Our Approach


Drive Change

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Who We Support

Propel Capital invests in organizations and people working to reform the criminal justice system, advance progressive issues and elected leadership, and expand economic opportunity through inclusive access to capital. We focus on creative solutions to complex challenges, recognizing that game-changing ideas and exceptional leadership exist across sectors, demographics, and geographies.

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Our Initiatives

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Propel Democracy

We invest in rising leaders and early- and growth-stage organizations with a clear vision and strategy for building progressive power. Organizations within our portfolio are poised to play a critical role in local, state-wide, and national elections, and represent diverse approaches that foster strategic experimentation and collaboration. This work includes creative, tactical approaches to building electoral power now as well as strengthening grassroots organizing and voter engagement capacity to ignite and sustain long-term transformation.


Propel Justice

We provide catalytic support for organizations committed to ending mass incarceration and reforming the criminal justice system. The fund prioritizes elevating the leadership of system-impacted people, spearheading strategies to hold decision makers – such as judges and elected officials -- accountable, and designing actionable ways the criminal justice system can operate differently right now.

Source: Center for Prison Education


Social Entrepreneurship

We support social enterprises building innovative, scalable solutions to issues of poverty and inequality. At Propel, we believe that those closest to the problem are best able to develop successful solutions and therefore prioritize social entrepreneurs whose lived experiences reflect the challenges they aim to solve.

Source: SHOFCO

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Impact Investing

We employ an integrated capital approach to catalyze broad adoption of business and investment practices that consider social and environmental impact. In the US, we focus on companies that create and support thriving wage jobs and organizations that foster healthy local economies and ecosystems for entrepreneurship.

Source: SOCAP


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