Founded by Melinda French Gates in 2015, Pivotal Ventures advances social progress in the United States through investment, partnership, and advocacy.
We take on old problems in new ways, using philanthropic dollars and investment capital to fund transformational ideas, people, and organizations working to advance social progress. Our work is specifically focused on expanding women’s power and influence and strengthening the well-being of people in the United States.
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To make progress go further and faster, we go beyond traditional philanthropy. We believe transformational ideas can come from anywhere, so we fund experimentation in promising, untested approaches. We also deploy a diverse set of funding tools, pulling on a range of levers to take on entrenched barriers.
All of our strategies are informed by partners on the frontlines of these issues, and we seek out guidance from people with lived experience of the challenges we’re working to solve.
Here are some of the areas we focus on:
- Women in Technology and Innovation: We’re working to increase the number of women who are graduating, investing, and leading in the technology ecosystem through initiatives like Gender Equality in Tech Cities.
- Women in Public Office: We’re helping open new pathways for women candidates. We’re proud to support a wide range of partners working to recruit, empower, and train women of all backgrounds to run and to win.
- Women and Girls of Color: We’re committed to breaking down the barriers faced by women and girls of color in the U.S.—and strengthening their power to determine for themselves the trajectory of their lives, careers, and communities.
- Paid Family and Medical Leave: We’re part of a broad coalition of partners working to pass a comprehensive federal paid leave policy so that no one in this country has to choose between earning a paycheck and taking care of a loved one.
- Caregiving: We’re supporting innovation in both the public and private sectors to develop new and better solutions for Americans caring for children, sick relatives, and aging adults. Through initiatives like the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator, we aim to make the market more responsive to families’ changing needs.
- Adolescent Mental Health: To help young people—and especially young people of color and LGBTQ+ youth —access the mental health services and support they need, we’re funding systems and tools that address inequities and promote youth well-being through initiatives like the Upswing Fund and Sound It Out.