StartSomeGood is a team comprised of four UCLA Bruins and an Aussie. The Bruins met while camping out for UCLA basketball games, and the co-founders met while working at Ashoka. All are connected by their passion for social entrepreneurship, and their dream of empowering people, anywhere and everywhere, to “do good” in the world.  Thus, they created which connects social entrepreneurs with the financial and intellectual capital they need to transform an idea for improving the world into a reality, turning ideas into action and impact.

There are no shortages of problems in the world, and no shortage of people with ideas to address them, yet often people with brilliant ideas lack the resources that they need to get started.  Therefore, StartSomeGood provides social entrepreneurs with a platform to raise start-up funds and build a community of supporters — all in a fun, engaging and community-driven way.

Their site taps into the power of the crowd (aka, the “crowdfunding” model), allowing social entrepreneurs to ask for small amounts of money from supporters from around the world, in addition to providing social entrepreneurs with the tools to update their supporters, provide unique rewards in exchange for support, and run multiple campaigns over time.  Since there are several other valuable crowdfunding sites, they even encourage you to compare with other crowdfunding sites and see if StartSomeGood is the best option for you and your business: was created specifically to make it easier for people to conceive, share and raise funds for innovative approaches to community problems and opportunities.  I recommend you visit their site today and check out some of the current campaigns: from SpeechForGood (a mobile app that connects people with their speech therapy while giving 20% back to clinics in the developing world) to urban agriculture projects in LA to community fitness programs which are addressing child obesity.

You can contact them directly at



2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

* awards
* solutions
* competition
* innovation

Call for Entries Deadline: October 4, 2010.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the Call for Entries to the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual $100,000 prize program to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

In a statement about the Challenge, The Buckminster Fuller Institute explains the background of the prize program:

Short term reductionist thinking which dominates all industrialized societies is a fundamental cause of the massive social, economic and environmental deterioration our world is confronted with today. It is now painfully obvious to many that most attempts by civil, corporate, scientific, academic and government sectors to deal with these breakdowns, despite good intentions and significant investment, often exhibit little more than a reflexive default to the same reductionist approach that created the problems in the first place. Little if any attention is ever directed toward optimizing whole systems. Instead the focus remains riveted only on improving various parts in isolation. Not surprisingly, when it comes to solving complex problems, actions are typically fragmented, disjointed and piecemeal. The net result: on a global scale the level of deterioration is rapidly increasing and imbalances have already reached crisis proportions.

During the past half century pioneers like Buckminster Fuller and other visionaries responded to the failure of reductionism by developing new approaches to meeting human needs, concurrent with preserving the vital diversity of cultures and ecosystems that form the fabric of life on Earth. Their holistic approach has influenced thousands of individuals in numerous fields who continue to break new ground in how to think, plan and design.

This evolving and growing body of work contains the seeds, models and strategies for the fundamental shift in direction so urgently needed today. The work spans a range of development stages— from the conceptual phase, to prototype ready, to well proven models poised to scale up. However, most of these new approaches, even the most advanced, remain under funded, under recognized and have yet to significantly penetrate mainstream education, economic activity, media, philanthropy and public policy.

“We’re looking for solutions that address multiple problems without creating new ones down the road— integrated strategies dealing with key social, economic, environmental, policy and cultural issues. Our entry criteria is deeply inspired by what Fuller termed comprehensive anticipatory design science— an approach we feel holds an important key to the design of strategies aimed at having a transformative effect on the system as a whole. We are very grateful for the recognition the prize recipients have received to date and hope this will lead to the greater understanding and wide-spread application of the whole systems, design science approach we are championing.” said Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing all humanity— he issued an urgent call for a design science revolution to make the world work for all.


Please help us get the word out. Share this notice with your network, Thank you.

Important Links
– The deadline for entries is 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) on MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010.
– For the call for entries, instructions for how to enter, reference materials, and much more, visit

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge originated in 2007 and awards $100,000 annually. Support for the program has been provided by the Atwater Kent Foundation, The Civil Society Institute, The James Dyson Foundation, The Highfield Foundation; The Jewish Communal Fund, and the members of The Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in New York, The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. BFI’s programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. BFI encourages participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview. By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, BFI’s work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. For further information visit

A program of Civic Ventures, the Purpose Prize annually provides five awards of $100,000 to people over the age of 60 who are working to address society’s biggest challenges.

To be eligible for the prize, a nominee must be at least 60 years old by the deadline of March 10, 2011,and be a legal resident of the United States (including U.S. territories). Nominees should have initiated important innovations, in a new or ongoing organization, in an encore career. “Encore careers” are those that combine personal meaning and social impact with continued work in the second half of life. Nominees must currently be working in a leadership capacity in an organization or institution (public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit) to address a major social problem in the United States or abroad. Nominees should have demonstrated recent creativity and leadership, with the promise of more to come.

Elected officials are not eligible for the prize. Individuals working in faith-based service organizations that have a broader social mission are eligible and encouraged to apply, but the purpose of their project cannot be strictly religious or sectarian.

Nominations are welcome from any organization or individual with knowledge of a potential candidate. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Visit the Purpose Prize Web site for complete program guidelines.

M·A·C AIDS Fund Accepting Grant Applications for Housing Services and Programs

The M·A·C AIDS Fund U.S. Community Grants Program supports organizations working to address the link between poverty and AIDS through grants for programs that are providing food and nutrition and housing services to people living with HIV and AIDS.

There are two application deadlines per year for the U.S. Community Grants program — one for food/nutrition applications and one for housing applications. (The 2010 deadline has passed.) Organizations may only apply for one of the two programs each year.

Priority will be given to direct-service programs. For the housing program, priority will be given to established AIDS housing services providers and programs providing direct housing services to clients.

Applicant organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.

The maximum grant amount that may be requested is $50,000.

Visit the M·A·C AIDS Fund Web site for complete program information and an eligibility quiz.

For application details:

Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Grant Applications

The WHO (Women Helping Others) Foundation supports community-focused charities that serve the overlooked needs of women, children, and families in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Funding will be considered for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charities that have been incorporated for at least three years and have total organizational budgets of $3 million or less. Preference will be given to organizations with an operating budget of $3 million or less, those not dependent upon government grants, and those with greater organizational program costs than personnel costs. Organizations that have previously received a WHO Foundation grant should wait three years before applying again.

Grants are not provided to individuals, educational institutions, religious institutions, or governmental agencies, or for endowment campaigns, political causes, or capital campaigns. Funding will be considered for grant requests from $1,000 to $40,000 each.

Complete funding guidelines and eligibility restrictions are available at the WHO Foundation Web site:

2009 America’s Giving Challenge

October 7, 2009

The Case Foundation, Causes and PARADE are joining together to present the 2009 America’s Giving Challenge, a national competition launching on October 7.

The Challenge, which will be featured in an October 11th cover story in Parade and will utilize the Causes application on Facebook, will enable passionate individuals and nonprofits to compete for awards of up to $50,000, based on the number of donations they garner for their favorite cause.

The first America’s Giving Challenge brought together tens of thousands of people and motivated them to give to the causes they care about. We hope this year’s Challenge will not only help nonprofits leverage their existing efforts to raise awareness, support and donations, but will be a catalyst to help nonprofits think about how to use online social networking and social media in a more strategic way to engage supporters for their causes.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll share more details about how this year’s Challenge will work. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out our Gear Up for Giving training sessions aimed at helping nonprofits better navigate the world of social media. It is our hope that nonprofits participating in these sessions will put their new skills in action by participating in America’s Giving Challenge. In addition, you can help us spread the word about the upcoming launch by blogging, tweeting (using #AGC), posting on Facebook, or sharing with your network in some other way. We look forward to having you join us for the 2009 America’s Giving Challenge!

New RFPs


Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Invites Proposals for Academic Research Grant Program
Grants of $20,000 will be awarded to legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals working on research with the potential to improve quality of life for the elderly….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: September 30, 2009

Nominations Open for the 2010 Purpose Prize Honoring Older Social Innovators
Five awards of $100,000 each will be given to people over the age of 60 working in a leadership capacity to address societal challenges in the United States or abroad….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: March 5, 2010

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Arts and Culture

California Council for the Humanities Invites Entries for California Documentary Project
Grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded to individuals working to produce film and radio projects that enhance understanding of California cultures, peoples, and histories….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: October 1, 2009

Stage Director and Choreographers Foundation Invites Applications for Observership Program
Twenty-five early career directors and choreographers will gain the opportunity to observe professionals in the field as they create new productions in New York City and at regional theaters….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: August 17, 2009

Guidelines Announced for American Heritage Preservation Grants
The program funds the preservation of endangered and fragile artistic, literary, scientific, and historical works and provides grants of up to $3,000 to libraries, museums, and archival collections for conservation projects….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: September 15, 2009

National Museum of the American Indian Offers the Visiting Indigenous Professional Program
The program will provide hands-on training in various disciplines at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., to individuals working in Native museums and cultural centers….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: September 15 and March 15, annually

Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Grant Funds Available for Arts in Healthcare Programs
A total of $60,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and government agencies that are members of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and whose arts in healthcare programs show evidence of initial impact….

Posted on July 25, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009 (Letter of Inquiry)

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Bikes Belong Offers Funding for Bicycle Advocacy and Facilities Programs
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations and government agencies across the United States working to improve bike paths and facilities or whose primary mission is bicycle advocacy….

Posted on July 27, 2009
Deadline: Quarterly

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Civil and Human Rights

Partnership for Equity of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Issues Request for Proposals
Grants totaling $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working in the field of social justice and racial equity in the District of Columbia and nearby counties of Maryland and Virginia….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: September 9, 2009

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Community Improvement/Development

Entries Sought for 14th Annual MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing
Grants of $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and tribes/tribally-designated entities working to increase affordable independent housing for seniors and environmentally responsive housing in their communities….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: August 14, 2009

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Proposals Sought for National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to increase wildlife refuge co-stewardship, especially if their programs reach new audiences or provide wildlife-dependent recreational activities….

Posted on July 31, 2009
Deadline: September 4, 2009

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Invites School Nurses to Apply for Healthy Habits for Life Grant Program
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to school nurses working to create programs that help kids reduce their risk of heart problems, increase their physical activity, and learn healthy eating habits….

Posted on July 31, 2009
Deadline: September 18, 2009

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Human Services

Weinberg Foundation Announces Program Revisions to Maryland Small Grants Program
The program will continue to accept applications for the remainder of 2009 and for 2010, and will focus on Maryland nonprofits that address basic needs such as food security and workforce development; grants will provide up to $100,000 over two years….

Posted on July 28, 2009
Deadline: Open

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International Affairs/Development

Social Equity Venture Fund Announces Second Annual Open Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals
Two grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for research in economics, government policy, or business strategy that bears directly on the potential of enterprise-based solutions to poverty….

Posted on July 31, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009 (Initial Proposals)

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Nominations Open for Inaugural Award Recognizing Scientific Entrepreneurs
An award of $10,000 will be given to a scientific researcher who has successfully commercialized his or her discoveries through entrepreneurship; an award of $25,000 will be given to a promising postdoctoral entrepreneur….

Posted on July 26, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

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