R4D Partners with Leading Funding Platforms GlobalGiving and Toniic to Increase Support for Innovative Health and Education Programs Globally

May 12, 2014Kristen Grauer

Two leading funding platforms, Toniic and GlobalGiving, have partnered with Results for Development Institute (R4D) to increase investment and donations to innovative health and education organizations in emerging economies. 

Toniic and GlobalGiving join a network of 14 organizations partnering with R4D’s innovation hubs, the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) and the Center for Education Innovations (CEI). These organizations seek to scale up and improve health and education innovations by connecting them with essential financial, operational, technical, and advisory support.

Health and education practitioners, funders, policy makers, and researchers rely on CEI and CHMI for information on more than 1,600 nonprofits, social enterprises, public-private partnerships, and policies. Using a multi-tiered approach to foster partnerships — connections with funding platforms and investors, a dynamic web platform, and partner organizations in more than 20 countries — CHMI has enabled the creation of new partnerships worth millions of dollars and has helped programs expand their health services to an additional 1.6 million people since 2010. Meanwhile, in less than a year, CEI has established itself as the most comprehensive global public resource on non-state education innovations.

Giving Partners Access to a Global Pipeline of Innovative Health and Education Programs

Recognizing the value partners can offer high-potential health and education programs, Results for Development is pleased to welcome GlobalGiving and Toniic to its growing network.

“Innovative solutions to community problems developed by grassroots enterprises around the world are often invisible to donors willing to provide capital,” said Mari Kuraishi, Co-founder and President of GlobalGiving. “We work to catalyze a global market for ideas, information, and money that democratizes aid and philanthropy. CHMI and CEI help us learn about highly promising nonprofits that work to improve health and education services in low income communities worldwide,” Kuraishi said. “Thanks to their referrals, new organizations have connected with GlobalGiving to engage with donors and raise additional funding for their programs,” she said. Since 2002, over 370,000 GlobalGiving donors have given more than $100 million to 9,543 projects.

"Our investors seek to support innovative companies and funds with potential for massive scale impact. Results for Development is helping us identify promising opportunities,” said Stephanie Cohn Rupp, CEO of Toniic, an action-oriented network of individual and institutional investors in more than 20 countries. Toniic members seek to place $120 million in global social enterprises and have invested in 80+ deals across India, Africa, Latin America, and the US. 

R4D’s Global Innovations Network

CHMI and CEI specialize in linking promising programs to funding and growth opportunities by serving as a pipeline for donors, impact investors, development “Challenge Funds,” and accelerators.

CHMI and CEI have linked more than 75 programs to fundraising platforms like Global Giving; prizes, including the Skoll Awards, the ISIF Asia Awards, and Silicon Valley’s Tech Awards; and selective capacity-building networks, such as the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery.

In addition to Toniic, several other investors, donors and international organizations use CHMI and CEI to learn about and connect with innovative health and education programs, including the Abraaj Group,  Acumen, Impact Investment Partners, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Total Impact Advisors and many more.

Capturing the attention of tens of thousands of monthly website visitors—among them many healthcare and education innovators—from more than 170 countries, CHMI and CEI also serve as referral partners for competitions including GlaxoSmithKline’s Healthcare Innovation Award and Changemakers.

Support and Partner with Us

CHMI and CEI continue to seek additional partnerships to provide greater information, analysis, and connections aimed at improving and scaling up the world’s most innovative health and education programs. These opportunities in turn will enable the world’s poor to access better quality services and reach their full potential.

If you would like to partner with us, please write to chmi@r4d.org or cei@r4d.org.

R4D’s Global Collaborator Network

The organizations listed below use CHMI and CEI to identify, analyze, and connect health and education programs to opportunities for innovators, with the goal of scaling and improving their organizations and expanding access to quality services in low- and middle-income countries.


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