Date subject to change without notice. Apply ASAP.
My name is Michael Barnes. I have done many things throughout my life from being a scientist studying arthritis in children, running a research laboratory, being director of lab operations at a genetic testing company, business coach, and building a company to help nonprofits. Most recently, I was working to develop a method to develop solutions to some of today’s most complex problems based on community input. One thing I have learned throughout my career is that change and innovation are necessary to improve the output of any endeavor.
In current times, many nonprofits are struggling. I am able to support a single nonprofit with a moderate donation with the intent that they use it to innovate their organization. This funding is intended to let them try out something they think will provide significant improvement to their outcomes.
First, I am a private individual providing funding to a nonprofit to be selected through this application process. I will distribute as I choose, at my sole discretion. At the same time, I may have others help me review any applications.
I am providing this information to help applicants understand my interests; however, I may:
I realize I could simply hand this off to an existing organization or an organization I already know. However, that’s not my personality. I want to get to know organizations that do cool things that I might never have heard of before or groups that are doing things in new ways. Or even better, I want to find an organization that wants to do “their thing” in a better way and need a small catalytic investment to make that a reality.
In order for your nonprofit to apply, your organization must be a U.S. based 501(c)(3).
I am looking to provide investment for new ideas that will have massive impact. So, tell me how you will use the $1,000 to make $100,000 impact. This is a multiple pulled from nowhere specific, so don’t hold to it exactly.
I am interested in innovation, synergy, and catalysis.
I am interested in funding groups that help all people, ie, not one race, not one sex, not one religion, etc.
You might convince me of your cause, but partner with another group that helps other groups.
What comes to mind is human trafficking. You might convince me that your organization that helps women survivors is worthy of funding and there is a reason you only focus on women. For this application you’d need to partner with a group that helps male survivors. You might need to split the funds. Better yet, find a use that benefits you TOGETHER.
I may fund:
I am Unlikely to Fund:
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