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.
The Connecticut Association of Schools awarded Barbara Dalio the 2018 Distinguished Friend of Education Award, celebrating her philanthropic work to strengthen public education in Connecticut through collaboration with educators and school leaders. Learn more about the Award and Barbara's immersive approach to education philanthropy.
In partnership with public school districts and Fund for Teachers, the Dalio Foundation awards professional learning grants to 149 Connecticut teachers to explore the world this summer in pursuit of new experiences and discoveries to bring back to their schools for the benefit of thousands of students. Learn more.
The Dalio Foundation announces the creation of the Connecticut Discovery Fund to support high school students in discovering and pursuing their passions through high-quality summer programs of their choice in partnership with Wishbone.org, and public high schools, educators, and citizen donors across the state. Learn more.
The Dalio Foundation has launched the Connecticut Opportunity Project, bringing together educators, non-profit leaders, youth counselors, mentors, mayors, and young people to improve the lives and futures of youth in Connecticut. Learn more.