Our Mission

Find out more about our core beliefs.

 
 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to change lives by assisting people to achieve greater self-sufficiency for themselves and their families, providing them with tools to help them help themselves.

This mission is bounded by our values of integrity, bringing business discipline to nonprofits, being entrepreneurial and creative, and our commitment to have an investment approach that seeks to get the highest social return we can from every grant or PRI we make.

In addition to fulfilling this mission, we hope that each of our grants or PRI’s captures something in our hearts as well.

We believe that:

  1. Nonprofit organizations can benefit from the application of business discipline, business approaches, and a focus on customer service. Program-related investments and social impact bonds are effective means of achieving this discipline.

  2. The best investments for us are in people: to equip them to advance economically, to achieve their full, human potential, and to provide for themselves and their families.

  3. In almost all cases, optimal decisions about individual welfare can be made by individuals themselves. People, families, and small businesses are better equipped to make decisions about their resource allocation than governments or other large bureaucracies. Therefore, we aim to channel resources ultimately to individuals and small organizations, focusing on bottoms up solutions to social problems rather than tops down solutions.

  4. Expanding access to high-quality education is fundamental to the continuance of the American democracy and our technological creativity.

  5. The encouragement of entrepreneurship is the best regional economic development policy.

  6. Other things being equal, competition improves resource allocation and service delivery.

  7. Integrity, honesty, kindness, and open interaction are fundamental to building the trust necessary to accomplish positive social change.

  8. Environmental sustainability and minimal detrimental environmental impact are important considerations for us in any activity we undertake.

  9. Those who have received from society have an obligation to give back to it.

Read more about our investment strategies and funding guidelines.