What we do
We are looking for projects which:
Promote an innovative and new approach to addressing problems
Have the promise of achieving sustainable, measurable and quantifiable impacts
Have the potential to scale up or be successfully replicated in other settings
Demonstrate financial viability and sustainability
Have strong, qualified, focused and driven leaders
Our mission-aligned grants range from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 (USD or CDN) and are designed as foundational support for energetic, ambitious, inspired, mindful and creative change makers and leaders across the globe.
We focus on individuals or small organizations at an early stage (less than $150,000.00 USD in annual revenues) who are willing to make a real and impactful difference in their communities with pioneering ideas and original thinking.
We award our grants based on 1 - the project’s ability to create better opportunities and outcomes for the future, 2 - the capacity for sustainable and measurable impact, and 3 - the abilities and expertise of the project leader.
The projects or organizations must be non-profit and non-governmental.
We accept applications for funding year-round; however, requests must align with our mission and fit within our priority areas (see Funding Priorities).
In the longer term, we will consider additional and recurrent funding for an organization/project if we continue to see a real impact and clear progress toward a stated objective.
We look for each grant to help build a successful engine of social change
with impactful results measured by outcomes.
What we do not support:
Projects attempting to influence a political campaign or political candidate
Projects promoting religious beliefs
Projects which use or exploit animals in any form (including the use of animal by-products, i.e. wool, leather…)
Projects where the primary beneficiary of the funds is an individual (whether he or she is the grantee)
Established organizations or a specific project within an organization which is already widely funded – we want to ensure that the grant has a significant impact on the project
Organizations that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability or sexual orientation
Building and capital campaigns
Existing and recurrent operating expenses (such as general office related expenses)
Tuition support for students in universities or any post-secondary institution