We’ve cast a wide net for potential focus areas, incorporating information on the history of philanthropy as well as what today’s foundations focus on. We’ve sought focus areas that are strong on some combination of the following criteria:

  • Importance

    How many individuals does this issue affect, and how deeply?

  • Neglectedness

    All else equal, we prefer causes that receive less attention from other actors, particularly other major philanthropists.

  • Tractability

    We look for clear ways in which a funder could contribute to progress.

So far, we’ve concentrated on selecting focus areas in two broad categories: Global Health & Wellbeing and Longtermism. We occasionally also provide support to other grantmaking areas that fall outside of our current priorities.

Current Focus Areas