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Building a better future  

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

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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 dedicated to identifying under-the-radar social entrepreneurs and innovators working in vulnerable and last-mile communities.

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How It Works

The +1 Global Fund is driven by peer nominations within trusted networks.

We partner with globally-recognized organizations who excel at identifying, vetting, and supporting leading social entrepreneurs. We then ask these social entrepreneurs to identify their peers — high-impact organizations working in last-mile and vulnerable communities across the globe.

In each 12-week round, nominees are vetted by a team of researchers who gather information in lieu of time-consuming applications, and awardees are selected based on their innovative solutions, connections to the community, and potential for impact.

Awardees receive $15,000, and the individual who nominated them receives $2,500 (shifting the scarcity mindset around funding). There are 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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A Case for Change

As COVID-19 swept 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.

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.

CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

We fund bold, ambitious, and expansive gender justice movements to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes.

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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.