit will take place from September 22 – 24.  This event is presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Below is a brief overview of the event:

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Held during UN Week from September 22-24, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and then to translate that potential into action.

On September 24, 2012 the Social Good Summit is coming to China and Kenya. Key leaders and citizens of Beijing and Nairobi will unite and explore the same themes that inspired the birth of the Social Good Summit. You’ll hear directly from these countries via Livestream, and can witness the live intersection of New York, Nairobi and Beijing on Monday morning from the stage of the 92Y in New York City.

A free livestream of this event (along with the event agenda and more) will be available here.  You can also view highlights from the 2011 event here.  One video excerpt is listed below.

In addition, a discount is available for those who would like to attend the event in person in New York City.   You can register for the three day program for only $99 by entering discount code "SGS99" when registering online.

March 1, 2012 is Application Deadline for 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll FoundationThe Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a cash award to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

The application deadline for the 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is March 1, 2012.  For more information:

April 27 is Application Deadline for 2012 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll FoundationThe Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a cash award to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

The final application deadline for the 2012 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is April 27, 2011.  For more information:

Corporation for National and Community Service Announces Initial Recipients of Social Innovation Fund Grants

Today the Corporation for National and Community Service announced the first recipients of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants.  These recipients (listed below) will conduct open competitions across multiple geographies to select nonprofit organizations (subgrantees) within six months of receiving awards. Three of the 11 grantees applied with competitively pre-selected subgrantees.

Additional information on the grantees listed below is available here.

Economic Opportunity

Jobs for the Future, Inc. ($7.7 million; 2 year grant) and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) will expand their targeted training and technical assistance to at least 23,000 low-income individuals over three years while also addressing the critical skill needs of more than 1,000 employers. The funds will dramatically increase economic opportunities for disadvantaged workers and job seekers through investments in regional workforce collaboratives that partner with employers to identify jobs and career pathways in high-growth industries.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation ($4.2 million; 1 year grant) will grow Financial Opportunity Centers – a workforce development and asset-building model that boosts earnings, reduces expenses and coaches low-income families on how to make better financial decisions – to five new cities and 7,500 total participants. The Centers are a core component of the organization's strategy to build sustainable communities.

Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City ($5.7 million; 1 year grant) and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) will replicate five effective anti-poverty programs originally piloted by CEO in eight urban areas. By advancing the education, employment and financial savings of low-income adults and families, the programs will combat poverty across a diverse cross-section of America.

REDF ($3 million; 2 year grant) will create job opportunities for thousands of Californians with multiple barriers to employment – including dislocated youth, individuals who have been homeless or incarcerated, and those with severe mental illness – in sustainable nonprofit social enterprises in low-income communities throughout the state. The project includes testing to determine the potential of these enterprises as scalable employment vehicles.

Healthy Futures

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky ($2 million; 2 year grant) will improve access to needed health services, reduce health risks and disparities, and promote health equity in 6-10 low-income communities in Kentucky. Subgrantees will focus on testing innovative strategies to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, curb smoking and other unhealthy habits, and, increase access to health services in underserved communities. Competitively pre-selected subgrantee: Barren River District Health Department ($250,000).

Missouri Foundation for Health ($2 million; 2 year grant) will invest in 10-20 targeted low-income communities across the state to reduce risk factors and the prevalence of two preventable causes of chronic disease and death: tobacco use and obesity. The project draws on an integrated community change model blending two transformative models of prevention on obesity and tobacco control.

National AIDS Fund ($3.6 million; 1 year grant) will support innovative strategies that increase access to care and improve health outcomes for at least 3,500 low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The project will employ rigorous evaluation, informing the implementation of the White House National HIV/AIDS Strategy and offering lessons that reduce barriers to care for a broad range of people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases.

Youth Development and School Support

New Profit Inc. ($5 million; 1 year grant) will collaborate with five to six innovative youth-focused nonprofit organizations with existing evidence to yield significant improvements in helping young people navigate the increasingly complex path from high school to college and productive employment. The project will expand the reach of these nonprofits to improve the lives of nearly 8,000 young people in low-income communities throughout the country. Competitively pre-selected subgrantees: College Summit ($2 million); iMentor ($750,000); Year Up ($2 million).

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation ($10 million; 1 year grant) will combine large grants, strategic business planning, rigorous evaluation and capital aggregation to increase the scale and impact of up to 10 youth development organizations in communities of need across the U.S. The subgrantees will focus on improving economically disadvantaged young people's educational skills and workforce readiness as well as helping them to avoid high-risk behavior.

Venture Philanthropy Partners ($4 million; 2 year grant) will create a powerful network of effective nonprofit organizations in the Washington D.C. National Capital Region supporting an integrated approach to addressing the education and employment needs of low-income and vulnerable youth ages 14-24. Competitively pre-selected subgrantees: College Summit National Capital Region ($372,000); KIPP DC ($656,000); Latin American Youth Center ($500,000); Year Up National Capital Region ($207,000).

Multi-Issue

United Way of Greater Cincinnati ($2 million; 2 year grant) the Strive Partnership and other funders, will address the needs of low-income children and youth from “cradle to career” in the Greater Cincinnati-area though investments in early education, mentoring and literacy programs, college access, career pathways and other innovations.

Sally Osberg (President and CEO, Skoll Foundation) to Speak at The Commonwealth Club on July 27

On July 27, The Commonwealth Club of California will present Sally Osberg (President and CEO, Skoll Foundation) as the next speaker in its Social Entrepreneurship in America series.  This series began in May and will run through March 2011 (see below).  The program on the 27th will start at 5:30 pm and take place at The Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market Street – 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.  Additional information and registration is available here.

Complete Series Schedule

MAY 24, 2010
Muhammad Yunus
Founder, Grameen Bank and Grameen America, Nobel Laureate

JUNE 22, 2010
Conchy Bretos
CEO, MIA Consulting Group, Ashoka Fellow

JULY 27, 2010
Sally Osberg
President & CEO, The Skoll Foundation

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Christopher Gergen
Director, Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, Duke University

OCTOBER 7, 2010
Mary Houghton
President, ShoreBank Corporation

OCTOBER 26, 2010
Bill Drayton
Founder & Chairman, Ashoka

NOVEMBER 17, 2010
William Foote*
Founder & CEO, Root Capital, Ashoka Global Fellow

DECEMBER 8, 2010
Premal Shah*
Co-Founder & President, Kiva

JANUARY 12, 2011
Jacqueline Novogratz
CEO, The Acumen Fund

FEBRUARY 9, 2011
Matt Bannick
Managing Partner, Omidyar Network

FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Jed Emerson
Author, Blended Value

MARCH 8, 2011
Louise Burnham Packard
Executive Director, Trinity Boston Foundation

MARCH 29, 2011
Kriss Dieglmeier
Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford University