As we attempt to tackle the biggest, most intractable challenges facing the planet in the decades ahead, we call upon a wide variety of tools to help us maximize impact.
Because Omidyar Network has a hybrid structure that combines a limited liability company (LCC) with a private philanthropic foundation, we can make grants to nonprofit organizations to fund everything from research to convenings, white papers, and especially general operating support, and everything (501c3 compliant, of course) in between.
Our LLC enables us to invest in innovative for-profit startups that are tackling social challenges with an entrepreneurial spirit. It also allows us to invest in not-for-profits beyond public charities, such as 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. Policy, politics, ballot initiatives, and direct advocacy are critical ways Omidyar Network leverages our resources to support the organizations driving change we hope to see in the world.
We publish our grants and investments, as well as our points of view for the more durable areas of our work. We do this to enable those who work with us—and those who might disagree with us—to have clarity on what we are trying to achieve. Although we express our own viewpoints, we know that the hard work of generating impact, developing new ideas, advocating for policy, and other activities will largely be done by those we fund and those with whom we partner.
The Exploration and Future Sensing team is at the heart of Omidyar Network’s commitment to focus on the emerging issues in society. Our team scans for emergent signals and trends, imagines alternative futures, and conducts experiments on new avenues of change. Our research, diverse network, and early experiments provide critical insights that we can use today to prepare for what may come.