A World of Positive Returns

Insights

Omidyar Network Calls for Research Proposals

Research Report February 6, 2015

Omidyar Network is launching a multi-method, multi-year research project on “Open Data: Demand, Use, and Impact.”

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Newsroom

Zuckerberg-Backed Startup Seeks to Shake up African Education

Article March 24, 2015

Bridge International Academies is featured in the Wall Street Journal for its scalable education model and its work to increase educational opportunities in Africa.

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From the Blog

Making People Count

March 23, 2015

Sometimes the toughest problems can be tackled by the simplest of solutions. Consider Makena. She is a bright, energetic 13 year-old who lives with her family in Kibera in Nairobi – the largest urban slum in Africa.

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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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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:
$762
million
For-profit investments since inception:
$341
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$421
million