We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. Yet around the world, billions of people are excluded from full participation in the political, economic, and cultural systems that shape their lives.

We view this fundamental inequality as the defining challenge of our time, one that limits the potential of all people, everywhere. Addressing inequality is at the center of everything we do.

What’s driving inequality

We have identified five underlying drivers of inequality—common factors that, worldwide, contribute to inequality’s many manifestations.



What we work on

To address and respond to these drivers, we work and make grants in seven interconnected areas that together, we believe, can help challenge inequality.



Inequality areas

How we work

How we work is as important as what we work on. Throughout our history, the foundation’s approach has been characterized by a continuous emphasis on building institutions and networks, investing in individuals and leadership, and supporting new ideas. These are our three I’s.



While the specifics of our grants have evolved over the years, our commitment to investing in institutions, individuals, and ideas has remained constant. And it persists—reflecting our belief that social change is best served by a strong, diverse community of people dedicated to advancing human dignity and challenging inequality.