Brighter Planet's blog
At a dinner in NYC last night, I learned that we won the 2010 Financial Times & Justmeans Social Innovation Award for most strategic philanthropy program!
The Project Fund, our community-powered monthly grant program for grassroots climate projects, has gone viral. The idea is simple: anybody can submit a grant proposal, and anybody can vote to decide which project will win the grant. Our goal in launching it six months ago was to help communities that lack access to seed money turn their good ideas into real-world solutions to climate change.
As I told the audience at the Hudson Theatre when I accepted the award, the recognition by the Financial Times, Justmeans, and the distinguished panel of judges is a tribute to the 150,000 Brighter Planet customers who endow the Project Fund, to the 100 projects submitted over the past six months, and to the tens of thousands of voters across the nation. And, of course, to our Project Fund grantees which range from post-coal sustainability projects in Appalachia, to youth activism in Copenhagen, to tree planting in Wisconsin.
It’s so satisfying to be able to jump-start deserving projects like these. So now we’re providing this crowd-sourced philanthropy technology to other businesses, campaigns, foundations, and non-profits. Our social giving platform, wowcrowd (in private beta but live soon!), lets organizations engage their members to propose, discuss, and vote on ideas to receive project funding.
Thank you to the Financial Times, Justmeans, and the panel of judges for your recognition.