Meet The Social Ventures Addressing Our Greatest Challenges

How It Works

Step 1: Social Ventures populate their Profile
• Social Venture Name
• Annual Revenues
• Type and Amount of Investment Capital Seeking
• Social Impact Dashboard
• Team Members and Related Competencies
• Business Plan
• Pitch Deck.

Step 2: Social Impact Investors populate their Profile: 
• Social Impact Company Investment Name
• Annual Social Impact Investment Fund
• Type of Investments Provided
• Social Impact Investment Portfolio.Social Investors are recruited to the platform based on the the following criteria: 

1. The foundation or investor has an open, publicly advertised request for proposals, with initial external peer review and a proposal format and review process that is brief, iterative, and conducive to mutual learning. The foundation is transparent with respect to its grantmaking practices, structure and composition.

2. The foundation or investor provides a minimum of three years of funding support to a not-for-profit OR allows for healthy of administrative support (20-25%) allowing for not-for-profits to build strong fiscal infrastructures.

3. The foundation or investor provides general operational support to the not-for-profit holding them accountable to agreed upon grant outcomes vs. not processes or budget line items.

4. The foundation or investor spends a “fair” proportion of its total giving on foundation administrative infrastructure. The foundation President/Executive Director/CEO earns a “fair” equivalent/percentage to their total giving. The purpose of these criteria is to encourage foundations to be conscious of their spending practice ratios of internal infrastructure vs. external grants.

5. The foundation or investor fosters risk taking, learning and innovation in the non-profit sector by providing support to seed and test new initiatives.

6. The foundation or investor does not require stand-alone charitable status or multi-year financials, embracing other nonprofit structures, such as fiscal sponsorship, joint ventures, and public-private partnerships.

7. The foundation or investor exercises current best practices in accessibility and applies direct effort to reaching traditionally marginalized communities.

8. The foundation or investor does not require standards of charitable compliance for applicants greater than those required by local charitable regulators and taxing authorities.

9. The foundation or investor reflects it’s giving mission through its organizational behavior reflected in board and staff ethnicity and gender diversity.

10. The foundation or investor has an intentional and structured feedback loop system with its grantees/investees. 

 

 

Step 3: Social Ventures are scored and ranked on the Impact First Market Platform based upon impact and financial data/performance. Social Ventures use the following Scorecard/Criteria: 

1-3 Points 4-6 Points 7-9 Points 10 Points
Demonstrated Social Impact        
  The Venture has clearly defined defined my social outcomes, indicators (i.e. indicators that the outcome will eventually be achieved), or outputs in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, track these outcomes, indicators, or outputs on an annual basis, publicly report these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to my ventures' program or service The Venture has clearly defined social outcomes, indicators (i.e. indicators that the outcome will eventually be achieved), or outputs in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, track these outcomes, indicators, or outputs on a monthly/quarterly basis, publicly report these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to my ventures' program or service The Venture has clearly defined social outcomes or indicators (i.e. indicators that the outcome will eventually be achieved) in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, track these outcomes or indicators on a monthly/quarterly basis, publicly report these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to my ventures' program or service The Venture has clearly defined social outcomes in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, tracks these outcomes on a monthly/quarterly basis, publicly reports these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to the ventures' program or service
The Correct Composition of Leadership, Teams, and Partnerships        
  The Venture has clearly identified the leadership and team members needed for the venture. The Venture has clearly identified a stage of development (start-up; growth; scale) and defined the skill sets and competencies needed to successfully achieve the related milestones. The Venture has clearly identified the leadership and team members needed for the venture. The Venture has clearly identified a stage of development (start-up; growth; scale) and defined the skill sets and competencies needed to successfully achieve the related milestones. The Venture has clearly identified the team members, consultants, and advisors corresponding to these required skills and competencies. The Venture has clearly identified a stage of development (start-up; growth; scale) and defined the skill sets and competencies needed to successfully achieve the related milestones. The Venture has clearly identified the team members, consultants, advisors, and/or organizational partnerships corresponding to these required skills and competencies.
Financial Sustainability and Financial Returns        
  The Venture has a clearly defined income revenue stream and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years. The Venture has a clearly defined income revenue stream and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years. The Venture has a clearly defined reoccuring earned income revenue stream and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years and financial projections are based upon actual past sales. The Venture has a clearly defined reoccuring earned income revenue stream that is based upon the direct decision of the end consumer be it an individual and/or institution and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years and financial projections are based upon actual past sales.
Scaling and/or Policy Systems Change        
  The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy or a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy. The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy and a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy. The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy and a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy. The venture has a clearly articulated strategy to defend against systems or policies preventing the venture's success. The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy and a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy and a policy/systems change plan of attack to proactively address system or policy needed changes or defend against systems or policies preventing the venture's success.
Responsible Organizational Behavior Including Board Diverity, Fair and Gender Based Wages; and Environmental Impact        
  The Venture has plans to have a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity, adopt fair and gender based wage policies, and track it's environmental impact on the world The Venture has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity. The Venture has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity and has fair and gender based wage policies. The Venture has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity, has fair and gender based wage policies, and tracks it's environmental impact on the world
Addressing a Root Cause        
  The Venture's model is designed to capacitate individuals with the tools (degree, financial independence) to overcome system and policy limitations The Venture's model capacitates individuals with the tools (degree, financial independence) to overcome system and policy limitations The Venture's model is designed to address contributing factors that can be correlated to a social issue. The Venture's model can demonstrate impact on addressing the root cause of a social issue.

 

Step 4: Regional Networking Events are held allowing social ventures to meet with Impact Investors.