Fast Company Social Capitalist Award 2007
The 2007 Social Capitalist Award winners were announced this past Thursday morning by Fast Company and the Monitor Group. The Award recognizes non-profits that are generating both financial profit and social benefit.
Education-orientated winners include:
- Aspire Public Schools, which builds and operates small public charter schools in underserved neighborhoods with a curriculum that constantly reinforces the possibility of college for all students
- Citizen Schools which recruits more than 2,000 professionals to provide after-school apprenticeships to low-income middle-school students
- Jumpstart addresses a shortage of adults working in preschools and the lack of early education in low-income communities
Microfinance winners include:
- ACCION International trains banks around the world to be microfinance partners, making small loans (averaging $674) to help poor people start businesses.
- Unitus helps microfinance institutions become sustainable by providing financial support and consulting, drawing on practices from venture capital, investment banking, and microfinance.
- Global Fund for Women makes grants of $500 to $100,000 to organizations advancing women’s human rights–promoting economic independence in Africa, say, and fighting “honor killings” in the Middle East.
The full list is presented in a very readable grid here.