Founded by Melinda French Gates, Pivotal Ventures accelerates social progress by removing barriers that hold people back.


We are building robust networks of changemakers.

We have big goals, and we know we can't achieve them alone. We bring together people and organizations—nurturing relationships, strengthening networks, and pooling our resources to drive change at scale.


Key Principles
& Tactics

Cultivating Key Relationships

The issues we work on are complex, and no one can solve them on their own. That’s why we seek out people and organizations who share our goals and find smart ways to work together.

Mobilizing Resources

We partner with other funders to combine our resources and get more money in the hands of the people and organizations that need it. This helps our dollars go further—and it unlocks opportunities for new donors looking for effective ways to give.

Expanding Our Reach

We look for partners who are working toward the same goals we are—but tackling them in different ways. Often, the best way to advance the work we care about is to activate and invest in people and institutions taking a complementary approach.

  • Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

    Surfacing timely solutions to accelerate progress for women and girls.

    The challenge invited groups to submit proposals for expanding women’s power and influence in the United States. The overwhelming response proved there is no shortage of ideas about how to promote gender equality. Now, the awardees and many other groups that participated in the challenge are putting their ideas into action, positioning more women to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives. 

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    An Indigenous woman talks with a woman and a man at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • ARRAY Alliance

    The film industry needs disrupting.

    The ARRAY Alliance is revolutionizing how the entertainment industry attracts, hires, and retains talent from marginalized, diverse communities. They also challenge homogenous narratives and amplify the work of filmmakers of color and women to reach new audiences with their stories.

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    Ava DuVernay, founder of ARRAY Alliance, speaks with a Black man and points out of frame.
  • Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

    Developing data-driven solutions to inequality in entertainment.

    Founded by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California is the leading global think tank studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment. Through research and advocacy, they facilitate change in the industry and in society at large.

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    Dr. Stacy Smith and Elizabeth Banks sit on a stage to speak at a Q&A.

Featured Partnerships

Our partners bring a range of unique perspectives to the table—and we’re better for it.

"Taking on an issue like gender equity can feel a lot bigger than any one person. It’s more meaningful, more fun, and more impactful to go on the journey together."

Portrait of Dr. Nicole Bates
Dr. Nicole Bates
Senior Director, Program Strategy, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives
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