Our Efforts

Paul G. Allen Philanthropies is a key part of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's commitment to improving our planet through catalytic philanthropy, inspirational experiences, and scientific and technological breakthroughs. Empowered by Paul's vision to create a better world, we take an unconventional approach to tackling hard problems by integrating technology, data, policy, and powerful storytelling to drive positive change in our community and around the globe.

  • Technology: We leverage and develop cutting-edge technologies to create new solutions and products that create impact.
  • Data: We work to surface new data to help guide better decision making, support enforcement, and produce better outcomes for our world.
  • Policy and partnerships: At every possible turn, we work to advance smart policy at home and around the world, and leverage and catalyze partners.
  • Storytelling: Through another key part of Paul’s network – Vulcan Productions – we work to create a better world one story at a time. By unifying storytelling with action, we work to drive impact.

We’re applying this approach to some of the world’s toughest problems, from restoring ocean health to protecting wildlife to combatting global warming to strengthening communities. We build tools for impact – and then we pilot them. And if the data shows that approach works, we scale them to deliver enduring impact. 



If you are interested in opportunities with our team, see Vulcan.com/Careers