Our Mission

TO PROMOTE AND INVEST IN SOLUTIONS THAT IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND ECONOMIC SELF-RELIANCE OF WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IN LATIN AMERICA

APPROACH

At the Linked Foundation, we invest technical and financial resources to develop and scale social enterprises that improve the health of communities throughout Latin America. We focus on women, who are important agents of change as health and economic decision-makers. By investing in scalable, market-based solutions, and creating strong cross-sector partnerships, we can ensure long-term, sustained impact.


INVESTMENT CRITERIA

1

WOMEN

Our work focuses primarily on poor, marginalized women as agents of change.

2

HEALTH

We invest in solutions that address the health needs of our target population, with a particular focus on direct services and reproductive health.

3

LATIN AMERICA

Our regional focus is Latin America.

4

IMPACT

We are committed to evaluating the effectiveness of our investments, which we support through technical assistance and funding.

5

SCALABLE

We invest in developing and refining solutions that have the potential to be scaled throughout Latin America, particularly those that include corporate partners.

6

SUSTAINABLE

We support business models that require a diminishing subsidy level and that aim to achieve financial sustainability.

7

FUNDING

Linked provides risk capital in the amount of 50K-100K annually for 3 years to pilot and scale health solutions. Generally, Linked will contribute up to 30% of the total initiative.

8

SHARED LEARNING

The knowledge generated by our investments is open-sourced and widely shared, with the goal of advancing the field and supporting the development and dissemination of models that can be replicated and scaled by others.


HOW WE FUND

 

Debt Financing

Through partnerships with other investors, Linked Foundation provides debt and guarantor financing for health service organizations that fit our criteria to scale their operations.

Innovation Grants

Linked Foundation provides grant funding up to $100k annually to local and Latin America-based organizations and social enterprises that meet our criteria. We look for projects that aim to test an innovative new product, service or market segment within successful models that fit our criteria, especially where the innovation will expand access or impact to low income populations and women.

Mission Related Investments

Linked Foundation is committed to investing the Foundation’s assets in ways that generate positive social outcomes in addition to generating financial stability and growth. 

 

ARE WE THE RIGHT FIT?

IF YOU THINK WE WOULD MAKE A GOOD PARTNER

 

My vision was to raise the voices of women for a better world.

— Founder, Dorothy Largay —

Portfolio

The Linked Foundation is currently developing and investing in several sustainable health solutions for women and their families in Latin America.

Clínicas del Azúcar
Vega Coffee
MCE Social Capital
Global Partnerships
Health Services Fund
Rural Pharmacy Initiative: TISA
Rural Pharmacy Initiative: BOSI
Girls Inc. Carpinteria
Direct Relief International

Our Partners

We are very proud to be in partnership with organizations that believe in the power of women to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Global Partnerships Mercy Corp Pro Mujer MCE Social Capital Farmacias de la Comunidad Fonkoze Friendship Bridge Global Fund for Women Farmacias Similares

Local Community Support

We are proud to support outstanding organizations in our Santa Barbara community.  To learn more about these organizations, please click on the logos below:
Cottage Hospital of Santa BarbaraDirect Relief InternationalGirls Inc.Thrive Santa BarbaraUCSB Arts and Lectures

Our Inspiration

  • The benefit is that I have the medicine on hand and can help people.

    — TISA Storeowner —
  • Figuring out market based solutions to critical social needs is tough work, it is high risk.

    — Dorothy Largay —
  • Traditionally, aid assistance is usually short term only and the government does not have budget to adequately improve health care access and ensure that the poor have basic medicines. We are filling a much-needed niche.

    — Farmacias de la Comunidad —

Team

The people that continue to move the mission.

LINKED FOUNDATION STAFF

DOROTHY LARGAY

Founder

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DOROTHY LARGAY

NANCY SWANSON

Executive Director

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NANCY SWANSON

PATI GRIFFIN

KEEPER OF THE PEACE

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PATI GRIFFIN

ANNA DE LA CRUZ

Senior Consultant, Social Impact

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ANNA DE LA CRUZ

SENIOR ADVISORS

Ann Hutchins

Senior Advisor

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Ann Hutchins

David Lehr

Senior Advisor

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David Lehr

Deborah Burand

Senior Advisor

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Deborah Burand

 

Kim Wilson

Senior Advisor

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Kim Wilson

Sheila Leatherman

Senior Advisor

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Sheila Leatherman

Gabriela Salvador

Senior Advisor

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Gabriela Salvador

Contact

We welcome the opportunity to partner with organizations that are aligned with our mission and for sharing best practices and lessons learned.

info@linkedfoundation.org

805.880.1990

3749 Santa Claus Lane, Suite B, Carpinteria, CA 93013

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