Who We Are


ERI is a social enterprise founded in 2014 with the aim of :


  • Making the research and fundraising services most needed by non-profits and social enterprises accessible to all, regardless of budgetary constraints.

  • Providing a new source of funding for organizations that aim to reduce poverty and social injustice by addressing the root causes that perpetuate them.


ERI consists of a management team that combines expertise from both academia and the non-profit sector, an advisory board of leaders from academia and civil society, and a large network of academic experts from a wide range of fields and disciplines.



What We Do


ERI is both a research institute and a donor supporting the work of non-profits and social enterprises. To that end, we donate 90% of our profits to fund our giving activities.





Our specialty is in the types of research and consulting services that meet the most urgent practical needs of non-profits:


  • State-of-the-Science Reviews

  • Literature Reviews

  • Research-based Grant Writing

  • Policy and Advocacy Papers

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences  

  • Impact Assessment and Program Evaluation

  • Financial Development Consultation

  • Strategic Consultation



In order to make these services accessible to all we often offer special grants to cover part of the costs of budget-constrained clients.






ERI supports non-profits and social enterprises in two ways:


  • By offering grants and impact investments to promising organizations that aim to reduce poverty and social injustice by addressing the roots causes that perpetuate them

  • By offering pro-bono consultation and support in fundraising and reaching potential donors. 




Our Values


  • ERI is committed to meeting the highest standards of academic integrity and rigor.

  • ERI is committed to the principle that budgetary constraints should not prevent any effective non-profit from receiving the research services they need to carry out their mission.

  • ERI will not engage with any client who is involved in any way, directly or indirectly, in violence, human rights violations or academic plagiarism.