Our backgrounds are in technology and science. We are parents, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, citizens, thinkers, doers and philanthropists. We wear all of these hats at different times, and many simultaneously.
We believe that people are essentially good—people can be trusted, and generally have good intentions. This was a key belief in the creation of eBay in 1995, and has remained an integral part of our lives ever since.
We are committed to using our time, energy, and resources for the public good; it’s our passion, and a challenge as great and rewarding as any we’ve experienced. We focus on the efforts we believe in most, and the places where we have distinctive contributions to offer. By cultivating the inherent capabilities that exist within each individual, we hope to have a positive impact on people and communities, promote human dignity, and alleviate suffering.
We believe in the power of people. In their creativity. In their ability to take action and bring about extraordinary change. In their desire to do good for themselves and one another. That belief in humanity is what drives us and unites all of our efforts.
We work to create the conditions and provide the tools people need to improve their lives and, subsequently, the world around them. Our vision comes to life through the organizations we create as well as the groups with whom we partner.
Within our own organizations, we put profits to work for social good through impact investing — from microfinance and entrepreneurship initiatives at Omidyar Network to sustainability for Hawaii's food, energy and waste systems at Ulupono Initiative. At Humanity United, we’re addressing some of the most pressing human rights challenges of our time, with the aim of fostering peace and freedom in the places where these ideals are challenged most. At HopeLab, we’re demonstrating how games and technology can improve kids’ health, and breaking new ground with first-of-its-kind research and product development. Present in everything we do is a commitment to impact, and supporting and championing the front-line work of those driving social change. They are the people who inspire us.
Our work seeks to mobilize, catalyze, and maximize the best ideas and opportunities for individual empowerment. We aim to remove barriers, create common ground and enable connections across geographies, cultures, and personal divides.
Complex problems defy simple solutions. For every issue we focus on, we come to the table with specific goals but without preconceived notions about how to best achieve them. Our approach relies on experimentation, iteration and constant learning.
We recognize the constant change in the world around us. So our efforts often begin by working to understand the context of a given challenge within its larger system. We then identify the levers and channels within these systems that present the best opportunities for change, while being mindful of both the intended and unintended consequences of our actions.
This approach demands that we be dynamic and flexible, constantly adapting to the shifting nature of our world and mankind. We use this freedom to reach beyond what is expected to something more powerful—what is possible.
By staying true to core values, trusting in the essential goodness of humanity and embracing constant evolution, we will achieve our goals. We will build on what works, learn from what does not and keep moving forward.