How did NoVo decide what to fund?

22 June 2012

Peter and Jennifer Buffett hold the meaning of the word “philanthropist” (“philo” -the love of, and “anthro” -human beings) as a core value.

In deciding what to focus on, they wanted to step back, look at the big picture, and address root causes to maximize their philanthropy’s lasting impact. They met with hundreds of thought leaders, and traveled around the globe to observe, listen, and learn. They sought to understand systems and interconnections so as to make catalytic, holistic, and thoughtful funding choices. Strong patterns became clear to them: The world was out of balance and systems were based on domination, competition, and exploitation. They looked for the best ways to support changes that fostered greater collaboration and partnership in all spheres of life.