Founding Member, President and Chief Executive Officer
IDP Foundation, Inc.
Irene Pritzker became a founding member, President and Chief Executive Officer of the IDP Foundation, Inc. in 2008. It is her belief that education is the way to conquer the world’s greatest challenges, and that everyone should have equal access to education to provide hope, opportunity and economic impact on their homeland. The IDP Foundation is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global issues. She believes a combination of smart philanthropy and investment solutions can be galvanized to make that future a reality.
Exemplifying this philanthropic approach is the IDP Rising Schools Program, which was developed in Ghana as a model for improving educational infrastructure in existing low-fee private schools that serve the poor. This multi-faceted program has proven to be a viable and sustainable model that can be replicated around the world.
In addition to program development, Irene has worked consistently with her wealth advisors and managers to ensure that the IDP Foundation is mission-aligned in its investment strategy. The corpus of the IDP Foundation is currently 94% mission-aligned, with an additional portion earmarked for impact investing funds and seed capital for socially responsible companies that offer direct impact investment opportunities.