The Awesome Foundation has funded thousands of initiatives. Here are two projects that were funded in 2018:
- Oaktown Ballers, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. Oakland Ballers is devoted to creating opportunities for at-risk boys and girls to become proficient in the sport of baseball. A special effort is made to provide baseball skills training to minority girls, so they can compete in games. A long-term outcome is leadership development and educational achievement.
- Ciclochard is a unique initiative of a Milan homeless assistance agency. For many years, a group of volunteers has been providing hot meals and drinks to the homeless. However, they learned that what the homeless yearned for was connection. A group of 110 volunteers is working with the homeless to access community-based projects that give them connection, responsibility and a sense of self-worth.
The Awesome Foundation was launched by Tim Hwang in 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hwang wanted to create a channel whereby simple, but impactful ideas of individuals could receive a modest amount of funding. He organized a group of 10 friends and launched what would become the Awesome Foundation.
The application process was online and very simple. Hwang and his original group of trustees found that $1,000 was small enough to not worry about accountability but large enough to give life to projects and ideas. The projects they funded did not stop once the money ran out. They secured the attention of the public, drawing more support so they could grow and become annual or ongoing projects.