In working to create lasting social change our philanthropic approach is simple: identify the best individuals and organizations working on an issue, and then help ensure they grow and scale effectively.
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has always recognized the power of providing grants to partner organizations that we knew were already working hard to improve the lives of urban children living in poverty. By aligning with organizations that are already making a difference, we continue to make an immediate impact on the lives of thousands of children.
There’s no shortage of challenges in education, family economic stability and childhood health. To meet these challenges head on, it’s essential that we’re nimble in our approach. That’s why we use a range of financial tools and structures to support our work. In addition to our core grant making, we also use a selective, mission-driven impact investment strategy to help develop specific products and tools, as well as spur new markets that serve the poor, and we employ direct service agreements when an opportunity calls for specialized expertise.

We seek to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, childhood health and family economic stability (including microfinance). The grants listed below represent grants that were active during the last 12 months.

> Urban Education

> College Success

> Family Economic Stability

> Health and Wellness

> Central Texas