A World of Positive Returns

Insights

This Indian Foundation Is Protecting Wilderness and Helping Farmers -- And That's Just the Beginning

Article May 28, 2015

In Huffington Post India, Pavan Lall, explains how in just 15 years, the Foundation for Ecological Security has been able to transform India's 3 million acres of "wastelands" into lush, green commons that help farmers make a living and communities preserve their environment.

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Newsroom

Financial Literacy Programs: Stuck in the 20th Century?

Article June 30, 2015

An opinion piece featuring the research of our grantee U.S. Financial Diaries was published today at MediaPlanet.com. The article uses findings of the research to propose an evolution of the current financial literacy tools in order to make them more effective in helping families to plan financial goals and better prepare for the future.

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From the Blog

Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: Afluenta’s Alejandro Cosentino on Connecting Borrowers and Lenders

June 30, 2015

Alejandro Cosentino, CEO of Afluenta, discusses how behavioral economics and technology advancements are making financial products and services more relevant and accessible than ever. 

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SPOTLIGHT

How
is Technology Reinventing Social Impact?

OUR TAKE

Breaking Barriers to Scaling Social Good

By Christopher Keefe

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DISCUSSION

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:
$810
million
For-profit investments since inception:
$358
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$452
million