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Bertha Foundation
Country: South Africa

The Bertha Foundation supports activists, storytellers and lawyers that are working to bring about social and economic justice, and human rights for all.

Bertha envisions a society in which activists build collective power, stories come from many different voices and law is used as a tool for justice.

While powerful on their own, Bertha has learned that – if given the resources to connect and collaborate – their combined power is much greater than the sum of its parts. Bertha creates and responds to opportunities for the network to work together and exchange strategies to amplify.

City: Berlin
Country: Germany

The BMW Foundation aims to facilitate global dialogue and to drive social innovation. They bring together people from across cultures, countries and communities around selected key areas. The key areas they concentrate on are Europe and its role in the world, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, pro bono, and venture philanthropy. They provide financial support to selected social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations that are part of our own programs.

City: Cairo
Country: Egypt

Educate-Me is a registered Egyptian non-profit foundation (registration number 8418) that was founded in 2010 and aspires to redefine education in Egypt.

Through a grass-roots community-based and community-driven model, Educate-Me serves underprivileged communities with a vision of giving every child the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enables him/her to have the freedom and opportunity to aspire to their dreams.

Their mission is to improve the state of well-being of financially underprivileged children in Egypt through developing and delivering a self-directed learning program that empowers them to pursue their dreams.

ICRD Group Foundation
City: Johannesburg
Country: South Africa

ICRD Group Foundation is an independent think and do tank committed to enabling better development outcomes in southern Africa through collaboration and innovation. They are a collaborative social innovation platform that brings together individuals and organisations from diverse sectors, disciplines and generations to work together on developing innovative solutions to pressing social, ecological and economic issues.

City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa

Impumelelo is aiming to mainstream social innovation throughout South Africa.  It is a South African non-profit established in 1999 to identify, reward and promote socially innovative projects that improve quality of life for the poor. Since then, it has awarded more than 300 innovative projects.

Each year, the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre is awarding civil society organisations, social innovators and entrepreneurs in the public and private sector that improve the quality of the life of the poor in exceptional ways.

Address: c/o University of Stellenbosch Business School, Carl Cronje Drive
Cape Town, South Africa
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
City: Geneva
Country: Switzerland

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is an independent not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1998, with the purpose to advance social entrepreneurship and to foster social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is under the legal supervision of the Swiss Federal Government and is headquartered in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland.

The main activities include:

Identifying and highlighting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs: Annually, the Foundation select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs from a pool of applicants through a global “ Social Entrepreneur of the Year” competition. The  profiles of the selected social entrepreneurs can be searched and viewed online.

Community building: Currently, over 260 social entrepreneurs form part of the Schwab Foundation community. They come from around the world and work in a wide range of sectors, but they have many challenges and characteristics in common. The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurs and supports the replication of their methodologies among each other.

Connecting social entrepreneurs: The Foundation supports the participation and active involvement of its selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum. These meetings offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders.

Generating solutions in partnership: Social entrepreneurs participate in  Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the  Forum’s Global Agenda Councils. The Foundation works with selected companies to advance specific activities of social entrepreneurs or initiatives that support social entrepreneurship (partners).

The next generation of social entrepreneurs: The Foundation works with the  Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs with a significant impact under the age of 40.

Additional services: The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the selected social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs for incorporation in undergraduate and graduate level courses


The Foundation does not give grants or invest financially in the organizations of its selected social entrepreneurs.


Address: 91-93 route de la Capite
Geneva, Switzerland
The Roll-a-Hippo Foundation
City: Vancouver
Country: Canada

A simple tool. A massive need.

For many, clean water comes with the twist of a tap. But in rural underdeveloped countries, access to water requires hours of walking, waiting in line and heavy lifting. On average, a woman spends six hours a day collecting and transporting water to supply her family’s daily needs. The time spent on this basic necessity keeps many children out of school and prevents women from engaging in more empowering activities and income-generating opportunities.

But there is a simple solution: The simple design of the hippo water roller allows the transport of water more easily and efficiently by placing the water inside its “wheel.” A full hippo roller holds 200 lbs of water – five times the amount possible using traditional methods. But because the weight is borne on the ground, it has an effective weight of just 22 pounds allowing even children to easily manage a full roller over most types of terrain.

This simple tool will change the lives of millions of women and children in rural communities. A single hippo roller carries enough water to meet the basic needs of five people per day. Fewer trips to collect water means women and children can spend their time on productive educational and economic opportunities. It gives them access to better hygiene and living conditions, and it’s now possible for families and schools to collect enough water to grow their own vegetables gardens.

Address: 521 Reid Road,
Box 235
Gibsons, BC Canada V0N 1V0
The Shuttleworth Foundation
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa

The Shuttleworth Foundation, started in 2001, is a small social investor that provides funding to dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of social change. We look for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and could benefit from a social investment model with a difference.

The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement.

The Foundation funds people from all over the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or experience. We are looking for a complete picture of you and your idea.

Address: PO Box 4615,
7551, South Africa
The Social Innovation Foundation (TSIF)
City: Groningen
Country: The Netherlands

Dutch based organization that promotes, diffuses, supports and initiates activities within the social innovative realm. They focus on systemic change and alternative solutions instead of incremental adaptations within the system. The overall organisational mind-set preferably is on ‘sharing knowledge’ and dialogue, which will help stimulating new ideas and generating creative solutions. They stimulate what is needed to advance social innovation and sustainability in a meaningful and broad regional, national and international context.