Catalyzing prosperity and building opportunity for all
Our mission is to help build strong and healthy nations that provide all people the opportunity to unleash their creative and entrepreneurial potential. It’s a mission that inspires our work and informs how we approach it.
We provide grant capital to social-purpose organizations building the conditions for broad-based prosperity, with a particular focus on:
We partner with investors and social-purpose organizations to help build a movement for philanthropy and social investment that makes lasting change.
The great challenge of our time is ensuring that the door of opportunity is open for every person on the planet, regardless of where they are born. We believe collaboration is central to overcoming that challenge. Social-purpose organizations, working in partnership with government and supported by thoughtful social investors, can help nations become well-governed, marketplaces become vibrant and fair, and local communities flourish.READ MORE
What if instead of trying to fix the intractable problem of poverty, we instead focused on building and broadening prosperity for all?
What if instead of addressing symptoms caused by ineffective governments and dysfunctional markets, we focused more attention on improving governance and building vibrant and fair marketplaces? Governments and markets – not philanthropy – play the most important roles in determining whether and how the world addresses our current challenges. We believe philanthropy would be more impactful if more of it was directed at improving governance and marketplace systems and structures.
A New Paradigm
We are advocating for a new paradigm: A top-down approach coupled with a bottom-up view that tackles good governance, smart policies, and improvements to the dynamics of marketplace structures. Only by addressing these enabling conditions, can we help create an environment in which basic healthcare, basic education, and economic opportunity reach all.
Transformational Growth Demands New Ways of Thinking
The untapped potential of humankind animates and inspires everything we do. It is the basis of the Chandler Prosperity Model, a holistic framework for social-purpose organizations, governments, businesses, and philanthropists to close the gap by promoting good governance, advancing the structural conditions that allow for job-creating entrepreneurs and businesses to flourish, as well as health, education, and economic opportunity for all.
Finding More Ways to Direct Resources to Solving Big Problems is Imperative
We believe that by mobilizing an ever-widening movement to help build the conditions for a greater and shared prosperity, we can help transform communities, build vibrant marketplaces, and develop strong nations.
The Chandler Prosperity Model
The Chandler Prosperity Model provides a framework that bridges philanthropy, civil society, business, and government to achieve a more holistic understanding of building and broadening prosperity.
The Prosperity Puzzle
The model calls for considering all the different “pieces” of the prosperity puzzle and then making social investments with an understanding of their interconnected nature. It helps us recognize that solutions must be both top-down (unleashing the Governance Waterfall) and bottom-up (helping individuals climb the Social Mobility Ladder).
The Chandler Prosperity Model encourages a more holistic mindset and reveals that execution involves collaboration across, between, and among the political, economic, and social communities. It suggests we should be wary of thinking in silos and acting in isolation if we wish to create systemic and sustainable change. The model reminds us of the limits of aid and charity targeted at the symptoms of a problem – and suggests the power of collaborative, cross-sector, and systemic approaches in building a more prosperous world.
We believe thriving individuals, organizations, and societies have a moral center. Recognizing that we cannot influence what we do not practice, we aspire to model the values we seek in our partners.
Solving Big Problems
Our organization exists to identify and catalyze solutions for the world's big problems.
We achieve this by investing in organizations that share our purpose and values, and by using our influence to help shape the culture and practices of the social investment industry.
Humility is the heart of learning and serving others.
We value wisdom and receptiveness to growth over intellect and achievement. We believe that humble people are teachable learners and are more capable of selflessly serving others. We nurture servant-heartedness and seek to share this core value with those we serve and work alongside.
Excellence is a life-long discipline; successful organizations understand this and make it a daily responsibility.
We believe excellence is a part of the journey, not a destination. We are constantly seeking to improve the way we do things through Rapid Incremental Innovation and other programs.
Integrity is non-negotiable, and the bedrock on which strong individuals, communities, and organizations stand.
Integrity means choosing right over the convenient. It involves telling the truth, putting principles before profits and taking the noble path, not the easy path. At the Chandler Foundation, we value ethics and good governance, and we expect the same of our partners.
Effective social change philanthropy requires imagination and innovation.
We nurture creativity to spark innovation in our own work and seek a like-minded approach in our partners. We think outside the box and also do not mind taking a respectful, contrarian view because this frequently allows for rapid incremental improvement, and, ultimately, provides lasting solutions to big problems.
We engage in honest
self-reflection and confront brutal facts.
We strive to live up to our values and stay focused on our mission – building prosperous societies flourishing with everyone’s creativity. Results matter and we cannot make progress without truth and transparency.