At Open Endowment, our goal is not only to maximize the return on charitable funds while they are inside the endowment, but also after they have been put into the hands of the operating organizations that our Philanthropists support.
Our view of the non-profit world is that charitable money that is focused on solving root causes with innovative solutions will bring about more change than simply putting more money into a given cause area. Of course, it's impossible to determine which goals are more important than others. However, it is not impossible to figure out which organizations are most effective in their area of impact.
We view our philanthropic community as a group of people who are in the business of investing in charitable organizations. Each person is making a long-run investment with the expectation that it will contribute to a meaningful difference in the state of the world for future generations.
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