The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are more than a wish list for organizations, individuals, and companies to aspire to as they think about their development objectives. It is also an actionable framework around which stakeholders can build tools and projects.
Aiming to contribute to this framework, we are very excited to announce the launch of the SDG Capital Finder, the first publicly available, searchable database of 7,000 funders across the developing world, categorized by the SDGs!
The SDG Capital Finder, currently in BETA, is an extension of our previous Capital Finder. There are some major changes, so we wanted to take this opportunity to walk you through the differences and explain some of the functionality and added features. The best way to check out the updates is to use it — feel free to let us know what you think of the BETA version by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve made some minor stylistic changes here (country flags, icons for capital types, provider types, and SDGs), but also added new functionality.
Among the most significant additions is the ability to search funders by their alignment with the SDGs. We did this by creating custom ‘sectors’ for each goal.
Furthermore, we expanded the Provider Types — a major update in our database. Starting with Angel Investment Networks, Crowdfunding Platforms, Impact Investors, Public/Semi-Public funders, and Venture Capital firms, we also added Private Equity firms, Foundations, Banks, Microfinance Institutions, and Nonprofits.
We hope these two changes will help users find the funders that best fit their needs.
We’ve significantly improved our matching methodology to enhance the results users get when they are searching for funders. We’ve implemented a new scoring mechanism that takes into account data points like location of social media followers, office location, domain name, and more. This is meant to filter the most relevant ones to the top of the results.
It’s a major improvement, and we’re looking forward to receiving feedback on the results from our users.
We are making the funders the stars of the database. Click on a result to see a funder’s profile and discover information we didn’t have publicly available before: mapped office location, currencies, languages, and much more.
One of the most powerful aspects of the profile page is the Goal analysis, which provides a keyword breakdown of how each funder fits within the SDG framework. This breakdown allows us to compare funders across the goals.
As an example, below is the breakdown for Water.org, a nonprofit that funds water projects across the globe. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of words on its site have something to do with water, sanitation, and hygiene.
On the other hand, the breakdown below is for Golden Palm Investments, a Ghana-based VC firm that invests across multiple sectors:
Additionally, we added other interesting data points. This includes a dynamic map that shows the likelihood of a capital provider to invest / fund a project in a given country, and a chart showing the breakdown of Facebook followers by country.
We hope this data makes the SDG Capital Finder more fun to use, encouraging participation and promoting partnerships between capital providers and seekers.
To Sum Up
The SDG Capital Finder is an innovative, customizable tool to help organizations, companies, project managers, analysts, and others find funders categorized by the internationally-endorsed SDGs.
It’s a highly customizable and scalable tool, which can be modified to suit organizations’ needs. If you’d like to find out more about how the Capital Finder works, feel free to reach out to email@example.com.