Mulago Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Mulago Foundation's funding areas include agriculture, energy, health and primary education to help the rural poor throughout the world. The foundation mainly funds early-stage organizations taking proven solutions to scale and supports both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. In Mulago's words, it "[o]perates like a philanthropic venture fund."

IP TAKE: The foundation is pretty clear that it doesn't accept proposals. Instead, it "[s]ource[s] through our own network and ask our own questions." So the key here is getting noticed.

PROFILE: The Mulago Foundation was established by Henry Arnhold to honor his late brother Rainer, who practiced medicine in San Francisco while also working abroad in impoverished regions. Mulago operates in San Francisco with a small, but dedicated staff. The foundation seeks to "[t]ackle the basic needs of the very poor." Because of its emphasis on impact, Mulago has minimal paperwork requirements and provides "[u]nrestricted money to organizations that have a scalable solution and a demonstrable ability to deliver." Mulago current grantmaking programs include Livelihoods, Healthcare, Conservation, Energy,  Education and Amplifiers

Mulago also runs a Fellows program, which supports social entrepreneurs. Due to the limited size of its staff, Mulago does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. 


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