Announcing 52 Follow-on Investments in Echoing Green Fellows

From left to right: Xavier Henderson '20, Ruchi Varma '20, Shanté Elliott '20, Taylor Toynes '20.

For the previous three years, Echoing Green has invested follow-on funding in Fellow-led organizations that are increasing racial and ethnic equity in their communities.

As part of the Fellowship, new Echoing Green Fellows receive $80,000 in unrestricted grant funding to provide critical early stage support for social innovators working to address global systemic equity issues.

In funding and beyond, data shows that leaders of color have significantly less access to capital than their white peers, especially when it comes to scaling. Due to risk-averse funding models, social entrepreneurs often cannot access the capital necessary to grow their innovative models of change.

To effect change across inequitable systems, we must invest in leaders of color in a deeper way. Through our follow-on funding program, Echoing Green is deploying capital in an innovative, trust-based, and participatory manner to help social innovators bridge the persistent valley of death in the capital ecosystem, and ultimately scale their systems changing work.

We’re thrilled to announce two additional rounds of follow-on funding, with 52 new investments made in Fellow-led organizations. In these rounds, Echoing Green invested a total $4.8 million in continued support of the Echoing Green community’s exceptional leadership.

In these rounds, two new grant categories were included: leadership grants ($10K) and capacity grants ($15K) to support Fellows who recently graduated from the Fellowship. As with previous cycles, catalytic grants were also distributed to support pilot projects and test bold, new, and unproven ideas ($25K), as well as transformational grants to scale proven models ($100K).

Fellow Name (Impact Location), Fellow Organization

Karim Abouelnaga, (United States), Practice Makes Perfect
Ruth Alvares-Degolia, (Guatemala), Mercado Global
Dickson Ayuka, (Kenya), UjuziKilimo Solutions
Xavier Henderson, (United States), For Oak Cliff
Atif Javed, (United States), Tarjimly
Lela Klein, (United States), Greater Dayton Union Cooperative Initiative
Priti Krishtel, (India), I-MAK
Michael Lwin, (Myanmar), Koe Koe Tech
Muzalema Mwanza, (Zambia), Safe Motherhood Alliance
Derick Pearson, (United States), Center For Black Innovation (DBA)
Alex Peay, (United States), Rising Sons
Takema Robinson, (United States), Converge Consulting
Thell Robinson, (United States), Halt Violence
Vineet Singal, (United States), Care Message
Ruchi Varma, (India), HumanQind
Brigitte Charlton-Vicenty, (United States), Inner City Green Team Economic & Environmental Development, Inc.

Fellow Name (Impact Location), Fellow Organization

Brandon D. Anderson, (United States), Community Response Works
Jacob Allen, (United States), Reportwell
Alex Bailey, (United States), Black Outside, Inc.
Claire Blumenson, (United States), School Justice Project
Kara Bobroff, (United States), One Generation
Antionette Carroll, (United States), Creative Reaction Lab
Nasser Diallo, (Guinea, United States), Clinic+O
Zeenith Ebrahim, (South Africa), Jamii Life
Shanté Elliott, (United States), TasselTurn
Christina Fialho, (United States), Rewrite the BiLine
Kathryn Finney, (United States), Genius Guild
Elizabeth Hausler, (Indonesia), Build Change
Sarah Hemminger, (United States), Thread, Inc.
Jessica Johnson, (United States), The Scholarship Academy
Sandra Kwak, (North America, Haiti), 10Power
Jamie LeShaé Jenkins, (United States), Building Opportunities & Opening Minds
Lorenzo Lewis, (United States), L&J Empowerment
Heejae Lim, (United States), TalkingPoints
Charlot Magayi, (Kenya), Mukuru Clean Stoves
Sarah Medina Camiscoli, (United States), Peer Defense Project
Deqo Mohamed, (Somalia), The Hagarla Institute
Jenna Nicholas, (United States), Impact Experience
Daquan Oliver, (United States), WeThrive
Diego Ontaneda, (Colombia), LALA – Latin American Leadership Academy
D’Seanté Parks, (United States), 1000 MORE
Mariolga Reyes Cruz, (United States), FiTiCAS
Amit Saraogi, (India), HumanQind
Brandon Smith, (United States), The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Project
George Srour, (Uganda), Building Tomorrow
Ashante Taylorcox, (United States), You Are More Than, Inc.
Lin Thu Hein, (Myanmar), Atutu
Khamutima Tumwebaze, (Uganda), Young Farmers Champions Network
Christopher Turillo, (India), Medha
Ruchi Varma, (India), HumanQind
Kwami Williams, (Ghana, United States), MoringaConnect
Arthur Woniala, (Uganda), Khainza Energy Limited

By the end of 2024, Echoing Green will invest a total of $12,000,000 in Fellow-led organizations to support organizations seeking to refine and scale their work toward racial justice in the U.S. and globally.

Echoing Green is grateful to our partners for their leading support of follow-on funding. For a complete list of supporters, visit here.

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