Who We Are

Partners for a New Economy is an international philanthropic fund focused on transforming our economy for nature and all people to flourish. We were founded in 2015 by the MAVA, Oak, Marisla and KR Foundations, to address the root causes of environmental degradation that lie within our economic system. The partnership has now grown to include Ford Foundations and Omidyar Network.

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What We Fund

The initiatives we fund show a deep understanding of planetary boundaries and an urgency to transform our economy to live within them. They push the frontiers of alternative economic thinking, and work to change the rules, goals and mindsets underpinning our current economic system.

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How We Work

We work collaboratively. Our grant-making and field-building are delivered in close partnership with our funders. We have a small team of staff based in the UK, Denmark and Switzerland and operate as a philanthropic fund hosted by Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. Our Board is made up of representatives from each of our Funding Partners, who work closely with the executive team.

Grant Making

Our grant-making has a strong nature lens, nurturing new economic ideas and building power for transformative, systemic change. We often fund early-stage projects and organisations. Whilst our main geographic focus is Europe, we are keen to see a breadth of perspective and global outlook.

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As an international funder collaborative, we pool the resources and expertise of our Funding Partners to support pioneering people, projects and ideas. We work across the wider philanthropic landscape to share learning and encourage others to invest in the new economy field.

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Field Building

We aim to strengthen and grow the new economy ecosystem, supporting people and organisations to find greater alignment, deepen their interdependence and collaborate. We draw on our networks and convening power to create conditions for the field to make greater progress together.

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How We've Helped

P4NE’s grant-making covers a broad range of areas, from central banks to government policy to narrative change. Our grants have contributed to the emergence of new economic thinking and practice. Our field building extends our contribution further and, together with our grant-making, supports pioneering work that is redesigning our economies in service of people and nature.



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Stories of pioneering work and inspirational people working to redesign our economies in service of people and nature.

In conversation with Rowan Conway: design as a practice in new economic policy making

We spoke to Rowan Conway, discussing design practices and the ways in which they can have a transformative impact on policymaking and the new economy field.  Rowan is the Deputy Director at the Just Transition Finance Lab at the Grantham...

By Rowan Conway

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Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
Place de Cornavin 2, CH-1211
Geneva, Switzerland


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