Fighting a Global Crisis  

A new model for a new era: combating the devastating impact of Covid-19 through innovation, trust, and collaboration.

  • No Application
  • No Restrictions
  • No Reporting
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The +1
Global Fund

In a period of global and unprecedented adversity, there is an opportunity — a necessity — to reimagine how we support those in need.

As Covid-19 upends lives, destroys economies, and causes unquantifiable suffering, “business as usual” is no longer an option.

This is particularly true for marginalized and underserved communities for whom the pandemic has been and will continue to be catastrophic.

To meet these extraordinary circumstances, The Roddenberry Foundation is launching the +1 Global Fund: the first fund of its kind with no applications, no restrictions, and no reports, powered by a network of social entrepreneurs and innovators working on the frontlines of Covid-19.

The unprecedented nature of this crisis must be matched by a similarly exceptional and innovative response. Join us!

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How It Works

How do we run a global fund with no applications, no deadlines, and no restrictions?

The answer is networks. Specifically, networks of high-impact innovators and social entrepreneurs. Networks that have been built by our partners through extensive sourcing, rigorous due diligence, and ongoing evaluation (oftentimes over decades).

By activating these trusted networks, we access insights, opinions, and expertise of the world’s most impactful innovators and social entrepreneurs. After all, who knows and understands the needs of their communities better than those who are directly addressing those needs?

We ask leading social entrepreneurs and innovators from within partner networks to nominate peers who are effectively combating the impacts of Covid-19. If their nominee is selected for funding they receive $2,500 and their nominee receives $15,000. No applications, no deadlines, and no restrictions.

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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 $15,000 with no applications, reports, or restrictions (and the nominator receives $2,500).

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 $15,000 with no applications, reports, or restrictions (and the nominator receives $2,500).

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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.

A global nonprofit changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in sustainable businesses, leaders, and ideas.

The mission of The Resolution Project is to develop socially responsible young leaders and empower them to make a positive impact today.

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker.

The Obama Foundation Fellowship supports outstanding civic innovators—leaders who are working with their communities to create transformational change and addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID’s open innovation program that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge.

Become a Partner

Questions & Answers

FOR NOMINATORS

Can I nominate myself?

No, you may not nominate yourself.

Do I have to nominate an organization within a funders circle or network?

No, you do not need to nominate an organization within any specific network, though you certainly may do so if you want to.

If the organization I nominate receives funding, do I get anything?

Yes, you receive $2.5k, recognition on social media, and the opportunity to nominate again and potentially receive another $2.5k grant.

Are the grants unrestricted?

Yes, all funds disbursed through this program are unrestricted.

Can I nominate more than one organization each round?

You may nominate up to three (3) organizations per round.

What if two nominators unknowingly nominate the same nominee?

If that nominee is selected for funding, the two nominators will each receive $1,250 or ½ of the $2.5k.

FOR NOMINEES

How much will I be awarded if I’m selected for funding?

Nominees who are selected for funding receive an unrestricted grant of $15k.

Are the grants unrestricted?

Yes, all funds disbursed through this program are unrestricted.

If I did not receive funding this round, am I eligible to receive funding in future rounds?

Yes, you are eligible for all future rounds.

Is there an application?

No, there is no application. You may provide a short video and up to 3 documents for us to better understand your work; this is optional.