Social Investors Forum

On Feb 14, 2014, the Community Foundation of Utah hosted the first Social Investors Forum, a venue for organizations to pitch innovative ideas for solving social problems. The program aims to inspire new, sustainable models of investment in causes and communities.

Since 2014, $384,500 has been awarded to social enterprises by the Forum's selection panel, Venture Philanthropy Utah, a group of investors with a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability in the nonprofit sector. In addition to investments of capital, selected organizations also receive guidance on investment and management strategy from members of Venture Philanthropy Utah focused on growth and sustainability.

Criteria

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Utah-based: Must be operated in Utah, for the benefit of Utahns.
  • Emerging: We prefer emerging organizations and startups, or spin-off programs, or new initiatives in existing organizations committed to change.
  • Innovative: Must demonstrate a compelling new idea, a novel approach to solving a social problem.
  • Sustainable: Must include a commitment to a sustainable funding model.
  • Impact: Must describe the positive change or impact of your proposal.

How to Participate

Applying for the Social Investors Forum is a two-part process. First, organizations submit a one-page Call for Investments which will be screened by a selection committee. Second, finalists are chosen to present their idea at the Social Investors Forum. Venture Philanthropy Utah will consider grants, loans, and other investments for selected proposals. We are not currently accepting proposals for the Social Investors Forum.

How to Attend

The eighth Social Investors Forum will be held on October 18, 2018 at Westminster on the Draw from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. For this iteration of the Forum, we have invited previous award winners to pitch for a second round of funding for their projects. We would love to have you join us to watch these innovative organizations pitch!

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