The +1 Global Fund uses a network-driven model, in partnership with globally recognized organizations, to discover high-impact changemakers working with vulnerable and last-mile communities. Created by the Roddenberry Foundation, +1 serves locally-led organizations in the Global South.
There are multiple +1 “Cycles”—such as for WASH, Food Security, and Health in Africa—each dedicated to a specific issue and region and supported by multiple funders. Each +1 Cycle taps existing networks to identify organizations through a cascading series of connections and nominations.
<aside> 💡 The name “+1” comes from the pay-it-forward ethos of the program. Changemakers and experts nominate up to 3 organizations for support. And those selected for support are then invited to nominate their peers & partners for support.
In developing a funding model powered by trust-based networks and peer-nominations, we are striving to nudge ourselves and others within the philanthropic sector to:
Most large-scale societal problems are held in place by a complex status quo that is resistant to change. Breaking through that status quo often takes a suite of innovations and an ensemble of changemakers—social entrepreneurs & innovators, activists, community leaders, government agencies, businesses, funders, and others—targeting different parts of the system in parallel. Yet, despite their best intentions, many are too often unable to find and support each other, exchange knowledge and resources, or collaborate towards catalyzing change.