Initiatives. Initiatives are built around well-developed strategies for concentrated investments, focused on the long-term and achieving significant impact. Initiatives are characterized by a portfolio approach to grantmaking, and other engagements of the Foundation, to pursue ambitious, large-scale outcomes. Initiatives constitute about 80% of the Foundation’s grantmaking.
Program grants. Program grants are directly in service of the program theory of change and goals. Individual research and development grants explore new program strategies and new initiatives.
We collaborate with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), on over 25 projects enabled by our $300 million grant, in areas as far-ranging as astrophysics, geology and the study of the brain. In addition, the Program works with researchers from many leading universities including Brown University, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, San Diego State University, Rutgers University, Stanford University, University of California, University of Chicago, University of Georgia, University of Guelph, University of Hawaii, University of Miami, University of Queensland, University of Southern California, and University of Washington.