Amidst mounting calls to deploy private capital for positive social and environmental impact and a ‘great wealth transfer’ of several trillion dollars, a new generation of family wealth-holders are seeking to use their financial resources to address climate change, public health, social and economic inequality, and other challenges identified by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Creating impact at scale via private family capital can be a powerful catalyst for addressing the SDGs, but even progressive individual attempts to do this are fraught with complex and interrelated organisational, regulatory, political, and behavioural challenges.

We will develop actionable, research-based insights into how private capital owners can catalyse impact at scale.

The Ownership Project 2.0 leverages our deep existing relationships with private capital owners across the world, their member networks, family offices, foundations, and private client service providers, developed through the Ford Foundation-supported Ownership Project (2018-2022) and supported by its Family Advisory Council.

Our research questions

  1. What organisational designs, decision tools, incentive mechanisms, and leadership practices enable and/or impede private capital owners in contributing to positive impact at scale while leveraging their unique attributes?
  2. What strategies do private capital owners and their organisations use to generate impact across different asset classes?
  3. How do existing regulatory frameworks, legal forms, governance structures, and reporting standards facilitate and/or impede private capital owners’ impact strategies?



Affiliated Faculty


The Ownership Project 2.0: Private Capital Owners & Impact