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Mira Lauches 34th Grant

Eight years in and over 30 projects later... Thank you, donors!


Grant Submissions Due

May deadline for NGO community parter grant requests

Fast Facts

About Mira

Our Mission

Mira's mission is to provide educational opportunities to underserved and exploited children around the world by funding education-related projects.

Our Vision

Mira's vision is to empower children to reach their academic potential while inspiring the online community to reach its philanthropic potential.



The what, how, and where

Mira began as a simple conversation in 2009 focusing on how to help kids and communities with limited opportunities for social and financial growth. With support from the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and the San Francisco Bar's Volunteer Legal Services Program, Mira formally registered as a non-profit organization.


Mira collaborates with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing regions and funds small grant requests that come directly from them. These grant requests are showcased on our website. To date, we have successfully helped over 800 youth by providing school supplies, sports equipment, computers, life skills & job training, teachers' salaries, and more to ensure that hundreds of children have everything they need to stay in school. When donors fulfill the goal of these mini-campaigns, Mira forwards your donations to each respective organization; from here, Mira informs donors via online photo and story updates on the progress of the students' journeys and the communities which the donors are directly impacting.


In short, Mira is a catalyst for students to reach their academic goals and everyday internet users to support international development from the home. Continually focusing on youth empowerment, Mira’s community of leaders, volunteers, and fans are thrilled with the energy the organization has created from technology meeting philanthropy.


To date, Mira has been honored with the following:


2009 - Lien i3 Challenge Award: Innovate, Implement, Impact

2010 - Nomination, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Young Executive Director of the Year

2011 - Nomination, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment for Mira's Executive Director as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year


2012 - Nomination, Global Exchange's 10th Annual Human Rights Award


2013 - Panelist, Women in Leadership Conference, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business


Mira is now based San Francisco, California. For more information, check out our FAQs.



It takes a village to raise a Mira. We are only able to accomplish this great work through many people stepping forward to make Mira happen everyday. To meet a few of us and learn more, please click below:



Leadership Team