NextWorldNow Community Investments (NWN)

Underwriting Community Well-being: A Virtual Peace Corps Model

NextWorldNow believes that world communities can work together in an informed and personal way using technology and resources to improve the well-being of participants in each community.   

Our Aim
We invest in and support community development projects requiring modest capital.  We fund projects that are owned by the local community, whose social impact and return on investment can be measured, and whose success can be sustained.   In the spirit of innovation, we aim for a diverse "portfolio" of projects and geographies to spread creative solutions.  

We work to discover and apply best practice social investment models on a small scale personal level.  Our process invites ongoing direct connection with the sponsored community rather than an anonymous one-time donation.  We believe it is possible to invest in projects that increase the wellbeing of communities while avoiding unintended harm.   We operate with minimal overhead and a goal of funneling nearly 100% of grant resources to the intended community project.  

The types of projects that we have funded to date:  
  • constructing rural health clinic facilities in Zambia for expecting mothers (2015 grantee)
  • building a solar powered computer lab at a remote school in Kenya for students and adult community learners (2016 grantee)
  • training silk weaving, reeling, and embroidery skills with business management in India (2017 grantee)
  • developing greenhouses to support food production and marketing in Mongolia (2017 grantee)
  • cultivating taro roots and processing into taro chip product for commercial sales in Philippines (2018 grantee)
  • establishing low pressure drip irrigation system using drought resistant seed crops in Uganda pilot (2018 grantee)
 

NextWorldNow Community Investments (NWN) works with individuals, communities, and other organizations to make this happen. We invite communities with project ideas to submit their requests for funding.  We study the requests and make funding decisions. We welcome scale-able partnerships with other organizations on joint projects.  We invest in solutions built to last, looking beyond short term fixes to address long standing problems.  We continue to refine our process as we learn more about what works and what does not.   NWN is a non profit private foundation with United States 501 (c) (3) status.
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