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NILO FOUNDATION

Our 
Mission

At NILO Foundation, we aim to build a more just and regenerative future where individuals and communities thrive and rely on each other. 

 

We pursue this mission by forming long-term, trust-based partnerships with charities in Europe and the UK. 

Our work is grounded in empirical evidence across three critical and interconnected domains: individual well-being, social cohesion, and environmental sustainability. 

HOW WE WORK

We proactively look for organisations that align with our mission and values and build close ties with them. Through a deep understanding of their work and priorities, we establish a partnership plan that includes evergreen and unrestricted funding alongside strategic support in various areas, such as fundraising and impact evaluation. Importantly, we maintain the expertise and autonomy of our partners at the centre of the process.

This approach is designed to provide the space and resources for our partners to iterate, test and learn, therefore enhancing their organisational resilience and overall contribution to social change.

OUR VALUES

SUPPORTING
SYSTEMS-CHANGE

We adopt a systemic view of a problem by conducting in-depth research and connecting with experts and people at the heart of it. We then build a portfolio of partners among frontline charities, advocacy groups and think-tanks, with the aim of acting on different levers of the ecosystem.

ENCOURAGING COLLABORATION

Our high-level viewpoint as a funder working in different regions of the world gives us access to a rich ecosystem of philanthropic initiatives. We regularly exchange with peers to explore opportunities for co-learning and co-action, and we encourage our partners to convene regularly.

LEARNING
AND REFLECTING 

A core element of our approach is to experiment, reflect, and iterate. We aim to draw upon many traditions of philanthropy, thoughtfully using theories and schools of thought that feel most appropriate to the given context and issue, and regularly reviewing our posture and methods as a funder.

Thematics

We work on underfunded yet critical issues at the intersection of wellbeing, social cohesion and sustainability. Discover our current programmes:

Get in Touch

If you want to discuss, bounce off ideas, or understand better our grant-making strategy, fill up the form or send us an email at info@nilofoundation.org.
Please note that due to the nature of our work and our proactive sourcing of partners, we do not consider uninvited funding proposals. 

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