Sponsors

SOCAP Sponsors

 

SOCAP would not be possible without the financial and in-kind support provided by these members of the impact ecosystem. Over the years, SOCAP has seen several sponsors return to support the annual conference while growing its sponsorship base with additional impact-minded organizations. One of our internal indicators of success is how engaged our new and returning supporters remain over time. We are proud to see sustained and growing interest in our sponsors, which validates our contribution to the intersection of money and meaning.

 

Movement Partners

 

American Express American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. The company has been actively raising awareness for the growing issue of financial exclusion in the U.S. This summer the company sponsored “Spent: Looking for Change,” a documentary about the issue that was executive produced by Davis Guggenheim, directed by Derek Doneen and narrated by Tyler Perry. American Express also offers low cost alternatives to checking and debit accounts, American Express Serve and Bluebird. To learn about American Express’ work in financial inclusion and its products visit spentmovie.com, serve.com, and bluebird.com.

Halloran Halloran Philanthropies
The Halloran Purpose is to inspire, innovate and accelerate sustainable social and economic innovations that raise levels of human wellbeing. We accelerate change-making solutions that advance the wellbeing of communities by integrating social innovations with sustainable business models. We make grants, loans and investments that demonstrate social impact and foster a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our core areas are Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Uganda, Mali, India and the United States. We support outstanding leaders who are advancing well-being and reducing poverty through job creation, financial inclusion, clean energy and water, agriculture, education, housing and healthcare.

 

Rockefeller Foundation The Rockefeller Foundation
For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot – or will not.

Google.org
The Bay Area’s social entrepreneurs strengthen our community, and Google is proud to back their work. Through the recent Bay Area Impact Challenge, the company invited local innovators to share their best ideas for making Bay Area communities even better — ultimately investing $5 million and Google support into 25 powerful social impact projects. In the past three years, Google has also given more than $60 million to Bay Area changemakers working on education, economic development, social, environmental, and health causes. In total, each year Google invests more than $100 million in grants and $1 billion in free and discounted ads and products to nonprofits around the world.

 

Omidyar Network Omidyar Network
Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network has committed more than $709 million to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple initiatives, including Consumer Internet & Mobile, Education, Financial Inclusion, Government Transparency, and Property Rights.

Herman Miller Herman Miller
Herman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of our customers and our employees. Innovative ways to improve the performance of our customers’ organizations have become our hallmark.

 

Idea Makers

Elefint Elefint Designs
Elefint Designs creates strategic designs for good causes. We work with non-profits, NGOs, social startups, innovators, and the like to give them beautiful tools to communicate who they are and what they do. Our work includes website, interaction, print, mobile, motion graphics and information design, as well as strategy and branding.

 

Vodafone Americas Foundation Vodafone Americas Foundation
Vodafone Americas Foundation is one of Vodafone’s network of 28 foundations worldwide supporting Mobile for Good projects. In the US, the Foundation seeks to partner with organizations that develop and utilize new technologies to help solve some of the critical issues around the world. The Foundation supports organizations under the 3 pillared criteria to improve people’s lives, help stimulate innovation, and advance the global development sector. The Foundation also operates an annual competition called the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project, with total prizes worth $600,000 awarded to organizations with the best wireless innovation to make a social impact.

Supporting Partners

 

David & Lucille Packard Foundation The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation that is guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. The Foundation works on the issues the founders have cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems.
Ford Foundation Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For over 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Impact Assets ImpactAssets
ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social and environmental returns. Our impact investment strategies, donor advised fund and knowledge resources provide a dynamic platform for wealth managers and the clients they serve to advance social or environmental change through investment. ImpactAssets seeks to shed light on and drive capital to the field’s most promising organizations and initiatives, helping to build the field of impact investing.

 

 

Clean Cookstoves Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) is a public-private partnership with a mission to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance ten-year goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. We are working in collaboration with over 1000 public, private, and non-profit partners to overcome the market barriers that hinder the production and distribution of clean cookstoves and fuels in the developing world. The Alliance and its partners have driven over $50 million in investment into clean cookstove and fuels companies.

 

Lemelson The Lemelson Foundation
The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in 1992, and lead by the Lemelson family, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $175 million in grants and Program-Related Investments in support of its mission. The Foundation is proud to support SOCAP 2014 to advance the field of high-impact invention, entrepreneurship and investment.

RSF RSF Social Finance
RSF Social Finance is a financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. Our growing community of clients is furthering the work of social entrepreneurs in the fields of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Building the field of social finance through community-based economic practices and a productive ecosystem of social finance partners is part of our work toward a human centered culture of finance. Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans and over $100 million in grants to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.

Indiegogo Indiegogo
Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is an open platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York.
The James Irvine Foundation The James Irvine FoundationThe James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.8 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $69 million in 2013 for the people of California.
Wells Fargo Wells Fargo
Through the New Markets Tax Credit program, Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment provides debt for construction and/or substantial rehabilitation of commercial and community-oriented properties located in low income census tracts nationwide. We also provide investments in low-income communities through our own NMTC allocation or partnering with third party community development entities (CDEs).
SF Foundation The San Francisco Foundation
At The San Francisco Foundation, we leverage our resources, expertise, and relationships to innovate and achieve shared prosperity and equity in the Bay Area. For over six decades, strong community relationships and local expertise have been the core of our approach. We bring together the sharpest minds, with on-the-ground expertise, to invest in effective, long-term solutions for Bay Area residents. We granted over $800 million the last ten years, and have over 800 donors and 1.2B in assets. We’re excited to join with innovators, investors, and partners investing in social good at SOCAP 14, and share our experiences in place-based innovation. Join us, and let’s keep building. 
GSBI Global Social Benefit Institute at Santa Clara University
The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. We aim to positively impact the lives of 1 billion by 2020. Through our unique integrated program approach, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) pairs social entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley mentors, to help them reach their profound potential and scale. Our Impact Capital initiative develops new investment vehicles and provides thought leadership to the impact investment community. Our Global Social Benefit Fellows program provides life-changing educational opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in action research with social enterprises.
IADB Inter-American Development Bank 
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group works with sustainable businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by offering tailored financial products and services to maximize development impact. The IDB is the oldest and largest multilateral lender for the region and promotes economic and social development by working with governments, companies, and civil society organizations. In addition to the IDB, the IDB Group includes the Multilateral Investment Fund, the biggest provider of technical assistance for the private sector in LAC, and the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the only multilateral lender focused primarily on lending to small and medium-sized companies. 

Community Partners

 

Shell Foundation Shell Foundation
Shell Foundation is an independent charity, established in 2000 by the Shell Group, that creates and scales new solutions to global development challenges linked to energy and mobility. It works with a small number of pioneers to identify the underlying market failures behind intractable problems and co-create new social enterprises to solve them. The Foundation provides patient grant funding, extensive business support and market links to help partners validate new models, achieve financial independence and expand their operations – and creates specialist intermediaries to accelerate the growth of inclusive markets. Several of these partners are now delivering large-scale impact across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

Good Ventures- Transparent Good Company Ventures
GoodCompany Ventures transforms innovators into entrepreneurs, and dreamers into doers. We give them tools and resources to envision persistent social problems as market opportunities, design business models that support long term change, and mobilize capital to accelerate their impact. 

 

HansonBridgett Hanson Bridgett
Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett has more than 150 attorneys located in offices in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento, and the East Bay. Our clients range from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to start ups to individuals and government agencies. We are a founding B Corporation Member and 3 of our 4 offices have received green certification.

 

Social Investment Business Social Investment Business Group
The Social Investment Business exists to raise and connect capital to achieve the maximum possible social impact in the UK. We work to provide simple finance for extraordinary charities and social enterprises in the form of loans, grants and other investment products. We support charities and social enterprises at all stages of their development from start-up to growth and scale. As an engaged investor we provide more than just money, with business support and mentoring to help our investees to reach their full potential.

 

Prudential Prudential
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1.1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2014, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prudential directs both financial and human capital to create innovative, lasting solutions to complex social challenges focusing on eliminating barriers to financial and social mobility. Over the past four decades, Prudential has provided more than $800 million in philanthropic grants and invested nearly $2 billion in impact investments. Recently, the company committed to building and managing a $1 billion impact investment portfolio by 2020.

 

USAID- LAB U.S. Global Development Lab
The U.S. Global Development Lab is a new entity within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that seeks to increase the application of science, technology, innovation and partnerships to achieve, sustain and extend the Agency’s development impact to help hundreds of millions of people lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Our mission is to discover, test, and scale breakthrough development innovations to solve development challenges faster and cheaper in support of U.S. foreign policy and development goals and to accelerate the transformation of USAID as the world’s premier development agency.

 

GSBI Global Social Benefit Institute
The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. We aim to positively impact the lives of 1 billion by 2020. Through our unique integrated program approach, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) pairs social entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley mentors, to help them reach their profound potential and scale. Our Impact Capital initiative develops new investment vehicles and provides thought leadership to the impact investment community. Our Global Social Benefit Fellows program provides life-changing educational opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in action research with social enterprises.

 

Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank
For more than 20 years, Deutsche Bank has been a leader and trusted partner in the field of social finance. Leveraging its core capabilities as a global financial services firm, the Bank has financed opportunities to serve the poor ranging from affordable housing and microfinance to clean energy and healthcare. This collective work represents more than USD 2.5 billion in capital deployed, with write-offs of less than 1%. Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance group has relationships with over 130 microfinance institutions (MFIs) and social enterprises in 50 countries around the world.

 

SEG Social Enterprise @ Goizeta (Emory University)
The focus of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta is that of applying business acumen and market-based solutions to achieve meaning and enduring societal impacts. By actively working across the spectrum of for-profit, nonprofit and hybrid organizations, we engage in important conversations and debates that are taking place in business schools around the world. In our Research, we illuminate the factors that induce and impede the realization of societal impacts using markets and/or business models and acumen. In our Fieldwork and Outreach, we engage faculty and students in projects that deepen understanding or organizations that strive to achieve meaningful societal impacts, while developing our ability to enhance overall effectiveness. In our Teaching and Student Support, we expose students to ways that business education can be applied to societal challenges.

 

NRB New Resource Bank
New Resource Bank’s goal is to help build sustainable communities. We advance sustainability with everything we do—the loans we make, the way we operate and our commitment to putting deposits to work for good. We work primarily with businesses and nonprofits but we also serve individual depositors who want their money to support sustainable enterprises. We’re experts in clean energy, organic food and natural products, and green building, but we also value relationships with companies that want to be more sustainable. Organizations come to us because we understand their sector and mission and can provide valuable expertise as well as access to a powerful network of sustainability leaders. We strive to be the bank for people who are leading the way to a more sustainable world. Ultimately, we want to change banking.

 

PGS Presidio Graduate School
Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree and Certificate programs in Sustainable Management, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good.

 

CRI CRI
Furnishing an office doesn’t have to be complicated. Not if you have sound advice, an experienced project team, and a clearly defined process. That’s what you get with CRI, one of San Francisco’s oldest and largest office furnishing dealerships. Since 1986 we’ve been making things easier for companies of all sizes and vastly different requirements from a single office to a corporate campus.
Enable Enact Enable Impact
Enable Impact and Unreasonable Institute have partnered to create a platform to connect the players in the global impact venture and investing community. Visit www.enableimpact.com to: Search thousands of social ventures and entrepreneurs, find over 400 support programs, incubators, accelerators, mentors, and competitions, and discover over 1000 impact investors. The platform serves all stages of investment, across all sectors, all sizes of deals, and all continents. Future functionality will provide automatic matching and the ability to connect with and message others. We hope you will join the community and help Enable Impact become an invaluable resource for all.
Claremont Lincoln University Claremont Lincoln University
Imagine a new kind of university that teaches collaboration and harmony in the world, that educates experienced professionals to reach across borders of all kinds—international, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, and political—for the common good. Now imagine a new generation of skillful leaders who are ethically grounded and socially responsible, who lead with heart. You’ve just imagined Claremont Lincoln University, an innovative values-based, not-for-profit graduate school that prepares leaders across the private, public and social sectors for the realities of an increasingly interconnected world. At Claremont Lincoln, students learn to integrate the personal with the professional to create a more sustainable world in a global era.

 

SGII The James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center
The James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center (SGII Center) at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business provides data-driven capacity building support to leading entrepreneurs, impact investment funds, family offices, foundations, and organizations across the globe in a cost-efficient manner. The SGII Center’s model is built by university experiential education where trained and professionally managed students provide research, due diligence, value-add and support across the impact investing space. This world-class experiential education is building the field today, while also providing the services needed to grow the sector for the future.

 

REDF REDF
Since 1997, REDF has led the pioneering effort to create jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work—like young people who’ve dropped out of school, people who’ve been in prison or homeless, and those who live with mental health disabilities. REDF believes the opportunity to work should be available to everyone, everywhere. They know the power jobs can have in transforming lives and communities. REDF invests capital and business expertise to mission-driven organizations that operate social enterprises focused on workforce development. As a result, thousands of people facing significant employment barriers have gotten work, and the 50 social enterprises that REDF has supported have generated over $140 million in revenue.

 

I-DEV Final I-DEV International
I-DEV International is an management strategy and financial advisory firm that specializes in building and financing competitive, viable businesses and industries in emerging markets worldwide. We work with local SMEs and social enterprises, global corporations and impact investors to develop business-based partnerships focused on both impact and profit.

 

Tint Tint
More than 40,000+ brands around the world today use Tint to aggregate, curate, and display ANY social media feeds ANYWHERE. Whether you’re a non-profit organization, investment firm, restaurant, hotel, or retail/e-commerce brand, Tint has features and integrations that will help you drive deeper relationships with your audiences through social media. Connect any page, handle, hashtag, playlist, and/or tagged location from any social network, personalize it with our elegant, responsive templates, moderate which posts you want to display to curate the best content, and finally display it on any of your websites, mobile apps, retail TV displays, event walls, or huge jumbotrons.

 

 

In-Kind Partners

 

Kendall-Jackson FINAL HOMEPAGE HOMIES Kendall-Jackson
Kendall-Jackson is one of America’s most beloved family-owned and operated wineries. Founded by the late entrepreneur and visionary Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke, Kendall-Jackson is based in Sonoma County and offers a range of acclaimed wines grown in the family’s estate vineyards along the coastal ridges of California. A leader in sustainable vineyard and winery practices, including water and energy conservation, solar cogeneration and natural pest control, 100% of Kendall-Jackson’s vineyards in California are SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certified and CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) certified. Learn more online at KJ.com, and connect with K-J on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Alter Eco DONE Alter Eco
Nourishing foodie, farmer and field through sustainable foods from around the world. Our mission is global transformation through ethical relationships with small-scale farmers and sustainability at every point on the supply chain. We invite you to join us in finding your Alter Eco.

 

Better World Books INFINITY AND BEYOND Better World Books
Better World Books (http://www.BetterWorldBooks.com) is a for-profit social enterprise and a global e-retailer providing products and information to socially conscious consumers. Better World Books collects and sells new and used books online matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Indiana-based company has raised more than $17 million for libraries and literacy, donated 12 million books; re-used or recycled nearly 134 million books and achieved 35,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon balanced shipping.

 

Bison Beer- FORCE IS WITH YOU Bison Organic Beer
Like Bison, you want to make a difference. How? It’s easy. Ask for organic beer to be on tap at your favorite local restaurant or bar! A restaurant that purchases just one keg of organic beer per week for a year creates demand to convert a football field size of conventional farmland into organic agriculture — that’s a huge impact your favorite local watering hole can make. A grocery store makes a similar impact selling 7 cases per week. Bison is more than organic beer – It’s a Movement. Join us online at Bisonbrew.com and tag us on Instagram @bisonbrew while drinking at #SOCAP14. Brewmaster “Organic Dan” thanks you.

 

Runa Runa
Runa supports sustainable livelihoods in the Amazon through brewing beverages from guayusa, a super-leaf packed with caffeine and antioxidants. We are creating a business that respects cultural traditions, supports small farmers, and helps the Amazon rainforest thrive, while inspiring people to live a stimulating life and use their energy and imagination to create a better world.

 

Gratitude Network The Gratitude Network
The Gratitude Network searches for the world’s greatest social entrepreneurs who demonstrate an innovative business model, products, services, or dynamic leadership to create a compelling vision for sustainable social change. To find “game-changing” entrepreneurs, Gratitude partners with other firms in venture philanthropy, large humanitarian organizations (who already have the reach into most countries) and universities (who are turning up some of the most innovative new entrepreneurs). The Gratitude Network is awarding prizes from the SOCAP stage this year and will be offering ongoing mentoring to outstanding entrepreneurs in the fields of education, community development, and global health. In the Thursday afternoon session, winners will receive Gratitude Awards – one by choice of the judges, and one “People’s Choice” award by audience vote.
StartGrid Startgrid
Startgrid is a free online community for building great social enterprises. It is a place where dreamers, doers, innovators, and disruptors are sharing knowledge, creating new markets and helping to build a vibrant, global impact community.