Impact partner profile


A world where all women, men, and children can reach their full potential

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Location of HQ
33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0DT, United Kingdom 420 5th Ave | 19th Floor, New York, NY 10018, United States of America | c/o VALUEworks, Seefeldstrasse 60, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Partnership date with Thankyou
September 2020
Area of focus
Health, Education, Economic Opportunity, and Gender Equality
Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

Co-Impact is a global collaborative of philanthropists and foundations who are coming together to fund large-scale systems change. This involves supporting coalitions that are based in the countries which they work, to build resilient and sustainable societies where women, men, and children can reach their full potential. Co-Impact uses open and transparent processes to identify coalitions of local communities, nonprofits, governments, and in some cases, businesses that are solving social injustices at scale. At the core of their model is a commitment to using an intersectional and gender-inclusive lens to support these partners to marshal the resources, technical capacity, and political will for enduring change.

Co-Impact recognise that there are many paths to systems change. They believe that partners who have the local relationships and know-how are best placed to achieve and sustain results for the communities they ultimately seek to serve.

The nature of the model developed by Co-Impact works to establish and maintain true partnerships rooted in mutual respect and trust. They provide flexible grants for initiatives that are highly focused on outcomes, and are accountable to the lives of the millions of people these initiatives hope to serve.

Current funders include Richard Chandler, The ELMA Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates, Rohini and Nandan Nilekani, The Rockefeller Foundation, MacKenzie Scott, and Jeff Skoll. Co-Impact aims to encourage further philanthropic givers to support initiatives that assist in strong, holistic, large-scale solutions. Co-Impact also aims to catalyse more philanthropy towards supporting systems change and to influence philanthropy to be more effective.

Co-Impact believe in a world where all women, men, and children can reach their full potential irrespective of their birth circumstances. Their first fund (2017-2026) aims to impact at least 20 million people through partner initiatives. Their second fund, launching in 2021, aims to impact at least 50 million people.

Type of grant funding given

Core impact goals

Support systems change efforts

Co-Impact's goal is to support systems change efforts to achieve meaningful and enduring results, through grants to program partners and other non-financial supports, for millions of people in low and middle-income countries. 

Advance a model for donor collaboration

To generate learning and action among the broader philanthropic community, Co-Impact aims to advance a model for system change that both inspires and learns from others.

Support partners to reduce structural barriers

Co-Impact aim to support partners in reducing barriers that prevent women (especially those further marginalised by race, class, caste/ethnicity) from holding power, exerting influence, and exercising agency.

Impact milestones

Co-Impact aims to reach the following impact milestones over the course of Thankyou’s grant period (15 months):

1. Award 3-4 full systems change grants in 2021 from their first fund’s second round of design grants (see more below)

2. Complete a third round of partner sourcing for their first fund in 2021, awarding 5-6 design grants

3. Further develop and launch a second fund in 2021 focused on women’s leadership and gender equality

4. Continue to provide adaptive support to Co-Impact's current program partners as they respond to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic

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