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We acknowledge the interrelated nature of the people, physical structures, programs, and public and private resources across a community or within a population that lend to improving quality of life and well-being. Instead of supporting a single organization that may only address a single issue, we engage a group of changemakers (that include residents) to understand the full-breadth of the problem then determine the collective resources needed to make improvements. ROGUE Impact support (tech tools, funding, leadership training, capacity building, strategic planning, etc.) is provided to key areas that will maximize impact across the larger geographic area.
Our approach prevents specific organizations from having a monopoly on funding and the pace of change in a community.
The Impact Opportunity Tool allows ROGUE to quantitatively measure the impact of interventions and contributions to project areas.
The ROGUE Impact Team remains involved with each project to facilitate solutions and interventions. Continued involvement from ROGUE also ensures that the impact we believe is possible through collaborative action is achieved.
We work with existing structures that leverage assets and capacities to diminish income and social inequality, lead to new structures of opportunity, and provide new possibilities toward educational and political empowerment. Our requirement is that local partners are open to new ideas, either from us or existing community voices.
HOW DO WE PICK OUR ROGUE IMPACT PORTFOLIO?
There are many charitable sites that list opportunities for thousands of organizations. These are great crowdfunding sites, but that’s not us. Our core business is to help communities and populations address chronic problems in creative ways. In order to do that:
We rely upon our Impact Opportunity Tool and on-the-ground assessments to assist in identifying and prioritizing high need impact areas (Education, Housing, Economy, Health and Safety, Equity and Justice, Mobility, Arts and Culture).
We then identify an “anchor organization” with whom we co-lead projects. These anchor organizations are the “door’ into communities or populations. Anchor organizations help us identify additional collaborators as we target specific development and population challenges and work together to identify interventions.
Our portfolio of projects is limited to a small number at any given time and our portfolio is always changing. We work in communities around the world and the types of issues we address are as varied as the solutions we develop.
We also have a rule that featured organizations cannot receive contributions from us for a year after we’ve provided them with funding. Although we may work with organizations repeatedly, we also have an interest in spreading and sharing the contributions made by our Impact Members to other worthwhile organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE YOU A NONPROFIT (501(C)3)?
No. We are a for profit company. Although your contributions are invested and we distribute the funds to nonprofits, you do not receive any tax benefits or return of initial contribution or dividend.
DOES MY CONTRIBUTION TOWARD A PROJECT PROVIDE ME WITH OWNERSHIP, EQUITY OR VOTING RIGHTS TOWARD A PROJECT OR ORGANIZATION?
No. In fact, when you sign up we mention that we strongly encourage that you do not indicate to residents or members of the population you may be contributing to that you have contributed to a cause in their community. Why? Because one of our core values is that you give toward a cause because you want to create a better community for all, not for notoriety.
IS THERE SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE PROJECTS YOU PICK?
We like a good challenge but we also like to be successful. Our process for impact is unique and non-traditional. We can typically determine early on if ROGUE Impact projects are the right fit. Our process isn’t about cutting a check and walking away; our process is about being open to new ideas, collaboration across sectors, achieving goals, and moving toward sustainable solutions that improve livability. In cases where a project isn’t chosen as part of a ROGUE Community, we can still assist through traditional consulting services.
HOW CAN PROJECTS BECOME PART OF YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR FUNDING?
Typically projects come to us through advisers affiliated with ROGUE. Our advisers may hear about a good cause through the grapevine that we then follow-up with or if there is a particular issue or cause we are passionate about we may approach a specific organization about providing assistance. We never say never, but it is atypical for us to send out an request for proposal to identify a project’s anchor organization - although we may use the RFP process to identify project collaborators. We also don’t typically identify a project through unsolicited communication.