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Mission, Vision & Values

Why discovery science?

Our Approach

The Alliance actively works to increase philanthropic reach and support for science by making investments more impactful and results-driven –thereby catalyzing scientific discovery for the benefit of society and the planet.

We provide a range of advisory services for philanthropists and foundations including but not limited to specialized briefings and landscape reports, unique program design as well as introductions to thought leaders in multiple disciplinary fields.
The Alliance also leverages platforms that generate connection, awareness, and learning. We ensure that members have the foundation and tools they need to bring their goals to fruition.

Basic research leads to new knowledge. It provides scientific capital. It creates the fund from which the practical applications of knowledge must be drawn.

About the Alliance

Since its inception in 2013, the Alliance has sought to increase philanthropic support for basic science in many disciplines. Fostering basic research can, over time, yield unimaginable breakthroughs—just as basic DNA research did for facilitating the development of mRNA vaccines.

Our founding members understood the important role we could play in helping offset a flattening in government funding for basic research. Today, science philanthropy is strategically positioned to identify funding where it is needed most.

As science philanthropy’s role has expanded, so has the Alliance, which has grown from the initial six foundations and philanthropists to almost 40 members. In addition to increasing philanthropic funding for scientific research through its advisory work, the Alliance enables a science philanthropy community focused on networking, shared learning, and dynamic collaborations and partnerships. These activities are key benefits for many members and increase the impact, effectiveness, and visibility of science philanthropy.

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