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.

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Newsroom

Tech Companies Struggle to Get World on Internet

Article April 22, 2015

Ruma's mobile platform is featured in the Wall Street Journal for its successful efforts in bringing people in poor communities in Indonesia online, helping them to increase their earnings and improve their lives.

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From the Blog

FORUM2015: How FES Unleashed the Power of the Commons

April 21, 2015

At Omidyar Network, we often refer to property rights as one of the world’s most underused solutions to economic empowerment that is hiding in plain sight.

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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:
$772
million
For-profit investments since inception:
$346
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$426
million