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How We Fund

Our approach to funding is to find and work closely with organizations that have the right combination of deep experience and bold thinking in our funding focus areas. These partnerships with committed problem-solvers are designed to grow and scale their work to create greater opportunities for children and families.

We prioritize funding projects and programs that help achieve our social impact goals.

Our Funding Focus Areas

Our grantmaking is structured to accelerate projects already making a difference.

We seek to fund proven projects in the areas of education, health, and family economic stability — catalyzing them toward greater impact in the United States, India, and South Africa. Our aim is to create long-term, systemic change through enduring partnerships.

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Our mission-related impact investing is structured to support companies that can radically advance social progress.

We use a range of financial tools and structures to support our work in education, health, and family economic stability. This strategy focuses on developing products and tools, as well as new markets.

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Scholarships & Student Support

We know graduating from college or university and finding meaningful employment are two achievements that can have a profound impact on a student’s life and the lives of their family members. We ensure that students from low-income backgrounds have the support they need to graduate from college or university through our scholarship and support programs in the United States and South Africa.


We accelerate opportunity for children growing up in urban poverty.