We listen and learn so we can identify pressing problems that get too little attention. Then we consider where we can make a meaningful difference with our influence and resource allocation, all of our strategies—more than two dozen across the foundation—have emerged through this process of identifying what we want to accomplish and where we can have the greatest impact. Once we commit to an area of need, we define our major goals and identify a clear path to achieving them. The issues we engage in are wildly disparate, none will be solved easily and quickly, and none will be solved through our efforts alone
We do all of our work in collaboration with investors and other partners, who join with us in taking risks, pushing for new solutions, and harnessing the transformative power of science and technology. We develop strategy in each of our divisions; we develop goals and strategies before allocating resources. We continually collect and share data on our progress, reflect on lessons learned, and make course corrections as needed. Essential to this process is ongoing dialogue with our investors and partners—which is embedded throughout our strategy life-cycle. At this stage of the foundation’s growth, our divisions and strategies are already in place. We reflect on and review each strategy annually, and make adjustments to our implementation plan toward achieving our goals.