Impact partner profile

African Visionary Fund

Driving more funding to African social change-makers to accelerate their impact

African Visionary Fund
Est. since
Location of HQ
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Partnership date with Thankyou
September 2020
Area of focus
Philanthropy, Health, Education, Livelihoods
Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Visionary Fund is a new venture that aims to find and channel unrestricted and unburdensome funding to high-impact African social change-makers. The aim is to transform development across the continent through local leaders and organisations, while simultaneously tackling inequities, injustices and power imbalances in grantmaking. They believe that driving funding to those most proximate to the issues ensures that the hopes and aspirations of each member within the communities helps to inform the solutions that are being developed.

Upending traditional funding streams is at the core of African Vision Fund's model. Utilising the knowledge and expertise of leading incubators, fellowships and accelerators across the African continent, the African Visionary Fund gives donors access to a well-vetted pipeline of locally-led organisations which have the potential to transform millions of lives.

Dozens of social change-makers are partnering with African Visionary Fund to develop innovative solutions that are sustainable and just, for local, low-income communities.

These solutions are built to tackle the challenges they face—from education quality, to hygiene and sanitation, through to gender-based violence, and more. By steering funding towards these social change-makers, they are able to implement these solutions at a community level. African leaders live, go to school, access healthcare, and work among the communities they are seeking to partner with—so they understand their context, know what works and what doesn’t, and are able to collaborate in a creative and cost-effective way. Leveraging social change-makers helps accelerate their impact and drive transformational change within these communities, whilst enabling flexible funding with localised, on-the-ground capacity and development support.

The African Visionary Fund believes that those most proximate to on-the-ground issues are the best ones to lead change. That’s why they encourage anyone looking to make a difference in the world, to find the leaders who have lived experience with the problems they seek to solve. Their advice is to listen, and follow their lead.

Type of grant funding given

Core impact goals

Increase percent of grantee partners receiving new funding

African Visionary Fund (AVF) hope to increase the percentage of their grantee partners who are receiving new funding from outside funders due to connections or referrals made by the AVF team.

Increase number of new funders supporting African social change-makers

African Visionary Fund aim to increase the numbers of new funders supporting African social change-makers directly because of support from the AVF, or those who increase their funding of African social change-makers through the AVF.

Increase percent of African Visionary Fund grantee partners growing in depth or breadth

African Visionary Fund are aiming to increase the percent of grantee partners who have grown in either the depth or breadth of their impact after receiving funding.

Impact milestones

African Visionary Fund aim to reach the following impact milestones over the course of Thankyou’s grant period (12 months):

1. Make grant commitments totaling $750k to 8-10 African Visionary Partners by June 2021

2. Raise $4 million in multi-year commitments by June 2021, working towards the $10.5 million by 2023 goal

3. Continue to build a governance structure that prioritises African leadership at all levels and includes meaningful representation and grantee voice in decision-making

4. Build organisational structure that is lean, effective, and sustainable, ensuring that they drive the most value to partners possible and that their operations align to their core values

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