Edson Foundation


The Opportunity: Social Enterprise Development

Edson Foundation has a new strategic focus for 2018-2020, with an emphasis on building sustainability for nonprofits through a social enterprise development program and start-up financing.

Edson Foundation is selecting one organization to receive start-up capital and participation in a social enterprise development program. There will be ONE award package which will include the following.

  • Grant of $10,000 to assist in technical assistance, planning and start-up costs for a social enterprise of a nonprofit
  • Participation in a six month social enterprise development program with the Quad Innovation Partnership.
  • Program Related Investment (zero or low-interest loan) of up to $40,000 to launch the social enterprise

Eligibility to Submit an LOI

Edson Foundation

  • Be a 501(c)3 organization in the Pikes Peak region
  • Have a developed vision for a social enterprise that is still in ideation phase
  • The social enterprise idea must be related to your mission
  • If selected, 1-2 representatives from your organization must be available for approximately 3-5 hours per week to meet with advisers from the Quad Innovation Partnership from June – December 2019

Guidelines and Timeline

  • March 20: Nonprofit Training – Using Social Enterprise for Sustainability
  • April 9: LOI due to PPCF
  • April 24: Nonprofit selected for inclusion in program

How to Apply

If you are ready to apply, click on the button below to access the full letter of interest (LOI). We strongly encourage attendance at the March 20 training to ensure you are a right fit for this funding opportunity.

LOI Application

How Social Enterprise Can Build Nonprofit Sustainability

Nonprofits are invited to attend a training provided by Colorado Institute for Social Impact on March 20 from 9am-Noon. Workshop your idea and ask questions about the funding opportunity. See an overview of the agenda below.

RSVP to Attend

March 20 Training

Edson Foundation will partner with the Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) to offer training on the following topics. This training is open to all nonprofits and strongly encouraged for any nonprofit who plans to submit an LOI for start-up capital and selection into the social enterprise development program with the Quad Innovation Partnership.

  • Time: 9am-Noon
  • Location: Columbine Room @ Penrose Library (20 N Cascade Ave., 80903)
  • 8:30 – 10:00 AM: How Social Enterprise Can Build Sustainability for Nonprofits
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Overview of the Edson Foundation opportunity and how to apply
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM: So You Have an Idea? Put Your Plan on a Page
  • Ask questions and discuss your social enterprise idea with CI4SI, the Quad, and Pikes Peak Community Foundation

For more information on the Edson Foundation, contact Samuel Clark at (719) 445-0605, or email sclark@ppcf.org