We’re often asked how we find the charities we support. Most people tell us they’ve never heard of them. We think they deserve a ticker-tape parade, but they struggle to compete for funder and donor attention with big-name charities and their fat marketing budgets. Since we believe in giving deserving underdogs a shot, we help put them on firmer footing. If they wow us, we’re all ears to hear their next big idea. And because many are meeting a need no other organization is, we often wind up filling a funding gap. Here's how we find them, fund them, and decide who makes the cut.