130 Ways to Fund Your Social Venture

Written by on January 19, 2011 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Funding - 65 Comments

As a blogger focusing on social entrepreneurship and technology, I run across a plethora of resources for funding — one thing that most social ventures can’t get enough of. After some contemplation, I decided if I could get all, or at least most, of these websites, organizations and other funding avenues listed in one place, it would be an invaluable resource, capable of helping thousands of socially focused organizations. Below, I have tried to capture some of the best opportunities for big-thinking changemakers to put capital behind their world-shaking ideas.

(NOTE: Links go directly to funding information)

[Updated: Due to the strong interest we’ve added more sources for funding. The list is now at 136.]

FELLOWSHIPS

STUDENT FOCUSED

GRANTS

CROWDFUNDING/ONLINE PLATFORMS

ANGELS/VENTURE CAPITAL (investments, business support and more)

NETWORKING/CONFERENCES

DO-GOOD BANKS/LOAN PROVIDERS

LOOK LOCAL

It’s inevitable that I wasn’t able to find every funding avenue out there, so comment your ideas below. Honorable mentions go to Cause Capitalism, Green VC, Shana Dressler and Rachael Chong for their fantastic venture funding lists.



Tristan Pollock

Co-founder of SocialEarth and Storefront. AngelPad alum. Ex-BestBuy.com.

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