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Building a better future  

Charting a path towards a more inclusive, resilient, and connected world.

The +1
Global Fund

As we emerge from a period of unprecedented global adversity, there is an opportunity — a necessity — to reimagine a future that meets the needs of many, not just the few.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to ignore the weaknesses and inequities of the collective systems we’ve relied on. This is particularly true for already vulnerable and underserved communities for whom the pandemic has been catastrophic.

In our global response, we have a singular opportunity for real transformation — a once-in-a-lifetime shot to profoundly reimagine and reshape how we rebuild post pandemic.

The +1 Global Fund was launched with this opportunity in mind. It is the first fund of its kind powered by trust-based networks and peer-nominations dedicated to strengthening and supporting an ecosystem of locally-led organizations across the Global South.

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How It Works

The +1 Global Fund accelerates social change by strengthening existing networks of high impact, community-based organizations in last-mile and vulnerable communities. The Fund leverages these networks to identify, invest in, and develop the capacity and collective impact of small, locally-led organizations across new, emergent ecosystems.

We partner with globally-recognized organizations who excel at identifying, vetting, and supporting leading social enterprises, small grassroots organizations, and missing-driven for-profits. We then ask them to identify their peers – high-impact organizations working in last-mile and vulnerable communities across the globe.

By starting with and placing peer-nominations at the center of the +1 Global Fund, reciprocity and connectivity are built into the model. A further investment in peer-relationships, a community of practice, and collaboration serves to strengthen the network and increases the likelihood of long-term resilience.

 

Trusted Networks

Identify leading social entrepreneurs and innovators within their networks working with communities hardest hit by Covid-19.

Social Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Nominate up to 3 of their peers, anywhere in the world, combating the effects of Covid-19.

+1 Awardee

If selected for funding, peer organizations receive $12,000 with no applications, reports, or restrictions (and the nominator receives $2,000).

Trusted Networks

Identify leading social entrepreneurs and innovators within their networks working with communities hardest hit by Covid-19.

Social Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Nominate up to 3 of their peers, anywhere in the world, combating the effects of Covid-19.

+1 Awardee

If selected for funding, peer organizations receive $12,000 with no applications, reports, or restrictions (and the nominator receives $2,000).

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A Case for Change

As COVID-19 has continued to sweep across the world, countries, cities, and communities, have been reshaped, social and health systems restructured, and inequalities amplified.

As we begin to rebuild and address these challenges, we need new forms of action and collaboration that span the private and public sectors, including and in particular within philanthropy.

If our goal is to emerge from this crisis stronger than we entered it, we — funders and philanthropists — need to do more and to do it differently. We need to operate with greater trust and transparency; invest in local leaders and vulnerable communities; and work together to experiment and take risks.

With the +1 Global Fund we are seeking to shift philanthropic practices towards greater equity and inclusivity. In our model, nominations replace applications; partnerships supplant silos; and collaboration, trust, and efficiency are paramount. The path forward requires re-imagining the very foundations on which we work. Ensuring that we “build back stronger” will depend on it.

Partners

The +1 Global Fund is rooted in a networked approach to identifying, vetting, and funding high-performing organizations. Our partners are globally-recognized organizations whose networks of social entrepreneurs and innovators identify their peers who are combating Covid-19 in their communities.

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