Our journey began some 15 years ago when we were working for various NGOs, UN agencies and universities in the development and humanitarian sector. We were in charge of both applying for funds for our projects from various donors as well implementing them, guiding the local teams across the world in M&E and strategy development. Wonderful times to work on the ground with so many passionate people, see so many country offices grow and projects turning into real live changing opportunities for thousands of people across the world. We are still very thankful for these experiences.

After becoming mothers and settling back in Austria we founded TripleMinds in 2013 out of the passion to accompany NGOs and social businesses in what we had done ourselves successfully over 10 years: identifying the right donors and grant opportunities, approaching these donors with the right project idea, develop a win-win partnership over time, and evaluate on the ground to measure impact, compile lessons learned and share with stakeholders.

TripleMindsLooking back we are really proud of our achievements: we have built up a network of thousands of members and supporters of our online funding tool TripleFunds, have successfully accompanied many clients in securing funds for their projects, and have effectively raised over €50 million from a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and institutional donors. What keeps us going and motivated is the wonderful relationship with and rewarding feedback from our clients.

We just love what we do. We see our work as our passion and commitment. And we care about each of our clients and their projects. 

 We operate TripleFunds as a social business model. Not only do we reinvest a large share of our profits into the further development of the online tool, but our long-term vision is to transform TripleFunds into an incubator that initiates and supports partnerships between development NGOs and social businesses.

We work with a network of consultants, programmers, designers and friends from across the globe to make sure the platform keeps fit for your needs.

As development practitioners we have increasingly felt the pressure to raise funds for our projects. And we felt we were not alone with this concern. This is how the TripleFunds idea was born and has since gradually taken shape. TripleFunds is an easy-to-use database and you will also find innovative funding instruments such as impact investing or crowdfunding to be a step ahead. We are convinced that TripleFunds saves you valuable time and money on research, leaving you with enough time and energy for your ‘hands-on’ work on the ground.

Silvia, Lisa & Philipp (Founders of TripleFunds)

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Our Core Team

Silvia Weninger
Founder, research supervisor, grant coach

In today’s world we need to act – the problems and inequalities are way too many. TripleFunds is my way “to do good” and make a difference. My passion for change and innovation drive me every day to develop it further. Thinking of the many lives that were positively impacted through projects that were realised with the help of TripleFunds, gives me indefinite joy.

Silvia has over 15 years experience in writing proposals and implementing projects from various donors such as the European Commission (EU), USAID, DFID, foundations, UN agencies etc. She has lived and worked across Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Thailand etc.) and Africa (Zimbabwe, Kenya etc.). She takes her inspiration and creativity from nature in lower Austria, horse riding and outdoor sports.

Lisa Ringhofer
Co-founder, research supervisor, trainer 

When the TripleFunds idea was born, I was full of enthusiasm for this new project. And I still am, thousands of working hours later (and surely many more to come). In development we seem to face similar constraints, no matter where you are based across the globe: wanting to make some change for the better, but often lacking the much needed funds. TripleFunds might just be that little trigger that gives you some direction from where to start.

For more than 15 years Lisa has been specialising on compiling grant applications, project implementation and evaluation. Foundations are her main focus. She is also a compassionate trainer for NGOs and other development actors across the world. She has lived and worked across Latin America (Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia and Nicaragua), Africa (Mozambique, Senegal etc.) and Europe (Romania etc.). In her free time she loves stage acting, writing one of her new books or articles, and hiking through the Austrian landscape with her family.

Philipp Maier
Co-Founder, IT, developer

I always loved to read inspiring stories about social entrepreneurs questioning the status quo and finding innovative solutions for the pressing challenges of our time. With TripleFunds, we are writing one of those stories – and I’m excited to be part of it.

Philipp has studied International Development in Austria and Spain. He has lived and worked in Africa (Sudan, Ethiopia), America (Nicaragua, Argentina) and has lately supported social business development in Myanmar. He is a passionate traveler and photographer always on the lookout for new and innovative places, people and motives. You also find him rock climbing.