The Dalio family gives philanthropically through both the Dalio Foundation and individual donations of Ray and Barbara Dalio. Giving through the Foundation is done as a family activity that reflects the diverse philanthropic interests of Dalio family members.
As a result, the Foundation’s giving is eclectic rather than focused on a single mission. It supports organizations at all stages of development, from start-ups in need of seed capital to well-established institutions that can bring big and novel ideas to fruition. It does not, however, review unsolicited requests for funding.
The Dalio family’s diverse philanthropic passions include: education, ocean exploration and awareness, environmental protection, deploying computing to scale solutions for disconnected communities throughout the world, meditation, mental health and wellness, healthcare, financial inclusion, child welfare and capacity building in China, and community activities and the arts, among other things.
To learn more about how the Foundation supports some of these areas of interest, click on the links below.
- Equal Opportunity
- Personal Growth
While the Foundation’s programmatic areas are broad, the criteria for selection are clearly specified and strictly followed.
Proposals are initiated internally and vetted by the professional staff and experts who provide their recommendations. The Board makes decisions as a committee. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or donation requests, and such solicitations will not be considered by the Board.
From the founding of the Dalio Foundation in 2003 to date, the Dalio family has given over $1.32 billion in funding to the Dalio Foundation to support philanthropy.
To elevate inspiring work happening in Connecticut that exemplifies the value of a whole-child approach to education, the Norwalk Public Schools together with the Dalio Foundation hosted an event featuring educators, students, parents, and community leaders, as well as Governor Lamont and Norwalk’s Mayor Rilling. Barbara Dalio also joined with a series of local and state leaders in education, policy, and business to pen op-eds appearing in the CT Post, CT Mirror, Hartford Courant, Record-Journal, and New London Day.
As a founding member of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, the Dalio Foundation proudly endorses its newly released report, which synthesizes decades of research and incorporates input from communities across the country, finding that a whole-child approach to education is essential to academic learning and success. Learn more about the report and Barbara Dalio’s holistic and collaborative approach to strengthening public education in Connecticut.