AND COURAGEOUS SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS, AND INNOVATIVE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS SINCE 2001
SMALL PLANET FUND
Mother-daughter team Anna Lappé and Frances Moore Lappé founded the Small Planet Fund to support visionary and courageous social movements, grassroots organizations and other leaders bringing to life citizen-led solutions to hunger, poverty, and environmental devastation around the world and across the United States. Today, the Fund is based out of RSF Social Finance and directed by co-founder, Anna Lappé.
We fund a set of core grantees as well as one-off strategic grants that range in size from $500 to $10,000, with an average grant size of $3,000. Our core grantmaking comes out of the relationships we built writing our national bestselling book, Hope’s Edge. You can learn more about these groups, and many other inspiring movements worldwide, in the pages of Hope’s Edge.
WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT
We support off-the-radar and before-the-radar ideas. Because our leadership works in communities across the country, the Fund is positioned to hear about new initiatives and seeds of ideas at their inception—and we are in a position to quickly and easily fund these creative start-ups.
We provide rapid response. Because we don’t have a traditional grantmaking cycle, and because we have a lean decision-making structure, we can make rapid response grants that can be of critical importance.
We fund unique projects that would never get funded by traditional foundations. As non-traditional givers with a grassroots fundraising model, we’ve been able to hear about—and support—individuals and efforts that would be unable to get funding from traditional donors for a variety of reasons.
We work with a lean operation. Since we don’t have office overhead or full-time program managers, more than 90 percent of funds raised go directly to our grantmaking. We are administered by RSF Social Finance, which takes a small fee for each grant and we pay a small honorarium for the Fund’s coordination.
While we don’t accept unsolicited requests from grantees, we welcome funders interested in collaborations to reach out.
-Anna Lappé and Frances Moore Lappé
Read more at smallplanetfund.org!