how we define strategy
We focus on big problems where we can make the greatest impact. To bring about the kind of change that can give all people the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives, our investments must be highly strategic and focused on results. We take risks, we push for new solutions, and we believe in the transformative power of science and technology.
We start by defining our major goals in the world and what we want to accomplish for people. Then we identify a path to get there and determine how we will execute to achieve those goals. This helps us get clear on what we choose to invest in and why, and how we can partner with others to maximize impact.
We pursue issues like health inequity in Africa, persistent poverty throughout the developing world, and the decline of public education in the United States. Although these problems are wildly disparate, they all share the characteristics of being deeply rooted, dynamic, and complex. None will be solved easily, none will be solved tomorrow, and none will be solved by us alone.
We Cannot Do It Alone
Our grantees and partners are at the center of our work. To create solutions with impact, we seek mutual understanding and collaborative partnerships. We engage with our grantees and partners in a spirit of trust, candid communication, and complete transparency.
The problems we seek to solve demand the coordination and focus of leaders, governments, private sector resources, communities, and individuals. We believe in the power of partnership. We bring together the best and brightest people in the world to envision change and build the path to get there. Together, we work for a world where all can thrive.