Luminate was established by
Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay,
and is part of The Omidyar Group.
Structured for impact
We are a global philanthropic organisation providing both non-profit grants and for-profit investments to organisations and entrepreneurs seeking to deliver positive social change. In line with our belief in transparency, we publish our audited financial statements annually.
Governed by experience
Luminate’s Board consists of Pierre Omidyar (Chair), Pat Christen (Vice-Chair), Jeff Alvord, and Stephen King (Ex officio). The Board reviews budget, strategy, and progress against our mission and targets, while helping to ensure that our actions remain true to our values and principles. The Board also provides counsel and support to our teams as requested.
Diversity of thought
Alongside counsel from our Board, we also draw on independent expertise to help guide and inform our work. We are establishing an Advisory Group of experts from a wide range of backgrounds and geographies. This group will meet regularly to advise us on strategy, provide counsel and advice to our investees and partners, and offer an independent view on our investments and their impact.
Luminate is committed to fair and equitable treatment for all of our staff, vendors, and other colleagues and contractors, regardless of race, creed, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or any other classification.
We are committed to providing a respectful and dignified working environment. Our anti-harassment policy covers bullying in and out of the workplace – including business trips and social events. The policy applies to full-time, part-time, contractors, and temporary staff, as well as vendors, suppliers, or visitors to our workplace.
We recognise your right to privacy. Therefore, we limit the collection of personal data and strive to work only with organisations that do the same. We will never use your data for any other reason than the one you provided it for – and we will never pass it on without your permission.
We are committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and accountability. If a member of our team discovers something that they believe indicates serious wrongdoing within the organisation, there is a confidential mechanism in place for them to disclose this information internally, without fear of reprisal.
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Conflict of Interest
To help us act ethically in all our dealings, we have designed a Conflict of Interest (CoI) policy that allows the timely disclosure of all potential and actual conflicts of interest. The CoI policy lays out procedures for resolving any conflicts fairly and transparently.