HOW WE WORK
Sfaira Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings people together to fund projects that provide high impact, sustainable solutions to community development issues in Canada and around the world.
Every year, our team listens and learns from our networks to identify priorities, regions and communities we can support. Once we commit to an area of need, we develop our internal strategic directions. No one issue can be solved easily, quickly or through individual effort. We strive to work with local organizations in an open, transparent, and collaborative manner to discover our shared purpose, to develop solutions together, to reflect on lessons learned and to explore how local change can influence global systems.
With the guidance of our networks, we have identified ten priority areas to focus on over the next five years and welcome proposals from organizations who are focused on one or more of these areas.
We focus on a holistic set of priorities and collaborate with local organizations to fund high impact sustainable solutions. We operate with a multi-phased process. Click the arrows to learn more about our process.
GEOGRAPHY: Be located in or have significant operations or impact in Canada, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa in a region and community that is vulnerable to major sustainability challenges.
PRIORITIES: Address one or more of our ten priority areas with every project considering social equity, environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation.
STAGE: Be an early- or mid-stage policy, plan, program or project.
DURATION: Be seeking support and funding for a one or 5-year period.
FUNDING SIZE: Be seeking small grants or investment capital from $500 to $10,000 CAD per year, with an average of $5,000 CAD per year.
PROJECT TYPE: Be seeking funding for short term humanitarian aid in response to an incident or longer term development in response to systemic problems.
STRONG MANAGEMENT TEAM: Have a strong, dependable and experienced leadership and management team with the skills, will, and vision to execute their plans, a commitment to serve their community, and unyielding ethics.
POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT IMPACT: Aim to create positive social impact and drive environmental performance improvements.
POTENTIAL FOR LONGEVITY: Have a clear model that demonstrates the potential for financial sustainability beyond the five year funding cycle, including the ability to cover operating expenses with operating revenues.
We fund and invest in partner communities and organizations that are transforming the way they live, work and play. To us, this means identifying organizations and policies, plans and projects that meet the following criteria: