The Awards are a year-long program individually tailored to your social enterprise and leadership situation.
Are matched with a highly-skilled/experienced “Strategic Coach,” who will be your guide throughout the year and meet monthly with you.
Are matched throughout the year with relevant “Mentors” to assist you in meeting the goals you establish with your coach. Our mentor database contains over 40 highly qualified mentors who can work with you in range of business-building areas.
Become a part of our Founders Peer group. These cohorts meet quarterly by video meeting, and are facilitated by the Gratitude Network. Peers work together to solve specific business issues that your business may be facing.
Are referred, as appropriate, to possible funding sources during the second half of your award year. Late in 2017, Gratitude Network will be releasing a new program for funding “match-making” for both non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Receive a Gratitude Network toolkit, customized for your cohort, of reading materials, resources, and websites that will aid you in your success.
Are given visibility on The Gratitude Network website, Facebook page, email newsletter and various live events.
And after your award year, remain a valued member of the Gratitude Network Alumni and family —for future events and ongoing activities.
Eligibility for the Gratitude Awards:
Social impact mission dealing with children and/or education in one of these areas:
Education (including new approaches to education such as social-emotional and “blended” models)
Health and Wellbeing (addressing children’s basic needs, including poverty alleviation, food, water, safe shelter and disease prevention)
Learning Systems (innovative technology, platforms, apps, mobile, blended and interactive learning)
Children’s Rights (protecting children and families from abuse, trafficking, incarceration, and other harm.
Non-profits and for-profit organizations are eligible
“Scale” stage company:
initial funding already completed
business model being tested or already proven
Strong fit with the MISSION to fund childhood and/or pre K-12 education, particularly for needy children
Extraordinary LEADERSHIP TEAM
INNOVATIVE product/service, business model, or approach
Potential to IMPACT many children, adolescents, teachers, and/or schools
Organization seeking to SCALE an already existing product/service and business model
Scaleable BUSINESS MODEL leading to sustainable or profitable organization
Applicants are currently being accepted for the second cohort of 2017 Gratitude Awardees. Applications are due April 1, 2017. Next step notifications will be sent out by May 1, 2017.
Last year, an elite panel of judges, including respected leaders from the investor, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and relevant sector perspectives reviewed about 550 applications from around the world.