Our Vision and Approach
Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative for systems change focused on improving the lives of millions of people around the world.
We believe collaboration is key to solving the world’s most pressing challenges. We’re bringing together philanthropists, social change leaders, governments, non-profits, and the private sector to collectively drive enduring impact.
Co-Impact is a partnership of results-oriented donors who want to give and learn together, and are pooling resources, networks, and expertise to drive lasting change at scale. Co-Impact will invest $500 million with the goals of advancing education, improving people’s health, and providing economic opportunity so that all people, no matter where they live, have a more hopeful future.
We are taking a systems change approach – improving individual lives by fundamentally addressing the broken systems that underlie social issues. Systems change engages the central actors associated with a social issue – local communities, nonprofits, governments, business, donors, and others – to work together, resulting in lasting impact at a scale beyond what any one actor could achieve alone.
Today, there are few effective mechanisms to match leaders looking to solve social issues at scale with the philanthropists interested in providing the right size and kinds of capital, and the partners needed to succeed. As a result, donors must invest significant time and resources to find, vet, and manage even one game-changing investment, and social change leaders must devote extraordinary time and energy to piecing together disparate and often insufficient funding.
We want to address these barriers to creating large-scale social change. Our systems change grants will be up to $50 million over several years, and will go to initiatives with proven leaders and results which are poised to scale even further. We will also offer support for things such as strategic planning, program management, technology, policy and advocacy, government relations, monitoring and evaluation, and leveraging additional funding.
We spent the last year conducting extensive due diligence and field research, and have been inspired by the many initiatives that are driving real results at the systems level. We plan to make our first set of systems change grants in the first half of 2018. We will continue to source additional opportunities and make more investments in the years to come.
Co-Impact’s initial core partners include Richard Chandler, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jeff Skoll, Dr. Romesh and Kathy Wadhwani, and The Rockefeller Foundation. In addition to its role as a core partner, The Rockefeller Foundation has incubated Co-Impact and will provide staff, significant operating funds, and ongoing strategic support.The EkStep Foundation, co-founded by Rohini and Nandan Nilekani, will serve as our technical partner.
We are excited to add core partners and co-investors in specific projects or geographies, and to create a network of additional philanthropists to learn and work along with us.
Olivia Leland, Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation and founding director of the Giving Pledge, is the founder of Co-Impact and will be Co-Impact’s CEO.
We are a community of philanthropists investing deeply and over the long-term in systems change to improve the lives of millions by advancing education, improving people’s health, and providing economic opportunity.
Co-Impact’s Unique Collaborative Model:
Co-Impact connects philanthropists and social change leaders from around the world who share a vision of driving change at scale
Co-Impact supports proven health, education, and economic opportunity initiatives that deliver enduring results for millions of people
Co-Impact leverages capital and non-financial resources by inviting others to join, co-invest, and learn alongside, to magnify the impact of systems change initiatives
Systems change improves people’s lives by bringing together the relevant actors – local communities, nonprofits, governments, business, donors, and others – to address broken systems and solve social problems at scale.