how we work

OUR FUNDING CRITERIA

SHARED FOCUS AND VERIFIABLE IMPACT

We provide grants to non-profit organisations who:

  • Share our values: respect, trust, integrity and compassion;
  • Operate in our four focus areas: Access to basic services, Women’s social and economic development, Sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems, and Emergency response;
  • Measure their impact through rigorous data collection; and
  • Are ambitious about scaling their work to benefit as many people as possible.

In exceptional cases, we also fund early-stage initiatives that we believe will go on to create long-term positive impact.

PROACTIVE PARTNERING

We actively reach out to potential partners and perform our own due diligence. We don’t accept unsolicited proposals.

HOW WE FUND

A TRUE PARTNERSHIP

Our partners are our allies in the fight against poverty and lack of opportunity. Our collaboration with them is based on dialogue, transparency, and trust that they know best.

We have simplified our processes to save our partners’ time and energy for their core work.

We visit their teams in the field to better understand local context and dynamics, the issues and challenges communities are facing, and how our partners’ work is progressing.

LONG-TERM, FLEXIBLE FUNDING

We provide flexible funding to our partners and commit to funding them for as long as they are delivering results.

BEYOND MONEY

In order to create long-term social impact, we offer our partners additional support beyond allocating grants. This support can include

  • Participating in strategy discussions
  • Making introductions to other funders or providing references
  • Investing in studies and research and sharing our learnings
  • Providing consulting services on specific topics, such as data science and behaviour change strategies
  • Promoting their work through Cartier Philanthropy’s communication platforms

JOINING FORCES

We’re building a community of like-minded partners committed to impactful philanthropy.
We are a member of Big Bang Philanthropy, Swiss Foundations, OECD’s Network of Foundations Working for Development, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Theory of the Foundation initiative and the Wash Funders Group.