SEDF envisions a world in which financial capital: is responsive to societal needs; works in partnership with stakeholders; tolerates greater financial risk to increase social impact; and shares its returns more equitably with labor. We deploy investments—as catalytic capital—to enable markets to serve rather than subjugate societies, and to create economies that prioritize the well-being of people and planet.
The Fund uses investment capital to support the rights and opportunities of marginalized people and communities, often in ways and places that entail significant financial risk. We look to catalyze positive social and economic change, by acting in alignment with allies and partners, reinforced by the strengths and capacities of the Open Society Foundations.
We deploy investments—as catalytic capital—to enable markets to serve rather than subjugate societies, and to create economies that prioritize the well-being of people and planet.
SEDF is incorporated in New York as a 501(c)(3) organization and governed by a Board of Directors and an Impact Investment Committee. The Fund has staff in London, New York, and Nairobi.
- Board of Directors: Responsible for fiduciary oversight of SEDF and for appointing the Fund’s Impact Investment Committee.
- Impact Investment Committee: Reviews existing investments, approves new commitments, and ensures any program-related investments we make are consistent with the charitable purposes of SEDF.
Our investments include seeding early-stage enterprises or businesses; scaling up enterprises with proven potential; and sustaining enterprises that need our support to continue delivering social value.Learn more
Meet the people of SEDF, who blend creative investment expertise with a deep commitment to social justice and open society values.Meet our team