Philanthropic Focus

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation.

Youth Economic Opportunities
Financial Inclusion
Sustainable Cities

Youth Economic Opportunities

Globally, an estimated 75 million youth are actively seeking meaningful employment. To effectively compete for economic opportunities and succeed in the 21st century economy, these young people will require a mix of education, employability, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills. The Citi Foundation is focused on programs that help young people link education goals with leadership skills training and experiences, professional networks, and on-ramps to employment to increase the number of low-income youth, ages 16-25, who are able to get a job or start an income-generating business.

Financial Inclusion

The Citi Foundation supports efforts to develop a more inclusive financial system that provides greater access to financial products, services and capital to low-income communities and individuals. Access to capital and financial products empowers individuals to build financial assets, enables entrepreneurs to grow or launch businesses that create jobs, and helps community-based organizations to strengthen and transform communities. Unique about our efforts is the recognition that access to capital and products alone is not enough. Financial capability - the ability to establish financial plans and develop strategies for preserving a strong financial position during times of both economic prosperity and instability - is critical to the financial well-being and upward economic mobility of individuals and communities.

Sustainable Cities

Cities are home to more than half of the world's population and an additional 100 million people are moving to urban areas each year. The rapid pace at which the world is urbanizing is transforming cities in ways that create both opportunities and challenges for local city governments and their residents. Producing positive change in cities is not only about the alteration of their physical landscape, but also about responding to the often competing needs of the people who live there. As important drivers of economic development and progress, cities are fertile hubs for innovation, experimentation, and new ideas that can improve the lives of billions of residents.

The Citi Foundation supports efforts to build vibrant cities that offer economic opportunities for low-income residents. We support collaborations between local governments, community-based organizations, the private sector, and research institutions that are tackling the challenges faced by cities to improve municipal effectiveness and infrastructure, create affordable housing, and promote environmental sustainability. We encourage the use of data and technology to understand the challenges and gaps, identify opportunities for improvements in cities, and direct the use of limited resources to maximize impact.