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Our awards programming uniquely exists within Philanthropy University’s ecosystem to give dedicated local organizations expansive access to funding opportunities – as they continue to build their skills.

We take forward the Stars Foundation’s legacy, and its expertise honed over 10 years, to continue strengthening local organizations. Now we are able to do so at a much larger scale with technology.

Learn how you can diversify your grantmaking portfolio and reach on-the-ground organizations working towards the Sustainable Development Goals by contacting our Partnerships team.

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“REACH’s mission gets a much-needed boost through the Transforming Lives Award grant. We’re happy as this grant will help us empower thousands of underprivileged youth.”

Nguyen, Vietnam

Transforming Lives Awards

Transforming Lives Awards is an initiative founded by Alquity and convened by Philanthropy University to find and fund organizations supporting growth in sustainable livelihoods, and the achievement of UN SDG 8; economic growth and decent work for all. The Awards recognize organizations in the following categories:

  • High Impact: Nonprofits demonstrating strong practices and results in economic empowerment.

  • High Potential: Nonprofits that demonstrate potential to scale livelihood-focused programs.

  • Enterprise: Enterprises with a sustainable approach to address social or environmental challenges.

Awards are given to organizations that demonstrate sustainable and / or scalable solutions as well as pathways to sustainable funding models, even if their current models require donor funding.

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Stars Impact Awards

The Stars Impact Awards identified outstanding local organizations responding to the needs of communities in 3 regional ‘clusters’. The clusters rotated to new countries every two years. The package of support included flexible funding and non-financial support to allow organizations to direct resources where they need it most — whether that was to respond to changing realities on the ground, invest in the future or simply keep the lights on.

Each year, 8 Impact Award winners were selected in each region and received:

  • Prize of $150,000 of flexible funding

  • Support of $30,000 for capacity building

The Impact Awards are underpinned by a rigorous selection process that assesses both the delivery and impact of applicants’ programs as well as the organizations’ institutional and management practices. Stars proactively sourced applications through relationships with a range of expert referral partners with knowledge of the experiences of underserved children in the region, and of the strong local organizations supporting them.

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With and For Girls

The With and For Girls Award funds girl-led and girl-centered organizations around the world. To ensure they award unrestricted funding across a range of grassroots organizations they have 3 categories: Emerging Award, Small Award and Large Award.

This awards was historically run by the Stars Foundation, and now sits with Purposeful.

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Next Generation Grantmaking

Globally, less than 1% of funding goes to organizations in developing countries. Our awards aim to strengthen and reward promising organizations, no matter where they are in the world.

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