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Scaling solutions that create high positive impact

Before considering a new engagement, we require each organization or company to be aligned with our mission, meet a clear set of criteria, and pass a rigorous due diligence process.

Our portfolio organizations and companies have found effective, innovative and scalable solutions to social and environmental challenges. By providing access to essential goods and services that improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people, or protecting and restoring the environment, they share our mission of empowering disadvantaged people and contributing to healthy ecosystems and prosperous, resilient communities.

Organizations ready to scale

Our portfolio organizations and companies have the potential to improve the quality of life of millions of disadvantaged people. LGT Venture Philanthropy seeks to support their growth throughout our multi-year engagements.

In potential portfolio organizations, we look for:

  • Strong management
  • Scalable and innovative models
  • Community focused/community involvement
  • Using new/disruptive technology including financing
  • Data driven

Selection process

A transparent and efficient implementation is at the core of 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 applies to all organizations and companies that want to become part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s portfolio. 

Organization and management quality

  • Alignment with LGT Venture Philanthropy’s mission and values, regional and focus sectors
  • Does the CEO and/or senior management have the relevant business experience and track record?

Effectiveness of solution

  • How strong is the proof of the solution? Existing successful pilot/solution available?
  • Does the solution go to the root of the problem? Is the idea capable of systemic change?
  • Does technology act as a powerful enabler?

Growth potential

  • What is the potential to scale/replicate this solution? (across regions, countries)

Efficiency of implementation

  • How focused is the organization in implementing the solution? How many (# and type) programs are being implemented?
  • How well is a 3-5 year implementation plan formalized?
  • How well are 3-5 year financial projections formalized?

Exclusion Criteria

  • LGT VPs support should not distort local markets
  • Controversial business activities (ammuition, tobacco, gambling, etc.)
  • Sponsoring of individuals, events and conferences
  • Political or religious activities/involvement and lobbying
  • Deals at the idea stage, pre-seed, seed and start-up financing
  • Deficit funding or deficit reduction
  • Emergency/disaster relief, humanitarian support
  • Academic research/awareness building initiatives
  • Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, physical disability or sexual orientation
  • Land acquisition, facilities construction or major renovation of facilities

"We are tremendously grateful to partner with LGT Venture Philanthropy. LGT is much more than a funder; they are a strategic partner with vast knowledge and experience working with social organizations focused on achieving impact. The guidance and expertise of LGT Venture Philanthropy has been invaluable to Last Mile Health as we grow as an organization."

Raj Panjabi, Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health