Funding

What are your favorite M4D interventions? Tell us so they can get funded!

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a major retailer of technology in the USA. It is looking to grow its corporate social responsibility to focus on supporting information and communication technology programs in the developing world that use mobile phones and they want our help. They were seeking answers to two questions that I bet you have an opinion on:

Announcing funding from the Ford Foundation

We’re excited to announce major funding for Ushahidi coming from the Ford Foundation. Ford Foundation is making a $500,000 grant to Ushahidi over 2 years. The funding enables us to increase our community engagement capacity, scale the Crowdmap platform and provides operational support in 2011 and 2012.

Innovative philanthropy and the quest for unrestricted funding

“In the real world, if you were to invest in a company you thought would make you a tidy profit, you wouldn’t tell the senior management they had to make a product of your choosing, restrict the number of vehicles they purchased, or expand operations into a new country. Why should we do any differently in the social sector?

FrontlineSMS secures new funding

Today, the Omidyar Network announced a two year investment of $350,000 for future FrontlineSMS technical and organisational development, the result of several months discussion and planning. Omidyar come on board as our fifth donor, with funding already in place from the Hewlett Foundation, Open Society Institute/HIVOS, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Tech Awards 2010 - Call for Entries

Tech Awards - award in-handThe Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to address humanity’s most urgent challenges.

Pepsi Refresh Everything Project Fund

Every year mega companies spend millions of dollars getting a spot in the super bowl commercials. This year Pepsi however decided to use the money for a different purpose—funding innovative project ideas of various levels and sizes! Yes, you heard it right. They've decided to give money to YOU instead of the Super Bowl. The really cool thing is not only the ideas and projects can span a wide range of topics, but also be at different stages of development. They have grants as small as $5K for individuals looking for inspiration to get an idea off the ground, to those as big as $250K for organizations who can dedicate a lot of time and resources. More details on how to get started in this video:

New year, new funding, new release

We may only be a couple of days in, but 2010 is already promising to be another exciting year. After twelve months of steady growth (and one which saw us regularly exceed our limited technical capacity), late last month we were pleased to secure significant new funding. A $150,000 grant – our first from the Rockefeller Foundation - will allow us to increase the size of our FrontlineSMS developer team and better service the growing needs of our user, partner and developer communities. A huge thanks to Rockefeller for their support. \o/

How the Draper Richards Foundation gives

Daniel Sato is a contributing writer to the AshokaTech blog.
Each month the AshokaTech blog features potential fundraising sources for Ashoka fellows and other social entrepreneurs. Today we feature one such resource, and dig a little deeper to explain their selection process.

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