Engaging Philanthropy in the Sustainable Development Goals

Funding gap

To end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, global leaders have agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve by 2030. These global goals lay out an extraordinary but ambitious vision for our future. The government, private sector, civil society and individuals will all have to do their part to reach these goals. With a $2.5 trillion funding gap and an amplified need for innovation, philanthropy will have a critical role to play in the realization of the SDGs. By joining in collaborative partnerships with government and gaining a seat at the table to engage in national development plans, foundations can scale their impact for more sustainable change.

Connecting & Convening

The SDG Philanthropy Platform brings foundations and their grantees to work on national plans for the SDGs with the government and UN. We build connections on the ground and through our digital community platform. To date, the Platform has engaged over 1,500 stakeholders in our global network.

Building Collaborative Pathways

Once we bring stakeholders together, we utilize the collective expertise of our partners to develop pathways where philanthropy and government can collaborate. These pathways define key funding and innovation areas that will accelerate progress towards the SDGs. We have developed 11 scalable pathways to achieve the SDGs.

Catalyzing Innovation

By connecting key stakeholders and building collaborative pathways for local SDG action, we set the stage to catalyze and fund innovative approaches to solve the world's most pressing problems. Through rich data, ecosystem mapping, and robust networks we connect foundations to initiatives that accelerate progress towards the SDGs. To date, we have funded 8 innovative projects that are using dynamic approaches to ensure safe, universal, and affordable access to water in Ghana, foster Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Kenya, and promote the well-being of children in Zambia.

Where we work