The Atlantic Institute provides Atlantic Fellows and staff with the networks, architecture and resources to connect, learn and act to address the underlying systemic causes of inequity – locally and globally.
It amplifies the influence and impact of the global Atlantic Community of change-making Fellows and programs through providing resources and opportunities to connect, learn and act together. The Institute promotes collaboration and shared approaches, connects the Atlantic Fellows program community to a broader network of equity-oriented initiatives, and raises global awareness of the work of Fellows and their programs.
The Atlantic Institute connects Fellows after they have graduated from one of seven programs in a number of ways. The Atlantic Fellows Hub is a community-wide online space where Fellows can find each other to debate, collaborate and act on equity issues. They are also supported through courageous programming, with virtual and face-to-face platforms to shift narratives, shape policy and create (k)new solutions. In building a catalytic community of leaders who connect, learn and collaborate for greater impact, the Institute drives a culture of learning and innovation by responding to changing needs, new technologies and brave ideas. It also does this by establishing a sustainable global network with strong strategic partners and alliances.
Fellows can form or join an Affinity Group where they collaborate on a specific equity issue.
The Institute helps them to develop their collective vision and mandate, widen the Group membership and secure funding. Affinity Groups are able to connect virtually and in-person as they work toward catalytic change. At present, there are over a dozen Affinity Groups working on a range of issues from criminal justice to decolonizing global health.
After graduating their program, each Fellow is welcomed into the global Atlantic community at the annual Global Convening of Fellows, where they meet other recently graduated Fellows for catalytic conversations that forge connections for action and impact.
Thematic Convenings are held on key issues affecting the world; such as, displacement, narratives and care, engaging with those communities most affected.
While COVID-19 has physically distanced and isolated millions, it has brought people toward a common humanity. Our webinars offer content to turn our imagination to (k)new solutions, drawing on our longer histories.
The Atlantic Institute regularly hosts Skills Workshops across a range of themes and topics including Op-Ed Writing and Media Engagement while also being spaces for our community to connect socially.
How does one foster systemic change? What are the steps that can be taken to go from dialogue to action? Through our Action Labs, Fellows are supported to collectively develop a plan to address inequality.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Institute has also provided Solidarity Grants to over 50 Fellows across the world to respond to the immediate needs of their communities.
Our flagship Impact Fund will launch in July 2021 which will accelerate the work of collaborative projects undertaken by Fellows.
Chuck Feeney, Founder of
The Atlantic Philanthropies
Modest. Strategic. Compassionate. Charismatic. Complex. Meet Chuck Feeney.
“I had one idea that never changed in my mind - that you should use your wealth to help people.”
Born into a modest, working-class family during the Great Depression, a US Army scholarship enabled Chuck Feeney to attend Cornell University. Becoming a billionaire in the duty free business, he established a private foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, in 1982 believing that the rich should devote the majority of their wealth to the service of humanity. Over 38 years, in more than 25 countries, the Atlantic Philanthropies group invested over $8 billion in more than 6,500 grants to people and organizations who would make a difference in the lives of others.
As one of its final “big bets”, the foundation established the Atlantic Fellows in 2015, committing nearly $700 million—its biggest investment ever—to support the work of a global Atlantic Fellows community. This culminated The Atlantic Philanthropies’ long history of investing in people to realize a fairer, healthier, more inclusive world. Chuck’s entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy, known as Giving While Living, has been an inspiration to philanthropists such as Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates.
At the Atlantic Institute, we are committed to building a lifelong community of courageous changemakers who together will accelerate the eradication of inequity and injustice.
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