The Dalio family gives philanthropically through both Dalio Philanthropies and individual donations from Ray and Barbara Dalio. Giving is done as a family activity that reflects the diverse philanthropic interests of Dalio family members.

As a result, Dalio Philanthropies’ 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.

Our Work

The Dalio family’s diverse philanthropic passions include: Connecticut public education, ocean exploration and awareness, environmental protection, investing in technology access and education, meditation, mental health and wellness, financial inclusion, child welfare and capacity building in China, and community and the arts, among other things.

To learn more about how Dalio Philanthropies supports some of these areas of interest, click on the links below.

About Us

Our Values

  • Sustainability
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Self-Reliance
  • Community
  • Spirituality
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability
  • Self-Awareness
  • Personal Growth
  • Effectiveness

While Dalio Philanthropies’ 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. We do not accept unsolicited proposals or donation requests, and such solicitations will not be considered by the Board.

From inception to date, the Dalio family has given over $5 billion in funding to Dalio Philanthropies to support philanthropy.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dalio Philanthropies pledged $4 million to support medical care and food for those who are most stressed and cannot afford it. $3 million dollars will be directed toward the sponsorship of childcare services at 26 centers across the state for hospital workers, administered by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). $1 million of the donation will go toward food and nutrition for Connecticut residents in need, through two longstanding community organizations, Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank. To learn more, please read the press release.

Since 2015, Dalio Philanthropies has invested more than $60 million in public education in Connecticut. Read Dalio Education Initiatives' 2019 Annual Report to learn more about Barbara Dalio's holistic and collaborative approach to strengthening public education and achieving positive impact with educators, young people, and communities.

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.

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, and Barbara Dalio recently joined together at the Meriden Public Schools to promote public education and engage with students and teachers.