Our mission:

To make a meaningful difference
in the lives of the world’s poorest people
by multiplying the impact of high-performing leaders and organizations
Achieving measurable results in terms of income, health, or education
Reaching those in extreme poverty, defined as living on $1.90 or less per day
Making grants, providing expertise, and building networks that enable high-impact solutions to reach more people
Embodying the seven essential elements of social sector excellence

We aspire to improve the lives of 100 million people by 2035.

Our work is in service of that objective.

King Essentials provides grants to high-performing organizations that address fundamental human needs through proven interventions.

King essentials →

The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, known as Stanford Seed, partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that create jobs and change lives.

Stanford seed →

The Stanford King Center on Global Development leverages the research capabilities of Stanford University to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.

Stanford King center →

The Global Scholars initiative enables young people from low-income countries to receive a transformative experience at a U.S. college or university.

Global scholars →

The Climate + Poverty initiative identifies and supports opportunities to confront climate change in ways that help alleviate global poverty.

climate + poverty →

Malnutrition, extreme poverty, and climate change are inextricably linked. Our emerging Food Security + Nutrition initiative focuses on interventions at the nexus of these issues.


We codify and share learnings and tools that equip leaders and organizations to achieve extraordinary impact.

Impact Resources →