A World of Positive Returns

Insights

Moving Beyond the Tradeoff Debate

Article December 12, 2016

Matt Bannick and Paula Goldman challenge myths about the relationship between financial returns and social impact.

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Newsroom

Martin Tisné Discusses Recently Launched Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund

Multimedia January 18, 2017

Martin Tisné spoke with Cheddar TV regarding the new fund started by Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman to research artificial intelligence for the public interest.

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From the Blog

Why We Invested: Flutterwave

January 19, 2017

Ameya Upadhyay shares how Flutterwave is streamlining the fragmented payments market in Africa.

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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:
$1
billion
For-profit investments since inception:
$478
million
Nonprofit grants since inception:
$525
million