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Full Circle Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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ANNUAL GRANT CYCLE

Building A Better Bay Area 

Since 2000, Full Circle Fund has partnered with 100+ nonprofits serving the Bay Area. We grant to 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects.

How we partner

Members select partner organizations from a curated pool of high-impact nonprofits that serve the Bay Area. We award a financial grant ranging from $15,000-$20,000 and define a project or initiative to complete over the course of four months. When a nonprofit organization joins the Full Circle Fund portfolio, we call them a Grant Partner. 

 

In 2020 we will have two Grant Cycles (mid-May to mid-Sept and mid-Aug to mid-Dec). Grant Cycle members will partner with 4-8 Bay Area nonprofits in each cycle who are addressing issues facing our communities in education, health, economic opportunity, and environment/energy.

 

What partnership means:

Skills-based volunteer support: 4 months dedicated pro bono support from a team of 6-10 Members on a high-priority project that Grant Partners are seeking external expertise and skills to design, develop, or implement. Project areas include, but are not limited to business development and fundraising, marketing and communications, metrics and evaluation, technical product management, program development, sales and pricing, scaling infrastructure, digital transformation, strategic planning. 

 

Unrestricted funding: $15,000 - $20,000 one-time general operating grant

Ongoing connections that catalyze amazing social change work. Members often choose to continue working with Grant Partners beyond the completion of the initial project, acting as volunteer “champions” of the mission, vision, and programs. Members might join the Board of Directors, act as consultants, help connect new staff and donors to grow the impact, and continue to share professional expertise and access to their networks and knowledge for years after the first meeting between Grant Partner leaders and Members of FCF teams.

 

KEY DATES

All Members
  • 02/13/2020 Member Kickoff - learn more about FCF and our programs (optional)
  • 03/10/2020 (or 04/07/2020) - In-Person Member Power & Privilege training
    attend either the March 10 or April 7 session - Members only)
 
Economic Opportunity Circle
  • 04/22/20    Economic Opportunity Circle Members meet finalist grant partners & vote (Members and Grant Partners)
  • 05/28/20    Working Session 1 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 07/23/20    Working Session 2 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 09/17/20    Working Session 3 (Members and Grant Partners)​
 
Education Circle
  • 04/29/20    Education Circle: meet finalist grant partners & and vote
    (Members and Grant Partners)
  • 05/28/20    Working Session 1 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 07/23/20    Working Session 2 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 09/17/20    Working Session 3 (Members and Grant Partners)​
 
Environment & Energy Circle
  • 04/23/20    Environment & Energy Circle Members meet finalist grant partners & vote (Members and Grant Partners)
  • 05/21/20    Working Session 1 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 07/21/20    Working Session 2 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 09/15/20    Working Session 3 (Members and Grant Partners)​
 
Health Circle
  • 04/28/20    Health Circle: members & alumni:
    meet finalist grant partners & vote on projects (Members and Grant Partners)
  • 05/21/20    Working Session 1 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 07/21/20    Working Session 2 (Members and Grant Partners)​
  • 09/15/20    Working Session 3 (Members and Grant Partners)​
     

Past projects our Members & Grant Partners have worked on together:

Guiding Principles for FCF Grant Partnerships

 

Our most successful FCF engagements have this in common:

 

Growth Potential: They have strong leadership and successful programs that meet a timely and critical need and have identified capacity building as a strategic priority. They are at an inflection point to build their organizational foundation for greater impact.

 

Impact Potential: They have the potential to make an impact in addressing one or more of our four issue areas—economic opportunity, education, environment, health—in the Bay Area. They are also committed to performance and outcomes measurement, whether well-developed or planned, and have an organizational culture of measuring success. 

 

Committed Leadership: They have leaders with a deep desire and ability to guide their organizations in achieving significant growth and impact. These leaders seek thought partners, welcome FCF Member expertise, and can commit the energy and resources needed to collaborate successfully. 

 

Organizational Vision and Strategy: They have a current strategic plan, a theory of change, or an organizational roadmap. Tech nonprofits also have a technical roadmap for a live tech product or service projecting at least 6-12 months.

 

Proposed Projects: They have plans for defined, high-priority project(s) their organization would like to work on in the next 6 months that would be enhanced or accelerated by our skilled volunteers. In other words, “This is a high-priority project we need to do, and having Full Circle Fund’s support would make it possible or accelerate its progress.”

OUR PROCESS

What are the most pressing problems?
  • Define Our Focus Areas

  • Convene Experts

  • Understand the Issues

  • Form Inquiry Teams

Who will make a profound impact?
  • Identify Leaders

  • Identify Organizations

  • Conduct Due Diligence

  • Narrow the Field

Who is the best match for us?
  • Launch Presentations

  • Scope the Work

  • 2-day Intensive

  • Solidify Teams

How do we leverage resources & deliver value?
  • Teams Get to Work

  • Learn, Refine, Adjust

  • Non-tech Hackathon Idea Lab

  • Deliver, Measure & Evaluate

Beyond the grant cycle

COMMUNITY MEmbership

Our Members and Grant Partners continue to receive support from Full Circle Fund beyond their partnership through our Capacity Building Workshop Series, Community Convenings, and Training programs. Members with limited time may choose just to join just those programs collaborating at network-wide events with Members who are active in the Grant Cycle or Accelerator Funds.
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