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.
Read more about the Chandler Prosperity Model here.
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.
Trust is the currency for shared prosperity.
We always seek to build trust equity, which is the foundation for fair, just, and prosperous societies.
We seek to create positive change in the world.
We are dedicated to changing the systems that hold back equitable opportunity and shared prosperity by addressing root causes, not symptoms.
Integrity is non-negotiable, and the bedrock on which strong individuals, communities, and organizations stand.
Integrity means choosing what is right over what is convenient. It means being guided by strong ethics that are supported by good governance.
Collaboration is imperative for solving big problems.
The world's problems are too complex and entrenched to tackle alone. We seek out partners whenever possible.
Humility is at the heart of serving others
We value wisdom and lifetime learning. We know that we do not have all the answers, and we seek out feedback and knowledge from those who are more proximate to the problem at hand.