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Umano Impact Fund

Umano Can Bring Your Project to Life

Umano funds individuals and organizations around the world who are committed to building empathy for humans, animals, and the environment in their communities.

We offer two streams of funding: financial grants to nonprofit initiatives, and interest-free loans to for-profit businesses.

We fund proposals that build holistic empathy because the well-being of humans, animals, and the environment are interdependent.

  • Helps humans, animals, and/or the environment.
  • Meets our RISE Model
    • Reach – Is scalable and/or repeatable in other similar settings or communities.
    • Impact – Measures impact by counting participation, analyzing results, and obtaining comprehensive feedback from your participants.
    • Sustainability – Has (or plans to have) an independent revenue stream in addition to grants, donors, and fundraising.
    • Empathy – Builds empathy for humans, animals, and the environment. Examples include an empathy-building workshop as an education tool and sharing why it’s important to equally care for humans, animals, and the environment with your participants.
  • Is committed to doing no harm or reducing any harm that may be unavoidable. Umano is committed to reducing suffering experienced by humans, animals, and the environment.
  • Does not discriminate against people based on race, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and economic status.
  • Individuals or organizations directly or indirectly participating in political campaigns. or advocating for or against any political candidate.
  • Organizations that engage in or support any form of human or animal exploitation.
  • Organizations that do not support diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Focused on religious advocacy.

Large, well-funded organizations seeking funding for established programs.

  • The review committee will evaluate your application within 3 months of its submission.
  • We may contact you with additional questions or for further clarification.
  • We may request further documentation.
  • The grantee is required to provide transparency on the funded program.
  • If you are approved for funding, you will be asked to sign a grant agreement and submit mid-term and final reports.

We recognize that English is a second language for many of our applicants. If any part of the application process is unclear or if there are any technological issues, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Please review our Assessment Matrix before applying. 



I pledge to think critically and with compassion about my relationship with animals 

- I will advance my knowledge about the sentience of animals
- I will research and consider my decisions to use products and support activities that abuse and exploit animals
- I will learn about what happens to animals in industrial farming, laboratories, zoos, circuses, and fashion
- I will abstain from participation in animal exploitation and educate others 

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I believe that Empathy can reduce suffering in the world, therefore I pledge that:

- I will make a conscious effort to enhance my empathetic abilities

- I will be mindful of my ego which can discourage my ability to relate to others

- I will stand and speak up for the well-being of humans, animals, and our planet

- I will align my thoughts, speech, and actions with the core principle of empathy

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