Civil Society Organisations Know How

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Civil Society Organisations Know How: CSO Trust Fund

Mexico, MexicoMéxico, Mexico
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Alternativas y Capacidades diagnosis on filantropy in Mexico found out that just 12% of civil society organisations evaluate their social projects in Mexico. Free information on what works must be available in order to improve impact and reduce poverty.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

There weould be a web page with free information on what type of social project works and in what context? Should that will make more efficient
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There is no project evaluation culture assessment within Civil Society in Mexico given the lack of economical resources within institutions.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We will create a trust fund in order to offer small loans to Civil Society Organisation to assess their projects and publish the outcomes for free. The idea is to pay 75% de cost of evaluation and the loan will be based just on 25% of real cost. The business is in the fee to administrate the trust fund and to evaluate an important share of civil society organisations in Mexico.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact will be for grantmakers and grantees given the posibility to invest in projects that have already proven to be effective. This project will detonate job creation within consultancy firm sector.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

My idea is to have a webpage with all this information accesible for free. My business is based on loans and the trust fund.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Imagine to have at least 10 thousand evaluations reports uploaded within a system open for anybody in the planet that wants to contribute to solve social problems. This woud make decision makeing process, fundraising and grantmakers job easier.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Trust Fund will generate a rate of interest that will be re invested in order to be able to make different types of evaluations.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

IPA and JPAL in the US offer in Mexico impact evaluations once you find the money. This becomes a slow process.

Founding Story

Lecturing students at ITAM on social policy asked about what where the best social projects from the Civil Society and there was no answer for that. On that moment I decided to create in 2011 my first company with a former partner. On 2012, I sold my stocks in order to start a new company based on my first experience with Maria Fernanda Carvallo.


Jesus Gastelum Lage.- President of the Board of Trustees Maria Fernanda Carvallo.- Managing Director and Founder