The Foundry

The foundry

A community of visionary philanthropists, family foundations and pledging members, The Foundry provides more than just financial support - these donors play a pivotal role as leaders within our community; sharing their knowledge and experience to inform the philanthropy of pledgers and establishing a legacy of impactful giving.

Generous gifts go towards our annual operations and reserves - underwriting costs like staff salaries, research on the highest-impact global charities, and putting on content-rich programmes, while allowing us to plan ahead, creating efficiency and stability.

The Foundry Members

Vikrant Bhargava and Dr Surbhi Virmani

Vikrant Bhargava is the Managing Partner and founder of Veddis, a multi-asset investment company and is married to Dr Surbhi Virmani. Vikrant was previously co-founder and Marketing Director of PartyGaming Plc. Dr Virmani has 20 years of experience in Anaesthetics and Critical Care, and now specialises in Cosmetic Dermatology. Together, Vikrant and Surbhi initially established two charities, LetzDream, working with the most vulnerable people in India and LetzChange, a tech platform that now powers GiveIndia, India’s largest giving platform for charities. Being committed to effective philanthropy, they set up Veddis Foundation to research and focus their giving on the highest impact opportunities in the UK, India and elsewhere. Vikrant is also passionate about transforming high school children’s relationship with STEM. In 2018, he founded FIRST UK, which aims to get more students interested in STEM through robotics.

Shirley and Curtis Chambers

Curtis was Uber’s seventh employee and was the first Head of Engineering for Uber, UberEats, and UberFreight. Before Uber, he helped build Expensify and Akamai. Shirley was a product and operations manager at Yahoo, launching emerging markets globally. After leaving the corporate world, she dabbled in startup life.

Curtis and Shirley are now focused on philanthropy and impact investing. When they’re not traveling, Curtis and Shirley spend their time between San Diego and San Francisco with their two young children.

Luke Ding

Luke studied medicine at Oxford before switching to a career in finance. He held a number of senior management positions at Natwest and Merrill Lynch, and became a senior partner at fund management firm Brevan Howard. Luke now engages full time with his philanthropic activities in parallel with pursuing his business interests. He is a keen supporter of many organisations associated with Effective Altruism and his early donations have played an important role in the rapid growth of many promising charitable organisations.

David Helgason

David is a technologist, the founder of Unity Technologies, non-exec director to others, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.

David's background is in programming, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. He served as CEO of Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with an unflinching vision to democratise game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry.

Taavet Hinrikus and Silvia Fantauzzi

Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and Chairman of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. Taavet acted as CEO of TransferWise until 2017, and since then has stepped into the role of Chairperson.

One of the World Economic Forum's Tech Pioneers, Taavet has acted as adviser to the former Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda and helped the European Commission on its digital and innovation programs. He’s also a mentor for the next generation of talent, leading TransferWise’s 20 Under 20 programme to support Europe’s brightest teen CEOs and having co-founded the Good Deed Foundation Education Fund in Estonia. Lastly Taavet is an active angel investor; his investments include Bolt, Zego, Veriff, Tweetdeck, Mendeley, Improbable and Cleo.

Taavet and Silvia live in London with their two young children. Silvia is the creative part of the family with her background in graphic design.

Neil Hutchinson and Jessica Stroup

Neil is the founder of NEON, an investment vehicle with activities in technology, property and philanthropy. He is also the CEO of Front Of The Pack, on a mission to lead the revolution in pet health. Jessica is an actor who has starred in a number of films and TV shows. Neil and Jessica are committed to giving back through the NEON Foundation, helping exceptional charities and social enterprises transform lives.

Eric and Wendy Schmidt

Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative, co-founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together. Schmidt Futures knits talent into networks, bets on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equips people to scale through partners and modern tools.

Jaan Tallinn

Jaan is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is Co-Founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute, and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments, an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.

Erik Bergman

"I started with the mission of doing the most good in the world, and I’m now joining Founders Pledge to help further that goal. I’m excited to partner with such an inspiring and dedicated team and cannot wait to be an active member of this community for many years to come."

Erik Bergman founded performance marketing and lead generation company Catena Media in 2012. Catena Media went public on the Swedish stock exchange in 2016 and was valued at $200 million. Passionate about charitable giving, Erik founded his new venture,, in 2018, an organisation that uses creative digital marketing techniques to generate revenue from the online gambling industry and donates 100% of its profits to vetted charities around the world.

Andrew White & Nicola Kelly

Andrew Patrick White is the Founder & CEO of FundApps, a RegTech company which provides compliance & regulation monitoring services to the world’s largest investment banks, asset managers and hedge funds. FundApps was voted on to the Future 50, the FinTech50 and was used as a case study in financial disruption by the World Economic Forum. FundApps currently monitors ca. 13 Trillion USD of assets every day, which represents over 12% of the world's assets under management.

Andrew is an avid traveller and at last count he has been to 123 sovereign states.

Alex Gerko

Alex is the founder of XTX Markets, a leading algorithmic trading firm providing $300bn of daily liquidity in the equity, foreign exchange, fixed income, commodity and crypto markets. He is also one of the UK’s most active philanthropists, donating to a wide range of social mobility, education and environment charities. Since 2020, this has included multi-million pound support for maths education, including launching Maths Education for Social Mobility and Excellence (MESME) and bringing the Russian ‘maths circles’ programme to the UK.

Iza Sia Login

Iza Sia co-founded the tech unicorn Outfit7, creating the Talking Tom mobile gaming franchise which would go on to collect over 18 billion downloads and become one of the most downloaded app franchises of all time.

From the very conception of Outfit7, Iza Sia’s $1 billion exit was purposeful, manifested with the intention to power Iza Sia’s present-day philanthropic megaprojects.

Through her LLOVE Foundation, Iza Sia nurtures the evolution and preservation of humanity in the coming critical decade of breakthroughs from crises.

Iza Sia dedicates the large majority of her energy, financial and otherwise, towards R&D and sharing of replicable models for a pure experience of humanness as part of Nature. The global role of LLOVE Foundation is based on the focus areas of work/leadership, real estate and preservation, art, health, and co-existence.

Missions of LLOVE include: Establishing the fastest way to make and scale impact, Preserving spaces of natural wealth, Being patrons of art that inspires breakthroughs, Healing divisions to sync with the True and Harmonious, and Pioneering the Symbiosis of free cultures.

Partnering with Founders Pledge is an expression of Iza Sia’s insight that leaders are the ones who will change the world. Through Reemina, her enterprise consultancy that scales leaders who scale impact, Iza Sia is honored to offer open-source tools she has pioneered and proven on her own tech unicorn. Nowadays, Iza Sia and her executive Reemina team work personally with leadership boards of organizations on whom large parts of our world will rely on. Whether in Lake Bled in Slovenia, or Big Island in Hawaii, or virtually from her home in Cyprus, Iza Sia can be found playfully providing guidance in adopting Reemina’s leadership model for raising and directing the energy of enterprises.

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The philanthropic commitment made by Foundry members supports our core operations and enables us to increase our capacity to find and fund solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

As a Foundry member you may have access to many of the opportunities available to all Founders Pledge Members*.

This can include:

Research + Advisory

  • Access to a Research Advisor who can aid in philanthropic giving, for example, via:
    • “Values Discovery Sessions” - for individuals, couples, foundations, and multi-generational families to align/hone their charitable priorities and inform a portfolio of giving
    • Philanthropic Mission Workshops, Goal Setting, and other journeys
    • Vetting of charities and cause areas - explorations into causes or organisations of interest
  • Briefings with Founders Pledge Researchers on high-impact cause areas of their expertise


  • Name recognition as a Foundry member:
    • On Founders Pledge website
    • In annual impact report and periodic impact updates
    • In select community emails, newsletters, in member materials
    • On the Founders Pledge Community Platform,The Hub
  • Bi-annual call with Founders Pledge CEO

Events + Community

  • Access to webinars focusing on cause areas and topics of interest with leading experts, Founders Pledge team, and partners
  • Invitation to dinners on the occasion of the London and San Francisco Forums, with Forum speakers and special guests
  • Priority registration at London and San Francisco Forums
  • Priority invitations to Founders Pledge retreats and travel

Leverage your Impact

  • Annual Impact report + periodic impact updates
  • Opportunities to advise on Founders Pledge strategy and direction
  • Amplify your philanthropic voice and priorities to our community/emerging philanthropists via Founders Pledge marketing and communications; such as being interviewed for our podcast or blog, or hosting a programme to highlight a cause area of interest (in coordination with Founders Pledge)
  • Opportunity to engage Founders Pledge Leadership, Research team, or Founders Pledge network of experts for your hosted event, podcast, or other personal or professional platform (to be mutually agreed)
  • Beyond the Pledge: Opportunities for members to take meaningful moral action outside of their traditional pledge
  • Access to The Hub (the Founders Pledge Community Platform) to foster increased connection and collaboration across our member network

By making a pledge and joining our Community, Founders Pledge pledging members are granted philanthropic education benefits - via our events, research, and advisory services - free of charge.

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