About Us


  • Charity Navigator 4-Stars

    Root Capital has once again earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities, deemed Root Capital “exceptional” in its efforts to operate in a fiscally responsible manner. Only 1% of the charities rated have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations.

  • NGO Advisor
    2012 - 2017

    The Top 500 NGOs is a unique ranking in the world of nonprofit evaluation, combining evidence-based quantitative analysis with thorough qualitative research. The Top 500 NGOs has been published in Geneva, Switzerland since 2011. Participation in the ranking requires no subscription or fees, and NGOs are scored based on a rigorous methodology.

    Root Capital has consistently ranked in the top 25 of the Top 500 NGOs. In 2015, 38 US organizations rank in the top 100, including Acumen Fund, Partners in Health, World Vision, Ceres, Landesa, One Acre Fund, Cure Violence, Ashoka, Mercy Corps, Room to Read, Root Capital, Rare, Care and the Open Society. Root Capital was ranked at number 25. In 2016 Root Capital ranked number 18 and in 2017 it ranked once again at number 25. This is a dynamic rating that changes every year based on many factors.

  • OPIC Impact Award for Renewable Resources - Agriculture

    The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, presented awards recognizing exceptional achievement in international development during a special ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in May, 2015.

    Root Capital was honored alongside six other leading innovators who all exemplify the central role of private sector investment in lasting international development. Root Capital was recognized with the 2015 OPIC Impact Award for Renewable Resources - Agriculture for providing access to capital and financial training to smallholder farmers around the globe.

  • East African Agriculture Finance Initiative of the Year

    This award was presented to Root Capital by Focus on East Africa in collaboration with The World Bank, European Union, and Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture. It is dedicated to our clients across Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, DRC, and Zimbabwe. 

  • Financial Times and IFC Awards
    2009, 2013

    2013 - The Department for International Development (DFID) special award for Achievement in Impact Investing
    The British government’s DFID Award for Achievement in Impact Investing recognizes pioneering investment funds that have a clear strategy to make financially sustainable investments that benefit the poor. This honor was awarded at the Financial Times/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference in London

    2009 - Financial Times and IFC Achievement in Banking at the Bottom of the Pyramid
    The Financial Times and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced Root Capital as the recipient of its Achievement in Banking at the Bottom of the Pyramid Award. The award recognizes ground-breaking financial transactions and initiatives that address the Bottom or Base of the Pyramid (BoP), the more than 4 billion people who live on less than US$2 a day.

  • YPO-WPO SEN Sustainability Award 

    The SEN Sustainability Awards honors YPO and WPO members for their commitment to making a difference to society at large. Every company honored is rising above the bottom line through programs that make social responsibility an equal partner with profits. In 2013 Willy Foote was the award winner in the philanthropic/nonprofit catgory.

  • Joan Bavaria Awards

    Willy Foote was honored by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corporation as one of this year’s winners of the fourth annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The Bavaria Awards are given annually to two leaders working to move the capital markets toward a system that balances economic prosperity with social and environmental concerns.

  • The G-20 SME Finance Challenge

    Root Capital was among 14 organizations chosen as the best models that catalyze finance for small and medium-sized enterprises. Investor Relations Officer Joe Sinatra represented Root at the G-20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, November 11-12. Winners were selected from a pool of 345 organizations in 75 countries. 

  • Root Capital was recognized multiple times at Clinton Global Initiative
    2008, 2009
    Root Capital was recognized at the 2008 and 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The three-day conference convenes global leaders to devise innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Nearly 60 current and former heads of state, five Nobel Peace Prize recipients, and hundreds of international CEOs, non-profit leaders, and major philanthropists were in attendance.

  • Young Global Leader

    The World Economic Forum announced that Root Capital Founder and President William Foote has been selected as a Young Global Leader 2008. This honor is awarded annually to recognize and acknowledge the top 200-300 young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

  • SVN Innovation Award

    Root Capital Founder and President William Foote received Social Venture Network's 2008 Social Innovation Award. The awards support the "next generation" of socially responsible business and nonprofit leaders by providing them access to the people and resources that can help support the growth and success of their enterprises. 

  • Social Capitalist Award
    2006, 2007, 2008
    Fast Company magazine and Monitor Group recently named Root Capital a Social Capitalist Award winner for the third year in a row. The Social Capitalist Awards are given to non-profits “who use the tools of business to solve the world's most pressing social problems and who have demonstrated a consistent and unusually large impact on society.”

  • Ashoka Fellowship

    Root Capital Founder and President William Foote was recently named an Ashoka Global Fellow. Ashoka Fellows are chosen for their innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing social problems.

  • Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship Skoll Foundation
    2005 - 2008 

    Root Capital is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The award recognizes and supports social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time.

  • World Business Award in Support of the Millennium Development Goals

  • Boston Business Journal "40 Under 40" Award

  • National Business Plan Competition Winner
    Yale S.O.M. - Goldman Sachs Foundation