A World of Positive Returns

Insights

WEF Call for Papers

Announcement April 20, 2015

As part of its mandate to find sustainable and scalable solutions to foster inclusive growth, the World Economic Forum is seeking examples of practices, policies, and institutional solutions at the intersection of inclusion and growth that can help to unlock some of the most pressing issues of our time.

READ ON

Newsroom

Omidyar Network Bets on Nigeria’s Growing Travel and Tourism Sector with Investment in Hotels.ng

Announcement May 26, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., and LAGOS (May 26, 2015) – Omidyar Network today announced an investment in Hotels.ng, the largest hotel-booking platform in Nigeria.

READ ON

From the Blog

Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: Zoona's Keith Davies on Behavioral Economics and Financial Inclusion

May 13, 2015

Keith Davies, Head of Finance, Data, Analytics and Risk at Zoona, shares insights into how financial service companies such as Zoona can reach younger generations and underserved communities through the use of behavioral economics.

WATCH

SPOTLIGHT

How
is Technology Reinventing Social Impact?

OUR TAKE

Breaking Barriers to Scaling Social Good

By Christopher Keefe

READ ON

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:
$780
million
For-profit investments since inception:
$350
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$430
million