Social Investors Forum

On Feb 14, 2014, the Community Foundation of Utah hosted the first Social Investors Forum (SIF), a venue for organizations to pitch innovative and sustainable ideas for solving social problems. Since 2014, $498,500 has been awarded to social enterprises by the SIF Investment Committee, a group of subject matter experts with a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability in the social sector. In addition to investments of capital, selected organizations may also receive guidance on investment and management strategy from members of the Investment Committee.

Applications or the next Social Investors Forum will open in the fall.


Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Utah-based: Must be operated in Utah, for the benefit of Utahns.
  • 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.
  • Emerging: Preference is given to emerging organizations and startups (or spin-off programs) or new initiatives in existing organizations committed to change.

How to Participate

Applying for the Social Investors Forum is a two-part process. First, organizations submit a concise Call for Investments which will be screened by a selection committee. Second, finalists are chosen to present their idea at the Social Investors Forum. The Investment Committee will consider grants, loans, and other investments for selected proposals.