Obama Foundation Annual Report 2017

Two program participants holding hands during a workshop session.

Our Values

Everything we do at the Foundation is guided by seven core values. These values serve as our compass, guiding us through important decisions and difficult choices, informing what we do and how we do it.

As we strive to realize our mission, these values define how we work:


We’re invested in the success of others. We treat one another with respect and kindness, and we will work diligently to lift each other up.


We share a passion for impacting the lives of those around us. Sometimes that means speaking up and other times that means stepping aside to create space for other voices. We recognize that we don’t have all the answers, and we are committed to showing up and learning from others.


We recognize that how we do our work and how we collaborate with others is just as important as what we’re seeking to accomplish.


We value one another’s contributions and hold the conviction that only from diverse backgrounds and divergent points of view can we find the best solutions.


We roll up our sleeves, work hard, and focus on what we’re giving back to our communities—rather than what we are gaining ourselves. When we find success, we remember and support those who are just beginning to take risks and make a difference.


We have a fearless mindset. We’re not afraid of taking risks, sharing a new idea, meeting new people, or admitting when we just don’t know the answer. Something great might come out of it.


We strive to be novel thinkers. Unconventional ideas and new perspectives are why we’re here. We’re willing to make big bets on ideas that haven’t been tried before as we aim to solve the hardest problems of our times.

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