Resources for Social Franchising

By Michael H. Seid, Joyce Mazero

Many of the resources available to traditional NGOs are also available to social franchise systems. Take a look to see a few of the options.

Government funding agencies for global development

Following are the top government agencies involved in providing global aid, grants, and assistance. On each country/agency site will be information on the type of organization, development budget, focus on target countries, contact information, and more:

Private philanthropic foundations

Private foundations are playing an increasingly important role in funding international development, especially when bilateral and multilateral donor funds are restricted or restricting. Private foundations often support social enterprise development and may be interested in supporting the expansion of some of the social businesses in their portfolio through a franchise model.

Following is a list that Devex (an international development news agency) compiled of the top ten private foundations according to their global development contributions. The Devex website provides more information about each of the foundations and their total global development giving.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Ford Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • United Nations Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Corporate philanthropists

Corporate philanthropy has been essential to the delivery of products and services to consumers at the base of the pyramid. Through grants and the access to significant human and other resources, corporate philanthropy has played an essential part of providing the necessary resources. According to a survey of Fortune 500 companies, the top 20 most generous companies donated $3.5 billion in cash in 2015. Those companies are as follows:

  • Gilead Sciences
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • Goldman Sachs Group
  • ExxonMobil
  • Chevron
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Bank of America
  • Alphabet (Google)
  • Citigroup
  • Microsoft
  • Merck
  • Coca-Cola
  • AT&T
  • Target
  • General Mills
  • Pfizer
  • Kroger
  • PNC Financial Services
  • Morgan Stanley

Impact investors

Impact investing seeks investments that have the potential to make a significant and positively impact on society. Impact investments are made in organizations that seek to generate measurable social benefit as well as a financial return. Investors in this space are typically interested in businesses that address social issues such as health, education, poverty reduction, and environment. According to Investopedia, the top five impact investors, based on assets under management, are as follows:

  • Vital Capital Fund
  • Triodos Investment Management
  • The Reinvestment Fund
  • BlueOrchard Finances, S.A.
  • Community Reinvestment Fund, USA