How We Work:

SCE is a different kind of foundation, moving beyond the walls of tradition to explore new areas of impact, create unlikely partnerships, and find points of leverage.

Challenge Model:

The Challenge model leverages the power of the competitive process to surface novel solutions to seemingly intractable problems. We use the Challenge model to cast a wider net and surface a greater variety of creative solutions than is possible with traditional grantmaking. Rather than seek predetermined solutions, we use this funding model to invite a broad range of potential partners to present compelling solutions for the gaps and white spaces we identify in our areas of interest.

We also approach grantmaking through:

  • Clustering grants into smaller initiatives, each with their own logic model.
  • Partnership with other foundations and thought leaders to strengthen existing work.
  • Continuous learning and recalibration.