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Investing in real-world problem solving worldwide

Our mission

The Vitol Foundation was established to make a difference to people’s lives

We support organisations and projects that aid severely deprived children and families in low and middle income countries to escape the poverty cycle.

Since it began over 20 years ago, Vitol Foundation has invested over US$220 million in projects across the world, helping to combat the challenging effects of chronic underdevelopment, conflict and natural disasters.

We invest in real-world problem solving, and seek to bring about innovative solutions that strengthen existing social systems and create lasting social change.

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Our approach

We believe our flexible approach allows us to support work that may otherwise be difficult to fund, bridging gaps that unlock other sources of finance and broaden our impact.

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Our impact

We build long relationships with the organisations we support, allowing both them and us to learn from successes and failures and to develop sustainable change.

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US$ 220 million

invested in projects worldwide


projects sponsored in 2021


countries covered

20 years

operating globally
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“Our team of specialists are committed to funding the work of selected partners in a spirit of close co-operation, addressing difficult development challenges with bold and innovative solutions.” John Collenette, CEO, Vitol Foundation