Continuing to build on Panorama’s five years of problem-solving
January 27, 2022

Continuing to build on Panorama’s five years of problem-solving

Since our start in a small Seattle sublet five years ago, Panorama has grown to a nationwide team of problem solvers working with hundreds of partners around the world to address seemingly intractable problems.

It's hard to believe it's been five years since I founded Panorama. What started as a team of five working in a small Seattle sublet is now a team of 50+ working remotely across the country.

I started Panorama with a hypothesis that there was a gap in the social impact sector that we could help fill. Since then, we've worked on a wide range of challenges facing today's world, from brand-new issues that have arisen in the wake of COVID-19, to seemingly intractable problems like getting to gender parity in elected office, and the scourge of human trafficking.

Collaboration is key to everything we do, and to that end, we have worked with hundreds of partner organizations globally and provided grants to almost 200 more around the world. Much of our work is behind the scenes on behalf of others; when we see gaps, we identify the right set of partners to catalyze crucial initiatives. But all of this only matters if it leads to impact.

I started Panorama after spending a year working to end the West Africa Ebola crisis. A common refrain in the global health world was that there would be a pandemic in our lifetime. Despite knowing this and advocating for greater policies and funding toward pandemic preparedness, I never thought "in my lifetime" would be so soon.

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, I take small solace in the fact that Panorama has helped respond in multiple ways:

  • Supporting the World Health Organization's communications surge capacity in the initial months of the outbreak;
  • Joining with partners to create the COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa, which has delivered over 120 million pieces of personal protective equipment to 479,508 community health workers in 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Funding organizations in 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) working to address today's adolescent mental health crisis; and
  • Ensuring the world is actively working to end COVID-19 and prepare for the next pandemic through the Pandemic Action Network.

In today's world, new challenges are coming to the fore every day, and we are eager to do what we can to help accelerate progress toward solving them. In 2022, you'll be hearing more from us about online safety, non-communicable diseases, and what we're learning about high-impact philanthropy. You will also hear from a wider range of voices from across Panorama.

We look forward to continuing our collaboration with so many of you to accelerate the pace of change in the years to come.

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