The Cordes Foundation was created in 2006 by Ron and Marty Cordes following the sale of Ron’s investment management business. In 2014 Ron and Marty were joined by their daughter, Stephanie Cordes, as Vice Chair.
WHY WE EXIST
We champion bold, innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems with a focus on alleviating global poverty and empowering women and girls to fully participate in the development of their communities.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in social entrepreneurship, harnessing the power of the capital markets to drive game-changing ideas to scale and in the critical importance of elevating women and girls in society via education, health care, human rights advocacy and self-employment opportunities. We also believe in activating the “other 95%” of our portfolio, moving beyond our annual grants budget, to fully activate 100% of our portfolio resources in impact investments directed toward our mission.
HOW WE DELIVER IMPACT
The Cordes foundation seeks to build a more peaceful and secure world though accelerating enterprising leadership, ideas and initiatives that fundamentally advance women’s human rights and address poverty with scalable and sustainable solutions. Alongside strategic philanthropy and impact investments, the foundation seeks to build an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship to flourish.
We connect social entrepreneurs to investors, grant makers, advisors and potential stakeholders to help their ideas take flight.
We convene events, salons and conferences that foster knowledge sharing, collaboration and field building for social enterprises, women and girls empowerment and impact investing.
We catalyze impact investments and strategic grants into social enterprises advancing bold, innovative ideas to solve the world’s toughest problems.
Since 2010, the Cordes Fellowship program has provided annual scholarships for 50 of the world’s most promising emerging social entrepreneurs to participate as full Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration (OC), an annually gathering in Cancun, Mexico of 400+ global leaders building sustainable solutions to poverty. The OC bring together social entrepreneurs, innovative nonprofit executives, grant-makers, impact investors, corporate and academic field-leaders, and aligned media working around the world to solve common challenges and spark new opportunities. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders; and infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives. Learn more here.