The David Weekley Family Foundation practices a venture philanthropy model of giving.
Solving the world’s most pressing problems requires bold and imaginative leadership, which is why we look for entrepreneurial leaders who defy the status quo and live with a sense of urgency and persistence. We don’t expect perfection from our partners but we do insist on transparency and a relentless drive for continuous improvement.
We endeavor to use our business experience and acumen to help them grow in impact and competencies, while never manipulating their mission with our financial support.
We support both Christ-centered and secular organizations as we believe the gospel’s work of renewal happens through the hands of everyday people, around the corner and around the world, performing good work, done well. We will choose to support the best provider in any given intervention.
We typically begin partnership with organizations whose operating budgets are between $500,000 and $5,000,000, providing general operating support. We also occasionally make transformational gifts, which we define as injections of capital that will help an organization build its capacity to scale, reach self-sufficiency, or test innovative ideas.
As the freest country in the world and one of the most prosperous, access to essential services are largely in place in the United State, though imperfect and unequal. In this context, the work DWFF’s focuses on domestically is centered on furthering the development of individuals Soul, Mind, and Will, the fundamental components of individual thriving.
We have great enthusiasm for the exceptional work being done internationally, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, where the large majority of our giving supports health, livelihoods, and justice so that individuals have the opportunity to enjoy the gift of life, the joy of good work, and the confidence and security to invest in their future.