Mapping the Social Innovation Fund
**Map update in progress**
On July 22, 2010, the Social Innovation Fund, administered through the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced their inaugural grantees–eleven in total–that received grants between two and ten million dollars to be distributed over the next one to two years. While the Social Innovation Fund has received mixed reviews in terms of its scope and innovativeness, this collaborative among the federal government, private funders, intermediary beneficiaries, and subgrantees offers a great deal of curiosity and excitement for those interested in philanthropy and providing solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing social problems.
Because of President Obama’s and the federal government’s imprint on this initiative, I am interested to know where the funds will be awarded, how they will be subsequently distributed, and how far of a reach they would have on a national level. Does geography matter in this case? It may be a while before we can truly tell, but in the interim, I have constructed a map using Google Maps that lists the donors providing matching funds (marked in green), as well as the eleven intermediary groups who will further disperse funds to subgrantees (marked in blue). I will be working to update the map to also reflect the subgrantees that receive funds (marked in yellow). It is my intent to collect as much data as possible through the map and throughout the duration of the Social Innovation Fund to see the extent of the Fund’s impact across the nation. Comments, suggestions, and inquiries are welcomed. Email John
View Social Innovation Fund Recipients, Donors, and Subgrantees (2010) in a larger map