The Odegard Foundation strives to make meaningful change by working in areas where we have a unique insight and see a path to catalytic impact. We tackle challenges through a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach that combines capital, science and technology, organization building and public policy. The Foundation does not solicit grant applications.
The Foundation’s starting point is to identify areas that have major challenges, and where we see the potential for large-scale breakthroughs. We ask a series of targeted questions to chart a path forward and reexamine the idea at every step of the process.
Our first question is whether the solution is usable for our partners in the field.
If it is, we look at impact – will the solution help solve the problem in a significant way?
The next lens is sufficiency – is the solution useful on its own, or are there missing pieces?
If the solution is usable, impactful, and sufficient, we consider the organizational model – what is the best structure to implement the solution?
If an existing organization is already working on the problem, then we will make a grant; if not, we will help to create an organization that can effectively work towards the solution.
A cornerstone to our approach is to identify the right people to lead an initiative at a key moment, and make sure they are equipped with the tools they need for success.