We have a longstanding commitment to giving back. That's why the vast majority of money we invest is on behalf of non-profits and schools.

As your company prospers, it’s fighting HIV, funding scholarships and planting sustainable crops. You’re not just building a business; you’re building a better world.


More than 20% of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions are a result of deforestation in the developing world. Local people only control about 30% of the forests there.

The Ford Foundation is funding programs designed to double community ownership of forests over the next 20 years.


When communities in the developing world control nearby forests good things happen. It leads to more jobs and higher living standards. Most important, they don’t chop down all the trees.

If successful, the foundation’s efforts could be key weapons in the battle to slow climate change and improve the lives of indigenous people.

Each year, about 250 schools, hospitals, art organizations and community groups across the Pacific Northwest receive more than $30 million in grants from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Last year, it helped the Mount Baker Theatre bring world-renowned performers to Bellingham, Wash.; an Alaskan town restore a native chief’s house; and Saint Martin’s University build a new applied sciences building.

These are the anchor institutions that help communities thrive. These grants create a ripple effect that makes life better for all families.Steve Moore, Executive Director

“When you do your work, it helps us do great things like this.”

More than 20% of California’s high-school students don’t graduate in four years.

Linked Learning is a proven approach to education backed by the James Irvine Foundation that combines rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities and personalized support.

“Students who participate in Linked Learning tend to have higher test scores and graduate at a higher rate than their peers.”— Anne Stanton, Youth Program Director


Soon, the program will expand to nearly 60,000 students. Eventually, it could reach as many as 1 in 6 of the state's high-school students, or about 300,000 kids.

The work done at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology changes the world. MIT graduates invented the transistor radio, email and vacuum-cleaning robots, among countless other breakthroughs.

The school’s endowment helps fund cutting-edge research to reimagine transportation, eradicate cancer, improve cyber security and create robotic prosthetic devices for amputees.

To ensure that the next generation of science and engineering leaders come from diverse backgrounds, MIT provides financial aid to more than 60% of students.


For years, educational organizations in the developing world focused on building schools and hiring teachers. But while more students now attend school, many aren’t learning—especially students from poorer backgrounds who start behind and never catch up.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation works with organizations in India and Africa to develop programs that ensure all students receive a quality education. Early results are promising.

Right now, children in India and Africa aren’t getting the education they deserve. The good news is that our grantees are showing that if you give teachers the right tools to teach reading and math, their students can succeed.— Dana Schmidt, Program Officer
Only 30% of children from ultra-poor households are able to pass standard tests.
20% of children in upper primary school do not even possess the basic reading and numeracy skill expected in lower primary.
Less than half of children can read at a minimum level.
Only a quarter of children can do simple division or subtraction.
Almost half of all children receive private education or tutoring as the public system struggles.

The Smithsonian Institution has an ambitious goal to sequence the DNA of every life form on the planet.

The museums of the world have been collecting biodiversity for centuries and sticking it on a shelf. But recent breakthroughs in genomics allow for so much more.

Understanding the makeup of these organisms could lead to the discoveries of new drugs or help identify the outbreak of new diseases.

By creating the 21st century museum we will do a better job of enabling 22nd and 23rd century science.— Lee Weigt, LAB Director, Smithsonian

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
At Janelia Farm, 300 scientists in more than 50 labs are trying to unlock the secrets of human consciousness by conducting the basic research critical for future breakthroughs. “It’s a 50- to 100-year problem,” says Gerry Rubin, the research center’s executive director.

One lab visualized the activity of all the neurons in the brain of a zebrafish. Others study fruit flies and develop next-generation imaging technology. Scientists today still know so little about the human brain and the discoveries made at Janelia Farm are important early steps.

In 20 years you should be able to look at the body of our work and say that without us there would be a noticeable hole in the scientific world.— Gerry Rubin, Executive Director

Boston Children’s Hospital serves as a safety-net hospital for the most critically-ill children and those from low-income families. It’s also one of the few places pioneering new treatments for minors.

One team of researchers at Children’s developed a way to keep patients’ brains functioning—even when their hearts and lungs have stopped—by injecting oxygen bubbles directly into their blood.

Children’s surgeons also developed a way to help children born with half a heart essentially grow a whole one.


Learn more about the founders and companies whose work help make these—and future—efforts possible.

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Ford Foundation

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

James Irvine Foundation

MIT Investment Management Co.

William and Flora Hewlett

Smithsonian Institution

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Boston Children's Hospital