Global Economic Opportunity Members Select 2011 Grant Partners

Members of the Global Economic Opportunity Circle completed their second grant cycle and voted on a new investment portfolio on June 21. After much exploration and research, and an incredible amount of work on behalf of all the inquiry teams and leaders, IDEX and Family Independence Initiative were selected to receive grants of both time and money from Full Circle Fund.

> IDEX (International Development Exchange) is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that promotes sustainable solutions to poverty by providing long-term grants and access to resources to locally run organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Possible projects include making the upcoming third party review of its model come alive, creating a ‘graduate’ plan for grantees, and strategic fund development including marketing and branding, 25th anniversary projects, and events.

Full Circle Fund Project Lead: Tanya Marston Team members: Michelle Branch, Katie Colendich, and Amy Currin

> Family Independence Initiative is a national center for anti-poverty innovation offering results-based, community-driven solutions to reducing poverty. FII's strength-based approach is inspired by the historical successes of poor communities in the U.S. Potential projects include helping implement a web-based community building site, developing a Leadership Academy, strategic planning and business model articulation, marketing and communications.

Full Circle Fund Project Leads: Lucy Burns and Joe Kleinschmidt Team members: Amy Zucchero, Michelle Carreon, Melissa Davini.

We'd like to thank all of the organizations and Members who participated in the process. We'd especially like to acknowledge Inquiry Team Lead Ritu Sharma who re-introduced us to the incredible work of our first runner up, Village Enterprise.

Now is a great time to get re-engaged with or join the Global Economic Opportunity Circle in order to get started with these projects as they kick off. Contact our Membership Associate to find out more about becoming a member.

New projects were also chosen this spring in the Education Circle. Meanwhile, the Environment/Energy Circle is winding down their current projects and will kick off a new grant cycle in late summer early fall. As always, projects are officially approved by a final vote from Full Circle Fund's board of directors.

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