OVERVIEW: The Omidyar Network considers global development broadly and centers its grantmaking efforts on economic and political empowerment. Omidyar supports both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
IP TAKE: This can be a tough funder to access but its major resources, wide interests, and flexibility in approach means plenty of possible opportunities for support.
PROFILE: The Omidyar Network is the brainchild of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam, a geneticist by training. The Omidyar Network, formerly the Omidyar Foundation, was founded in 1998 to help nonprofits empower people to create lasting change in their own lives. But, in 2004, more attuned to the role the private sector could play in changing things, the Omidyar Foundation became the Omidyar Network. It would continue its support of nonprofit entrepreneurship and development projects but it would add private-sector investments to its portfolio. Omidyar supports both nonprofit and for-profit organizations based on the reasoning that no single sector of the economy has a monopoly on the ability to do good.
While Omidyar supports both nonprofit and for-profit portfolios, it tends to support nonprofits more. Omidyar's grantmaking focuses on the following priorities: Digital Identity, Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, Impact Investing and Property Rights.
This foundation seeks catalytic projects likely to make profound and positive societal impacts. The Omidyar Network does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.
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