Mark Surman

Experimenting with open philanthropy


So, what's the big idea?

Mark provided support and thought leadership on how community, networks and all things ‘open’ can increase the impact of the social innovations supported by the Shuttleworth Foundation.

A community technology activist for almost 20 years, Mark is currently the executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, with a focus on inventing new ways to promote openness and opportunity on the Internet.

Mark Surman's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Female
Deepa Gupta
jhatkaa.org/
Female
Babitha George
unboxfestival.com/
Male
Matt Thompson
workopen.org/flashgrant
Male
Jesse Von Doom
cashmusic.org
Male
Nick Liow
www.craftyy.com/
Male
Forrest Oliphant
meemoo.org/iframework/
Female
Emma Mulqueeny
www.emmamulqueeny.com/

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.

2006

Our contribution: $75,603.81
Total funds: $75,603.81

2007

Our contribution: $120,344.24
Total funds: $120,344.24

2008

Our contribution: $44,445.54
Total funds: $44,445.54
People
Marketing
Software
Travel
Infrastructure
Training
Office space
Legal
Total funding to date:
$240,393.59