Social Impact Infrastructure is Indispensable - It Is Time to Champion Highly Effective Cross-Cutting Solutions

Founded by Peter Brach and driven by his own positive experiences as an infrastructure funder, Propel Philanthropy asks more donors to join forces to build the social impact commons we all need. Social Impact Infrastructure Organizations (SIIOs) are the indispensable backbone for the philanthropic, social investment, nonprofit, and civil society sectors. They are the resource builders, conveners, networks, platforms, trainers, educators, researchers, media outlets and advocates needed to build the future we all want to see.

 

 

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Welcome to Our Vision for Change

Many funders are committed to advancing important, deserving causes. But unless we also build a fully-functioning, well-resourced social impact ecosystem, our efforts are at risk of being compromised. Given the unprecedented challenges the world is facing  — from systemic inequities to climate change to threats to our democracy — we must work together to propel philanthropy, social investment and civil society from half-throttle to full speed ahead. We must create regenerative resources such as increased generosity, volunteerism, and socially impactful technologies, innovations and networks. We must address the polycrisis that affects all of us!

Our Mission
We draw attention and support to the exceptional social impact that funders and organizations achieve by championing broad, cross-cutting solutions.

Our Vision
A highly efficient and effective social sector able to fast-track progress on many fronts due to extensive investments in ensuring all change-makers have the resources needed to succeed.

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Help Social Impact Infrastructure Organizations Move Full Speed Ahead

Modest Grants Can Drive Big Results

Big goals can often be achieved with small steps. Real change can be brought about by capacity-building grants and there are times where adding just one team member – perhaps even a volunteer coordinator – can dramatically shift the course of an entire organization. Funders can ease into this way of funding, and reduce risk, by conducting modest pilot tests, pooling funds, presenting or meeting challenge grants, or teaming up with experienced grantmakers. Consider providing a modest last-mile grant to bring years of hard work and extensive funding efforts to fruition. It is an extremely satisfying and effective way to support vital infrastructure, and we need more of it.

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Now Is the Time to Invest in Highly Effective Cross-Cutting Solutions

We have more social innovations than we can implement. However, we don’t have enough forward-thinking champions establishing highly organized systems to identify and scale the most promising ideas. We have many social impact investment funds but not many funders working to draw more assets into them. While others focus on specific issues we need big-picture thinkers driving more wealth into the social sector. With so many retiring, a few wealthy funders could achieve an immense amount of good by better capturing this invaluable human asset to address the many challenges and threats we face. Today we need more champions committed to advancing not just one, but all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Reflect on the impact the funders behind GivingTuesday achieved. This organization helped raise billions of dollars annually with entrepreneurial leadership and grassroots movements in nearly 100 countries. Consider how the champions behind Foundation Center (now Candid) provided vital resources to countless nonprofits seeking grants since 1956. Imagine what the world would look like today without organizations such as TechSoup which serves hundreds of thousands of organizations across 236 countries. There are likely thousands of champions and organizations providing indispensable cross-cutting support to an inestimable number of changemakers globally.  

Outstanding Social Impact Infrastructure Organizations

We’ve curated a number of outstanding organizations achieving far-reaching accelerated results, in some cases globally, in social change. Examples include: Charitable, Development andHuman Capital Accelerators; Donor-Serving Organizations; Field-building Organizations; Social Investment Accelerators; Media Platforms in Philanthropy; and more.

Some of Our Members

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