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Early-Stage Social Change Projects 
Making a Big Impact

Our global portfolio boasts nearly 1200 social change start-ups. Who are the best of the best? Where will your money go the furthest?
Here are some of our top picks this fall.


Thell Robinson, A Thug is a Dud, Columbus, OH
A successful community-based anti-gang program run and operated by former felons and gang members.  Human Rights, Social Justice

Jenny Lowrey, From the Ground Up Farms, Chico, CA
Jenny's all-volunteer team facilitated and planted ten thriving (and free) community gardens in local residential facilities serving vulnerable populations, helping to both feed and heal the communities they serve.  Food Security, Environment, Community Health

Ayla Schlosser, Resonate, Rwanda
A leadership program for Rwandan women, aiming to uplift the voices, decision-making capacity and political leadership of women in a country on the rebound from years of genocide. Women & Leadership, Africa

Michelle Carrera, Chilis on Wheels, New York, NY
A mobile vegan soup kitchen that feeds 800 people a week and is ready to expand their efforts beyond NYC. Human Rights, Homelessness, Animal Rights

Corinne Hindes and Katrine Kirsebom, Warm Winters, Walnut Creek, CA
A growing youth movement led by teenagers, that helps connect unclaimed warm clothing, socks and personal care items with homeless people all over the US.  Homelessness, Youth Service

Anne Pollack, Crossing Point Arts, New York, NY
A professional, trauma-informed, comprehensive art program for clients of anti-trafficking agencies and drop-in centers in New York. In 2015, they worked with 650 survivors of human trafficking and they are now being asked to expand their reach. Human Trafficking, Arts, Trauma Healing

Aneri Patel, EnVenture, Uganda & India
A low interest, micro-finance enterprise working with Community Based Organizations in Uganda and India to support clean energy and water technologies at the community level. Micro FInance, Environment, Africa

Michelle Carrera, Chilis on Wheels, NYC
Ayla Schlosser, Resonate, Rwanda
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