About Us

NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. We support the development of capacities in people—individually and collectively—to help create a caring and balanced world. We envision a world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, thereby reversing the old paradigm predicated on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.

How We Work

We place a high priority on a compassionate view of the world and on the highest definition of philanthropy — in the roots of the words anthro and philo — “for the love of human beings.” NoVo sees itself as a learning organization and we believe we can be most impactful by being aware of the interconnectedness of all things.

We structure our grantmaking around initiatives, rather than by program areas. These initiatives are varied in form, but all reflect our commitment to building authentic partnerships with grantees and other funders, and to taking calculated risks.

Jennifer Buffett introduces NoVo Foundation
and our goals for change.


  • A note to partners

    On Friday, November 11, the NoVo Foundation shared the following note with our grantee partners.   “Long as the hummingbird […]

  • NoVo is Hiring: Staff Accountant

    The NoVo Foundation is hiring a Staff Accountant. The Staff Accountant will play a key role in supporting NoVo’s increased programmatic […]