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Scaling solutions that create high positive impact

In order to become a part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s portfolio, each organization needs to meet a clear set of criteria and pass a rigorous due diligence process.

Our portfolio organizations have proven, scalable models that address the basic needs of underserved populations. By providing access to products, services and opportunities in one of our focus sectors, our portfolio organizations share our mission of empowering disadvantaged people and contributing to prosperous ecosystems and communities.

Social organizations ready to scale

We strive to realize the full potential of our portfolio organizations. Especially during critical early expansion stages, it takes the right type of support at the right time to reach the next level. Capital is an important component, but often not enough to build strong, sustainable organizations and companies. LGT Venture Philanthropy provides “intelligent capital” by combining philanthropic capital with access to experienced professionals, networks, management know-how, and strategic guidance for the entire duration of our multi-year engagement.

Selection process

A transparent and efficient implementation is paramount to LGT Venture Philanthropy’s engagements. Based on proven investment and management principles, we conduct a rigorous due diligence process prior to our engagement decisions.

Criteria

A clear set of criteria apply to all organizations that want to become part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s portfolio. We only consider organizations that have:

  • Alignment with LGT Venture Philanthropy’s mission and values, regional and focus sectors
  • An effective, scalable solution to a social and/or environmental problem with demonstrable social impact
  • A proven (business) model that can be scaled or replicated
  • A dedicated and professional management team with an excellent track record
  • Effective methods to evaluate both financial and social performance
  • Willingness to undergo detailed due diligence and to report on the progress of their activities on a regular basis

LGT Venture Philanthropy does not consider:

  • Organizations or companies with controversial business activities (e.g. ammunition, tobacco, gambling etc.)
  • Businesses that engage in lobbying, political or religious activities
  • Organizations focused on deficit reduction, emergency or disaster relief, or humanitarian issues
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation
  • Land acquisition or the construction or major renovation of facilities
  • Individuals, events or conferences

"I think the big difference is that LGT Venture Philanthropy ranks impact first. Most other investors expect market-rate returns. But how could we deliver them given the nature of our work? LGT Venture Philanthropy understands the multi-facetted needs of organizations and companies in early growth stages."

Sabrina Mustopo, Founder, Krakakoa