To generate and harness support for effective, innovative, and collaborative nonprofit organizations around the world that leverage relatively small donations of goods, services, or money to create significant and sustainable pathways to positive change.
Pennywise embraces the principle that a small foundation and small donations can have big impacts. We make grants to nonprofit organizations that leverage limited resources and use them to generate solutions to the most difficult problems confronting the global community. The grants we make support effective, collaborative, sustainable programming that generates income while also reducing waste- both physical and economic.
Cultivating Creative Partnerships
At Pennywise we are all about making the connections that will make change happen. We support organizations that offer services or programming that can be brought to an increasingly large scale and that will last over time. Towards this end, recognizing that government has resources and reach that small nonprofits do not, Pennywise supports and helps to identify the potential for innovative public/private partnerships. We work actively to bring together potential partners so that impact can increase exponentially. We research possibilities for collaborations and provide the technical assistance to make them happen. Specifically, we conduct professionally facilitated meetings, conduct strategic and budget planning and advise on best practices in evaluation and outcomes measurement.
Pennywise recognizes that some of the freshest, most exciting ideas about how to tackle tough problems come from new and developing organizations. We support innovative program planning consistent with our mission and priorities. Pennywise offers technical assistance to help launch exciting projects and helps organizations grow and build infrastructures that will make them more competitive for Pennywise and other sources of funding in the future.