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The Alumni Ventures Fund is an exclusive opportunity open to all graduates of the Young Leaders Programs (Young Leaders Fellowship and/or Young Leaders Conference). This Fund offers graduates of our Young Leaders Program a unique opportunity to scale up their existing community development work in health, education, or economic security, with the aid of a start-up grant of up to $5,000 coupled with a year of professional mentorship.

MCW Global's alumni network comprises a diverse set of innovative and ambitious young leaders worldwide. In a bid to honor their leadership efforts in developing their communities through meaningful projects, we set up the Alumni Ventures Fund. Our mission remains unchanging: to address communities' pressing needs by empowering current leaders and readying leaders of tomorrow. In some cases, that empowerment looks like funding and close professional mentorship. That is what this Fund is for.

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What We Offer

The Alumni Venture's Fund offers:

  • Two grants up to $5.000: The two recipients of the midsize grants will receive direct mentorship from an expert in the field of their project's work. The mentor will guide the mentee to strategically scale their project from a resource mobilization perspective to project management and teambuilding angle.
  • 10 The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and Hyman R. and Ruth Shapiro Foundation, Inc. grants up to $500: Three – Five months-long projects with no mentorship assigned.

      Am I Eligible?

      You are eligible for the Alumni Ventures Fund if you successfully completed the:

      1. Young Leaders Fellowship; and/or
      2. Young Leaders Conference
      3. You are working in the areas of health, education, and/or economic security

      The Alumni Ventures Fund is fully supported by The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and Hyman R. and Ruth Shapiro Foundation, Inc.