Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact

About the Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact

The Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact (F. M. Kirby Impact Prize) is an annual global prize of $100,000 USD in unrestricted funds that amplifies and accelerates the work of enterprises working to scale their impact on social or environmental problems around the world.

Named after early entrepreneur, Fred Morgan Kirby, this award is made possible through a generous gift from the F. M. Kirby Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements

The F. M. Kirby Impact Prize is open to all impact enterprises (nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid), working anywhere in the world, that have the following:

  • Strong evidence of impact over at least 3 years and a thoughtful plan for how to use the prize to scale that impact in the next 3-5 years.
  • Minimum operating budget of at least $250,000 (USD). The strongest applicants will likely have an annual operating budget between $1-3 million (USD).
  • Robust, formal non-discrimination policy that protects against discrimination on the basis of marginalized identities. Marginalized identities may include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, caste, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and disability.
  • Exemplary leadership that aligns with the core values of Fred Morgan Kirby, including integrity, resourcefulness, resilience, meaningful collaboration, and diversity.

How to Apply

  1. Complete our eligibility questionnaire.
  2. Consider attending our Virtual Information Session: June 16, 2021, 12-1 pm EDT. Register here. Upon registration, you will receive log-in information. Please note that the application process has changed from last year.
  3. Create an account to apply.
  4. Watch our short video to learn how to articulate your strategy to investors and create a strong application.
  5. Submit any questions you have about the application process to the CASE team. Review answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  6. Submit part one of your application during the initial application window: July 16 – August 20, 2021. CASE will review up to the first 250 applications.

2021-2022 Selection Timeline

  • June 16Virtual Information Session
  • July 16 – Application Portal Opens
  • August 20 at 11:59 PM EDT – Application Part 1 deadline; There are no exceptions to this deadline. CASE will review up to the first 250 applications.
  • July 16 – September 10 – Application Part 1 Review by Kirby Impact Prize Selection Committee, which is comprised of CASE faculty, staff, and selected advisors.
  • September 10 – Selected applicants invited to submit Part 2 of the application
  • October 8 – Application Part 2 deadline.
  • November 12 – Semi-Finalists notified.
  • November 18 – November 29 – Semi-finalists participate in virtual, 30-minute interviews with 2 Selection Committee Members.
  • December 2 – Finalists notified.
  • December 6 – December 15 – Finalists participate in virtual, 90-minute interviews with the full Selection Committee.
  • January 28 – F. M. Kirby Impact Prize winner notified
  • February 2022 (Date TBD) – F. M. Kirby Impact Prize winner publicly announced at the Fuqua Sustainable Business & Social Impact Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for the 2021-2022 selection process can be found here.

Preparing a Strong Application

  • Register for our Virtual Information Session on June 16 to learn more about the 2021-2022 Kirby Impact Prize selection process. Please note that the application process has changed from last year