Atlantic Philanthropies

What We Believe

For more than 30 years, The Atlantic Philanthropies have made grants that seek to advance opportunity and lasting change for those who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life’s circumstances.

At the heart of our work is the belief that all people have the right to opportunity, equity and dignity.

As a limited life foundation, our grantmaking has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by our Founding Chairman Chuck Feeney’s approach to philanthropy, characterised by personal engagement, modesty, pragmatism, good-value investments and his belief in Giving While Living.

In keeping with the founder’s Giving While Living philosophy, we believe in making large investments to capitalise on significant opportunities to solve urgent problems now, so they are less likely to become larger, more entrenched and more expensive challenges later. In so doing, we also seek to encourage others of significant wealth to engage in major philanthropic pursuits in their lifetime. We will become the largest foundation in history to conclude our grantmaking in our donor’s lifetime. We will complete active grantmaking by 2016 and distribute our entire endowment and close our doors shortly thereafter.

Over the years, two fundamental themes have carried through our Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, Reconciliation & Human Rights and Founding Chairman programmes: 

The quality of our lives is inextricably linked to our health.

Across our grantmaking areas, grantees have targeted distinct deficits in health provision to address the needs of vulnerable populations, and built sustainable human and physical capital to reduce and eliminate those deficits. Some examples include: 

The freedoms and advances of humanity are nourished by education.

Atlantic has made investments both within and outside the walls of educational institutions, as well as in efforts to create an informed citizenry. Some examples include:

We are extremely proud of the work of our grantees and their achievements to date to make positive changes for millions of people around the world.

Laying Foundations for Change

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