Our approach Partnering locally to deliver maximum impact

Our strength as a funder lies in our tailored, hands-on approach that goes beyond funding: We seek to enable our partners’ success through the right mix of grant funding, business expertise and access to relevant networks. We offer our portfolio organizations flexible, multi-year core funding and commit to active value creation, informed by deep due diligence and delivered through local teams and LGT Impact Fellows. 

Comprehensive support

1. Local teams, locally based organizations

Together with our regional teams, we support proven models designed to scale in the local context, delivered by organizations that are embedded in the communities they serve

2. Flexible core funding

We provide multi-year, tailored philanthropic capital to strengthen organizational capacity, while maintaining flexibility to respond quickly to changing needs

3. Strategic business expertise

We commit to active value creation informed by deep due diligence and a 16-year track record, and provide hands-on strategic support through our team, LGT Impact Fellows and partners

4. Portfolio of complementary solutions

We develop thesis-driven strategies and build thematic portfolios of complementary solutions that create synergies to enable enduring systemic change

5. Long-term, trusted partnerships

We cultivate collaborative relationships with our portfolio organizations and actively build networks of partners around our engagements to catalyze collective impact

Our strategy Thesis-driven strategies across three themes

LGT Venture Philanthropy develops thesis-driven strategies across our three themes of education, health and the environment. Our strategies and approach are based on a strong track record and geared toward building thematic portfolios of solutions that create synergies to enable enduring systemic change. 

Themes Achieving lasting systemic change with curated thematic portfolios

Within each of our themes, we have identified what we believe are the areas with the strongest potential for impact and most urgent need for philanthropic funding: 

Investment process

We commit institutional investment and intentional value creation across the lifecycle of our engagements:

Pipeline and due diligence
  • Sourced through established global networks and local teams
  • Aligned with strategy and thematic portfolios
  • Deep due diligence 
  • Assessing business and management quality, risk and capabilities
  • Assessing impact evidence, potential and risks through LGT Venture Philanthropy proprietary framework aligned with international standards

Execution and value creation
  • Multi-year, long-term grant agreement
  • Focus on value-drivers such as impact, management quality and partnerships
  • Strategic collaboration by joining advisory boards or strategic brain trusts
  • LGT Impact Fellowship cooperation
  • Leveraging portfolio synergies
  • Verifying impact 
  • Sharing learnings and networks 

  • Average duration of engagements: five to ten years
  • Transparent end-of-engagement modalities
  • Modalities agreed mutually before engagement
  • Coordinated wind-down of engagement

Partnerships Central to our investment approach

LGT Venture Philanthropy cultivates collaborative, trusted and long-term partnerships with our portfolio organizations that are mutually beneficial, catalyze impact and allow for deep engagement and shared learning. Network partners include experts and peer funders, as well as strategic alliances for knowledge.

Educate Girls, Students in Classroom

Portfolio partnership

Read more about a pioneering partnership in India, now in its tenth year

Strategic alliances

Learn why we co-designed an M&E Health Check tool to improve data management capacity. 

Community Healthcare worker

Partnering in our network

Read how we worked with our network of social entrepreneurs to address a global health crisis

Read more about LGT Venture Philanthropy’s work, browse the latest news updates, and meet the people working in the field as LGT Impact Fellows.

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