A World of Positive Returns

Insights

Growing Prosperity

Research Report December 19, 2014

Microdrip irrigation systems. Drought-resistant hybrid seeds. Asset-backed microloans. These innovations can transform the lives of those farming on less than two hectares of land and earning less than $4 a day.

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Newsroom

Wired in a Cyber Wasteland

Article December 19, 2014

Why the Next Big Start-Up Might Be From Myanmar

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From the Blog

An Uncertain Future: A Close-up of the Financial Lives of Working Americans

December 11, 2014

I recently visited the FDR memorial in Washington D.C. and had the opportunity to view some of the great president’s remarks etched on the marble walls of the monument.

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SPOTLIGHT

Open
Up?

OUR TAKE

What's In A Name?

By Laura Bacon

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DISCUSSION

Alice Casey @cased

@gushosein pinpointing tensions and tradeoffs in big data, open data & personal data. Lots of questions on governance unanswered. #openup14

Carly Nyst @carlynyst

RT @carlynyst: What Snowden has shown us: @arusbridger maps myriad of issues from privacy to oversight to digital economy #OpenUp14

A WORLD OF POSITIVE RETURNS

We invest in entrepreneurs and their visionary ideas that create opportunities for people to improve their lives, their communities, and the world around them.

WHO WE ARE
 

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

ALIGNMENT
Does the investee align with our core mission and values?
IMPACT
Is the investee likely to achieve traction in its field?
POTENTIAL FOR SCALE
Is the idea big enough to grow beyond its current size?
LEADERSHIP
Is there a strong vision for where to go next?
INNOVATION
Is this something we haven’t seen before?

INVESTMENT APPROACH

We

We are structured to support the notion that philanthropy is more than a type of funding. In its truest sense, philanthropy is about improving the lives of others, independent of the mechanism. Consequently, we work across the social and business sectors, operating both a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a 501(c)(3) foundation.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

COMMITMENTS

Total amount committed since inception:
$744
million
For-profit investments since inception:
$333
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$411
million