What We Do

Raja ampat archipelago, Indonesia

The Basics

We are philanthropic advisors. We find brilliant people doing innovative things for their communities, and we build direct funding bridges from you to them.

With this style of giving, you learn what’s happening on the ground right now, and you get to see the impact of your money up-close.

Grassroots organizations are our sweet spot. We know how to find them, how to vet them, and how to reach them. We know how to listen to what they need. And we know how to get your money directly into their hands.

Move92 currently funds projects in Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Burkina Faso, Kenya, South Africa, Greece, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal (pictured above), Sri Lanka, & Thailand. And most people are surprised to learn how wide-ranging and innovative the projects we fund are.

From cell phone app development for Laotian farmers, to reproductive health workshops in Burkina Faso, to executive leadership skills for indigenous women in Guatemala, to digital skills training for young women in Indonesia. Each project is unique to the community and the people leading it.

This style of giving creates an experience that is educational and rewarding in surprising new ways. For the organizations we support, it creates a path to growth that honors their leadership and makes cultural sense.

And for all of us as a collective, it takes us one step closer to the real truth that what happens “over there” affects us “over here.”

Methare, Kenya

The Process

Working with Move92 is straightforward but personal.

(1) First, we get to know you and explore the places and issues you really care about—then we match you with grassroots leaders around the world doing innovative work.

(2) Next, we help you cultivate a direct-funding relationship with the organization(s) of your choice.

You specify an amount and the organization tells us how they can best spend it. This is a key distinction in how Move92 operates. Our grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. We gather a proposal, budget and timelines, but the ideas come from the people themselves, based on the unique needs of their community.

(3) Finally, we manage the grant process as it unfolds, so you get to see and hear what kind of impact your grant having—in ways that the news headlines…will never touch.

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

The Nuances

Why are many grassroots organizations not on the radar of traditional funding channels?

There are a variety of reasons. They could be in hard-to-reach geographic areas. Or they could be serving people who have to be mobile at a moment’s notice (like citizens fleeing war). Or the political climate may be tricky to navigate, and they can’t advertise their services to the public and still stay safe (like refugee services).

Some grassroots organizations are simply too small to have the administrative bandwidth to apply for large grants…and to report on them when they’re done. And still others may have websites that are only available in their native language (not English).

​We focus on small teams doing big things for their communities.

Why the name Move92?

You may not know this, but 92% of funding for gender equity goes to large international organizations. Only 8% goes directly to leaders on the ground.

Think about that for a minute. The majority of funding to enhance the lives of girls and women goes to places other than the hands of the people in the community directly serving those girls and women.

We want to shift that. We want to move….some of that 92.

Isla de la Luna, Bolivia

How do you focus on girls and women?

In addition to getting more funding into the hands of grassroots organizations, a major thrust of our mission focuses on getting more girls and women in positions of leadership. But we have found that for each community we work with, the notion of women‘s empowerment looks different.

In the Bolivian island communities around Lake Titicaca, for example, women don‘t work in isolation. They band together in family groups and friend groups. So any western-influenced idea of individual advancement simply doesn‘t make sense.

More importantly, the advancement of girls and women goes far beyond simple projects that focus on women. We see this with a much broader lens where women are part of whole systems of finance, of education, of digital literacy, of decision-making.

It‘s a community issue not a women‘s issue. So we focus on working with local leaders who are already thinking about the inclusion of girls and women in their programs. And if they are not for some reason, we get the conversation going.

Why do most of your grants range between $10,000 and $50,000?

These amounts are often too small for other larger aid organizations to dispense and then administer. But we know that these amounts can have a tremendous impact at the local level.

This is one of those places where “more” is not necessarily “better.” These grant sizes are actually appropriate for a small community-led organization to know how to manage and spend.

But we can work with larger amounts. If you have a larger amount you’d like to give, a series of individual grants given reliably over a period of years can be tremendously stabilizing for a small organization with big visions for its community.

Speaking of “more is not always better“… here‘s a real-life story of what we mean.