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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    September 30

    Deadline: The Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact

    About the Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact

    The Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact (F. M. Kirby Impact Prize) is an annual global prize of $100,000 USD in unrestricted funds that amplifies and accelerates the work of enterprises working to scale their impact on social or environmental problems around the world.

    Eligibility Requirements

    The F. M. Kirby Impact Prize is open to all impact enterprises, working anywhere in the world, that meet the following criteria:

    • Any nonprofit or for-profit social enterprise working anywhere in the world
    • Enterprise has strong evidence of impact over at least 3 years and has a plan for how to use the prize to scale that impact in the next 3-5 years
    • The enterprise has a robust non-discrimination policy that protects against discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, and disability
    • Has exemplary leadership that aligns with the core values of Fred Morgan Kirby, including integrity, resourcefulness, resilience, meaningful collaboration and diversity

    How to Apply

    1. Complete our eligibility questionnaire.
    2. Create an account to apply.
    3. Watch our short video to learn how to articulate your strategy to investors and create a strong application.
    4. Submit your application by September 30, 2020.


    Please note that this is the award’s pilot year. These dates may be subject to change:

    • August 10, 2020 – Application Portal Opens
    • September 30, 2020 at 11:59PM EST – Application Deadline; There are no exceptions to this deadline.
    • October 1, 2020 – October 30, 2020 – Application Review; Selection committee comprised of CASE faculty, staff and selected advisors.
    • November 10, 2020 – November 24, 2020 – Semi-finalist virtual interviews
    • December 21, 2020 – F. M. Kirby Impact Prize winner notified
    • February 24, 2021 – F. M. Kirby Impact Prize winner publicly announced at the Fuqua Sustainable Business & Social Impact Conference

    Virtual Information Sessions

    Please click on the links below to register for the virtual information sessions. Upon registration, you will receive an email with login information for the webinar.

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    September 30

    Learn How To Boost Phone Survey Response Rates With Tips From IDinsight

    Faced with COVID-19 restrictions, IDinsight, a global research and data analytics organization that helps development leaders maximize their social impact, turned to phone surveys to collect actionable data for policymakers. They’ve been deploying phone surveys to inform COVID-19 responses, testing approaches for adapting in-person surveys, and building systems and strategies to implement phone surveys at scale. From their recent work conducting large-scale phone surveys in India and Kenya, they’ve achieved higher response rates than the average, successfully receiving phone survey responses from 60% of their sample with low refusal rates.

    Join this upcoming webinar on September 30, 2020 at 1 PM UTC / 9 AM EDT to hear IDinsight share their tips on protocols and systems for boosting phone survey response rates. A member of their expert support team will moderate their 20-minute presentation and then open the discussion to any of your questions. If you miss the live webinar, you can watch the recording that they’ll post in their video library.

    What you’ll learn

    IDinsight will share their best practices on the following methods for generating high response rates while collecting data:

    • Callback protocols on the timing and frequency of survey phone calls, as well as the operations of administering those protocols.
    • Lessons learned on messaging respondents before conducting surveys, building rapport over the phone, and reaching specific types of respondents (e.g., pregnant women).
    • Building trackers to manage protocols that are integrated with SurveyCTO and other tools, such as Google Sheets and Python.

    To learn more about IDinsight’s large-scale phone surveys, check out this series of articles on their blog. You can also explore these articles for IDinsight’s suggestions on how to maximize the value of phone surveys.

    Time: 1:00 PM UTC / 9:00 AM EDT

    Coronavirus, Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    September 30

    Investing in the Real Economy With Rodney Foxworth

    A virtual fireside chat on impact investing’s evolving relationship with the real economy with Common Future’s Rodney Foxworth.

    About this Event

    Note: This program is a Live Webinar and Q&A that is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device. Premium members of Impact Entrepreneur get complimentary admission to all live and archived webinars.

    Investing in the Real Economy with Rodney Foxworth

    Tens of millions of people are unemployed or under-employed, thousands of small and medium-sized local businesses — the less-visible, principal drivers of the economy — have shuttered, and yet the stock market continues to reach all-time highs. Clearly, the financial system is not working for most working people.

    To revive the economy in the immediate and long-term we must reimagine the economy. We need to invest in the real economy, as opposed to just the financial economy. To do this effectively, there needs to be a shift of power — including in the impact investment space — by looking to new leadership, reconsidering what is impactful and engaging new audiences in how we think about investment and leadership.

    In this live, virtual fireside chat, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Rodney Foxworth, CEO of Common Future (formerly BALLE), to discuss impact investing’s evolving relationship with the real economy.

    Featured Guest

    RODNEY FOXWORTH is CEO of Common Future (formerly Business of Alliance for Local Living Economies, “BALLE”). Most recently, he founded Invested Impact, a nonprofit consulting firm and intermediary that connected philanthropic and impact investment capital to underrepresented social entrepreneurs. The firm advised and partnered with numerous foundations, financial institutions, and policy organizations, including Annie E. Casey Foundation, Aspen Institute, Calvert Impact Capital, Greater Washington Community Foundation, Legg Mason, and T. Rowe Price Foundation. Prior to Invested Impact, Rodney served as Deputy Director of the Warnock Foundation, a venture philanthropy affiliated with the private equity firm Camden Partners. He previously held leadership positions at BMe, a national social entrepreneur network for African American men, and Job Opportunities Task Force, a policy advocacy and workforce development organization.

    An inaugural Ford Foundation Global Fellow, Rodney serves on the board of directors of Nonprofit Finance Fund and Race Forward, and the steering committee of Justice Funders. He has spoken at Social Finance Forum, Council on Foundations, Global Philanthropy Forum, SOCAP, Open Markets Institute, Skoll World Forum, Brookings Institution, and other stages. His writing has appeared in publications such as Boston Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Nonprofit Quarterly, and he has been featured in Conscious Company, Devex, Forbes, ImpactAlpha, Inside Philanthropy, and The New York Times.


    LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 25,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars. Impact Entrepreneur is a cornerstone field building, research and educational player in the social impact space, and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions. For nearly 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange.

    Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, having published, edited and written the introductions for celebrated works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan. He is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing, and is the co-founder of the Place-Based Education movement, having coined the term with Dr. John Elder, and published, edited and written the foreword for the first book on that growing pedagogy. His current writing projects include two chapters (both co-written) for a forthcoming textbook, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications by World Scientific Publishing.

    Laurie is also a lifelong student of world wisdom traditions and is the former Executive Director of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, a nonprofit organization founded by Pir Zia Inayat Khan focused on advancing wisdom in service of social and environmental healing.

    Impact Entrepreneur’s Luminarias Webinar Series features reflective conversations with the leading lights in impact investing and entrepreneurship.

    Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT