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The Awesome Foundation

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Name: The Awesome Foundation
Type: Crowdfunding
Established: 2009
Location: Headquartered in Boston, USA; global chapters
Distribution: Unknown
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Website: awesomefoundation.org
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The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.

Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing "micro-trustees", who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest.

The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.

Since its humble beginnings, many Awesome Foundation chapters have sprung up globally to conserve, sustain, and support the worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond.


Guidelines for the Foundation

Submissions through our application form are placed in a common pool viewable by all chapters. Each chapter meets monthly to select a project to fund. By consensus, trustees determine which project to fund, and the $1,000 fellowship is distributed accordingly. Some chapters also routinely contact applicants for interviews before awarding the fellowships.

Chapters are divided by geography, and more recently by topic of interest. While specifying a chapter to apply to is not necessary (all chapters can view the applications received by all other chapters), many chapters show a preference for local projects.

Awesome projects are not strictly defined, but tend to challenge and expand our understanding of our individual and communal potentials. They bring communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment. They spark an instant of joy and delight and inspire a long-term hope for a more awesome future.

The Awesome Foundation is open to all people and organizations. There are no prerequisites to apply (beyond, of course, being awesome).


Exclusions

  1. Purchases for personal use: we think you're really awesome, but we're probably not going to just give you $1000 for a car/vacation/rent payment/pony…unless it's the crucial component of a bigger project that also benefits others!
  2. Maintenance fees for established charities and foundations: While we may support the goals of your established organization, we're primarily interested in funding projects or new ventures and not the continuation of an existing organization. If your organization/foundation/charity still wants to apply, think of a specific, creative ~$1000 project that our money could go directly towards!
  3. Vague causes and applications: That is to say, the more specific you are in your application about what you'll use the money for and why, the more likely we are to fund it!


While the Awesome Foundation keeps an open mind about projects, we've found that there's generally a few types of submissions that chapters have been less willing to fund. However, these are just guidelines–if you think we'd be interested in your awesome project even if it flirts with one of these types, there's no penalty for submitting anyway!



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