As a Jacobs' owned business, we are proud to be a part of the Foundation heritage. The charitable cause has a long-term vision: everything we do deeply and positively impacts on people's lives.


Jacobs Foundation, one of the world’s leading charities for children and young people, is the ultimate economic beneficiary.

Jacobs Foundation invests in young people's future, enabling them to become socially responsible and productive members of society. The Foundation believes all children must be given equal access to education and better opportunities for personal development. All young people should get the chance to achieve their true potential, regardless of background, residence or family income level. The Foundation is guided by research that shows that children have an enormous capacity to learn, especially when given favourable conditions and surroundings. This is why, as part of the 2030 Strategy, the Foundation has pledged to invest 500 million Swiss francs over the next ten years to support schools in offering quality education and to transform education systems around the world with the ultimate goal to provide children and youth with practical knowledge, skills, attitudes, tools and equitable opportunities to reach their full learning potential and thrive together.

Jacobs Foundation focuses on understanding and embracing variability in learning during the early years (ages 2-12) and early transitions. Their approach is designed to foster learning from evidence to action to systems across diverse contexts.

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Focus areas of the Jacobs Foundation

Jacobs Foundation's core competences

  • Evidence Generator and Translator: Funding research excellence in promoting the generation and practical use of evidence on human learning and development with an impact on policy and practice.
  • Partnership Innovator: Igniting multi-stakeholder coalitions between governments, industry, schools, and social purpose organizations to leverage resources and increase the capacity to scale up effective education policies and practices jointly.
  • Policy Entrepreneur: Supporting policy innovation by facilitating access to knowledge, data, and tools to promote learning and practice improvement, instigate change processes, and inspire leadership approaches to strengthen the entire system.
  • Catalytic Investor: Using innovative financial instruments to create a positive impact at scale and enable third party investments that otherwise would not be possible.

Jacobs Foundation's strategy is grounded in the commitment to being a leading learning foundation that embraces a learning culture, and proactively shares what is learned to inspire systems to change transformation beyond their direct reach.

They structure their strategy along three interwoven learning dimensions—Learning Minds, Learning Schools, and Learning Societies—that form their 2030 strategy's bedrock.


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Downloadable Jacobs Foundation Strategy 2030's factsheet

Find out more about the Jacobs Foundation on their dedicated website.