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.
- 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
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.
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.
"Beneficiary Spotlight: Common Ground Community Center," Foundation Beyond Belief Guest Blog Post, August 9, 2020
"Announcing FBB’s 3rd quarter Compassionate Impact Grant Beneficiary: Common Ground Community Center," Foundation Beyond Belief News Post, July 1, 2020
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
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
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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
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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
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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