Compassionate Impact Grant

About Compassionate Impact Grant

Compassionate Impact Grant (CIG) is a $150K, three year, unrestricted grant that is awarded to a single organization with the goal of tangibly increasing the impact of an innovative nonprofit. CIG's goal is to support organizations that address critical community problems through evidence-based and culturally responsible social innovations.

CIG supports organizations with social initiatives that:

  • provide access to food and clean water
  • tackle disparities in health and well-being
  • foster employment opportunities and economic growth
  • create innovative, evidence-based, and sustainable impact
  • offer culturally-sensitive solutions to community problems
  • serve historically underrepresented and underserved communities
  • are inclusive of people across sex, gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, and ability

The CIG application is an open, competitive process.

How to Apply

The application window for the 2022 CIG Letter of Intent (LOI) is open. Complete eligibility, requirements, and instructions can be found in the Letter of Intent Requirements information sheet.

All organizations submitting a LOI are required to complete an executive summary and provide a narrative document via our online portal. The LOI window begins on November 15, 2021 and ends on December 15, 2021, 5:00pm Central Time. You cannot save your LOI mid-process. Please allow extra time and have all materials ready before beginning. Late LOIs will not be considered.

Applicants should:

  • have missions that address access to food, clean water, or shelter and disparities in health and well-being, including but not limited to climate change and disaster preparedness and response
  • be registered and primarily operate in North America
  • have an expense budget under $2M USD

FBB will give priority consideration to organizations that can establish that their approach:

  • impacts historically marginalized, underrepresented, or underserved communities
  • is organized and led by members of the target community
  • has program models that foster employment opportunities and economic growth


Current Recipient

Hole Food Recue, a member organization of FRA, participates in a service event.

Hole Food Recue, a member organization of FRA, participates in a service event.

Food Rescue Alliance (FRA) is making a powerful impact on food insecurity, poverty, inequity, social injustice, and environmental destruction in one fell swoop through innovative, effective programs reducing food waste. FRA is a network of food rescue initiatives with 32 member organizations in the U.S., Nigeria, and Canada. Their programs include:

  • Instructing communities on how to start food rescue initiatives
  • Helping organizers manage volunteers and reclamation project
  • Incubation, peer learning, and resource sharing programs
  • Open-source logistics softwares

Through its programs, FRA, has helped to complete 90,000+ food rescues. Members of FRA have redistributed over 20 million pounds of food to over 600,000 low income people annually. This impact is already huge, but the CIG will help to further increase FRA’s impact. Funds will secure staff funding; continue support for FRA’s software; and maximize network’s efficiency. It’s a game changer that will move FRA towards a tantalizing goal: to grow from an under-resourced peer learning alliance to a powerful collective with leverage over the root causes of food insecurity.

Our work with FRA also provides partnership opportunities for our Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams to increase their impact addressing food insecurity.

Past Recipients

Since 2009, FBB has awarded millions of dollars in grants through the Compassionate Impact Grant and the past Humanist Grants programs. For a list of our past Humanist Grants grantees click here.

2019: Pueblo a Pueblo: Sustainable Livelihoods: Beekeeping

Pueblo a Pueblo: Set Up For Success,” Foundation Beyond Belief Guest Blog Post, July 26, 2019

"Announcing FBB’s 3rd quarter Compassionate Impact Grant Beneficiary: Pueblo a Pueblo," Foundation Beyond Belief News Post, July 5, 2019

2018: Tandana Foundation: Bandiagara District of Mali Women's Literacy, Leadership, and Enterprise

Announcement of FBB’s Compassionate Impact Grant recipient,” Foundation Beyond Belief News Post, July 1, 2018


Man in canoe holding up a fish

2017: EcoViva: Community Mangrove Management Program

Chalom, AJ “EcoViva’s Community Management of Mangroves Receives Compassionate Impact Grant Funding”, Foundation Beyond Belief News Post, July 6, 2017


2016: Thunder Valley, CDC: Lakota Language Initiative

    • Chalom, AJ, "

Lakota Language Initiative- Start from the Beginning – Compassionate Impact Grant

    • ", Foundation Beyond Belief Blog, March 31, 2016

Simonson, Kate, "Wóihaŋble", Foundation Beyond Belief Blog, May 18, 2016

Hill, Peter, "FFB grant creates needed synergy between humanists and Lakota", Foundation Beyond Belief Blog, May 24, 2016

2015: Starfish: Extensive Teacher Training for Guatemalan Educators

    • Chalom, AJ, “

Compassionate Impact Grant - New generation educators will unlock Girl Pioneers Power

    • ” Foundation Beyond Belief Blog, May 18, 2015

Ana Teresa, “Starfish program offers life-changing opportunities”, Foundation Beyond Belief Blog, February 17, 2016

FBB, "Starfish Impact School opens" March 15, 2017

2014:  Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative:  Fair Chance for Family Success

Minutello, E., “Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Continues to make great strides” Foundation Beyond Belief Blog, May 20, 2015

Fidalgo, J., “Dudley families meet financial goals with help of Foundation Beyond Belief”, Foundation Beyond Belief Blog, February 24, 2016

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