Request For Proposal

Deadline: December 18, 2009

Social Impact Business Plan Competition Invites Entries From Nonprofit Organizations

The Social Impact Business Plan Competition identifies social sector scaling initiatives with demonstrated impact and readiness to grow, and supports them with up to $100,000 in financial and consulting support. The competition is a program of the Social Impact Exchange, a recently launched cross-sector initiative designed to support the growth of high-impact social programs.

United States-based nonprofit organizations with a focus in education, youth development, health, poverty alleviation, or community economic development are eligible to enter.

The competition has two tracks. The early-stage growth track is for organizations that have a strategy for scaling their social impact but are in the early stage of growth. The mezzanine-stage growth track is for organizations that have (a) a significant level of successful product/service adoption and demand from the target population, (b) demonstrated positive outcomes, and (c) defined strategies for scaling their social impact.

Competition entrants have access to a Web site of resources, take part in group training and one-on-one consulting, and receive customized written feedback on their plans. Judging is conducted by qualified volunteers from multiple sectors.

The business plan competition takes place from October 2009 through June 2010 and includes three rounds of evaluation. There is no fee to enter.

Visit the competition Web site for complete program information.

Link to Complete RFP


Your global health idea could be worth $1000 USD!

Answer the following question to be eligible for $1,000 and publication in the CSIS Commission report:

What is the most important thing the U.S. can do to improve global health over the next 15 years?

The CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health is publishing a report in January 2010 that charts the future for U.S. global health policy. We’re seeking fresh, new ideas that can produce big gains in global health.

You don’t have to be a tenured professor or a world-renowned expert. You just need to explain, passionately and convincingly, what you think is the smartest way to improve global health.

For more information or to submit your essay, please visit: