Mission & Values

At ɫ, our mission is to accelerate philanthropy in pursuit of a just world

by providing deep global expertise to make philanthropy more thoughtful, equitable and effective.

We believe that philanthropy can help create a better world.

We make decisions that center people and communities.

We believe philanthropy has a responsibility to pursue equity.

We uphold the highest standards of integrity and trust.

We are committed to learning and sharing knowledge.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


ɫ celebrates the uniqueness of our staff, our partners, and the communities we serve. We are committed to inclusion with the goal of cultivating a culture of belonging and acceptance. We strive to embed this value in our philanthropic work to advance a more just, equitable and sustainable world.


  • Diversity: Embedding representation across a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and views.
  • Equity: Demonstrating fair treatment, access, opportunity, and engagement for all.
  • Inclusion: Cultivating an environment that respects and values all perspectives and taking special care to ensure that persons within historically underrepresented groups are represented.

As an organization dedicated to improving the human condition globally, ɫ strives to inform our organizational strategy, culture, and work with these three principles. Each person should have the opportunity to live and thrive regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religious belief, political perspective, education, socioeconomic status, and mental and physical ability. The collective sum of the individual life experiences, knowledge, innovation, selfexpression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees, clients, vendors, and board members invest in their work shapes a significant part of not only our shared culture but of ɫ’s reputation and organizational achievement. This represents who we are and aligns with the philanthropic work that we do.

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