F.M. Kirby Impact Prize Winners

The Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact is an annual global prize awarding unrestricted funding to amplify and accelerate the work of a social enterprise working to scale its impact on social or environmental problems around the world.

CASE and the F. M. Kirby Foundation have recognized four outstanding enterprises with $100,000-150,000 in unrestricted funds over the history of this prize. Learn about all of our worthy finalists and winners here.

We are thrilled to announce the 2024 Winner: Semilla Nueva

Announcing the winner of the 2024 F. M. Kirby Prize for Scaling Impact

From a pool of over 200 applicants, social enterprise Semilla Nueva stood out for its systems approach to addressing malnutrition in the more than one billion people worldwide whose diets consist primarily of maize.  Leveraging existing infrastructure and stakeholders, Semilla Nueva works to align incentives among seed companies, smallholder farmers, consumers, and governments so that biofortified (and high-yield, climate resilient) seeds are planted by smallholder farmers and the resulting biofortified maize reduces the zinc, iron, and protein deficits in its consumers. Learn more about Semilla Nueva.

Past winners:

2023: Essmart
2022: Math Corps
Minnesota, USA
2021: Healthy Learners


2024 Finalists

No Means No Worldwide

No Means No Worldwide collaborates with local partners across 10 African countries to bring an evidence-based sexual violence prevention intervention to youth living in communities with a high burden of sexual violence.


Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) has worked in Haiti over the past 14 years to address sanitation rights for the country’s most vulnerable urban communities.

The Somo Project

The Somo Project provides a holistic system of support to low-income entrepreneurs in East Africa.

Urban Alchemy

Urban Alchemy is a U.S.-based employment social enterprise that recognizes the unique assets that formerly incarcerated individuals can bring to drive positive change in communities grappling with poverty, mental illness, homelessness, and addiction.

2023 Finalists


Kidogo is helping to solve the global childcare crisis, and more specifically to address the dearth of quality, affordable childcare for low income women (particularly those living in informal settlements) in East Africa. Read our finalist profile.

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center operates in medical-legal partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Connecticut to support veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness to overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare, and income. Read our finalist profile.

Project Hello World

Hello World connects remote, hard-to-reach communities to the Internet, education, and skills building. Using a community-led model, they work in partnership to build “Hello Hubs” which provide durable tablets (loaded with educational software), power to charge devices, and free wifi. Read our finalist profile.

2022 Finalists


Benetech has over 20 years of experience providing accessible materials to people living with print disabilities through Bookshare, the world’s largest online service for accessible eBooks. Read our finalist spotlight.


EarthEnable designs affordable, durable, and green housing solutions for rural families, and distributes them through a network of trained and certified micro-franchisees. Read our finalist spotlight.

Lwala Community Alliance

Lwala‘s approach to community-led healthcare has paved the way for major improvements in health outcomes in the rural county of Migori in Kenya. Read our finalist spotlight.


Recity works toward a circular economy by designing solutions that align with every stakeholder – including waste generators, brand owners (waste producers), waste workers, recyclers, and urban local bodies – to create a lasting impact in plastic waste management. Read our finalist spotlight.

2021 Finalists

Access Afya

Access Afya is a primary healthcare social enterprise delivering affordable, effective healthcare in emerging economies in Kenya by providing quality-assured, low-cost micro-clinics.

Build Up Nepal

Build Up Nepal empowers rural entrepreneurs and communities to build safe, affordable homes and resilient incomes by providing climate-friendly interlocking bricks and training local entrepreneurs in brick masonry. 


Essmart bridges the gap between essential technology manufacturers and rural Indian households in need of these services by creating a logistics chain and marketplace for these products in rural retail shops.

Hydrologistics Africa

Hydrologistics Africa is working to increase access to clean and safe water in sub-Saharan Africa by offering technology solutions to re-imagine how water is accessed, monitored, and distributed.

Lwala Community Alliance

Lwala‘s approach to community-led healthcare has paved the way for major improvements in health outcomes in the rural county of Migori in Kenya.

One Heart Worldwide

One Heart Worldwide’s mission is to end all preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth by equipping local governments and communities in underserved rural districts in Nepal with the skills and capabilities to provide an effective continuum of care for pregnant women and their newborns.

Pratham Books

Pratham Books is a nonprofit publisher based in India addressing the global inequity of too few books for children in their mother tongue languages by providing open and free access to a digital platform of quality storybooks in multiple languages to foster the love of reading in children.


SaCoDe’s mission is to ensure that all women and girls can manage their menstrual cycles normally and with dignity.  They do this by manufacturing and distributing free, reusable, and washable menstrual pads to disadvantaged school girls in Burundi and providing sexual and reproductive health community education. 

Serve Minnesota MathCorps

Minnesota MathCorps’ (ServeMinnesota) mission is to empower and inspire children from under-served communities.  They do this through teaching mathematics and fostering self-worth, strong values, and a sense of family- to build better lives for themselves and a more just society for all.


SevaMob addresses the inequity of access to quality healthcare providers and diagnostic services in underserved and rural areas by providing artificial intelligence-enabled healthcare platforms to organizations in India and the United States.

Street Business School

Street Business School’s mission is to end multi-generational poverty by offering a one-time intervention that creates multi-generational change.  They accomplish this by equipping women living in poverty with skills and resources to help them open and sustain micro-businesses and then share these skills with future generations.

Sustainable Development for Kenya

Sustainable Development for Kenya‘s Solar for Community Empowerment project works to prove that clean energy has the power to bring about social, economic and environmental stability to rural communities.  They accomplish this by creating community resource centers equipped with tools and materials to assemble lanterns that are then distributed, free of charge, to women and youth who participate in their self-help programs.

We Care Solar

We Care Solar promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and medical devices using solar electricity.