Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. With offices in Austin, TX, New Delhi, India, and Cape Town, South Africa, the Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. The foundation has committed more than $1 Billion to global children’s issues and community initiatives to date.
Education-related grants comprise two-thirds of our giving. We are committed to improving student performance and increasing access to urban education so that children and adolescents around the globe have improved opportunities for life-long success.
For economically disadvantaged families worldwide, the basic building blocks of childhood health can seem unobtainable. The ramifications for children are profound, snowballing from struggles to stay in school to a higher risk of lifetime poverty to dramatically diminished life expectancies. Fighting preventable childhood illness is key to our mission. We focus on timely interventions that can mitigate a number of common childhood afflictions including obesity in the U.S., and malnutrition, poor sanitation and other maladies in Africa and India.
Family Economic Stability
Baseline economic stability can help families ensure better health and education outcomes for their children. We take a comprehensive approach to helping urban families in India establish financial stability through support of:
Urban microfinance institutions that offer a range of financial tools, including microsavings, micropensions and micromortgages
The implementation of meaningful customer protection standards and protocols to evaluate the financial and social performance indicators of the microfinance programs
High quality vocational training programs that focus on employable skills development among young people who have dropped out of school
The growth of an affordable housing market in urban IndiaSee more