The Risk Pool fund was founded by the Eleanor Crook Foundation, Vitol Foundation, and CRI Foundation.

The Eleanor Crook Foundation

The Eleanor Crook Foundation is a growing U.S. philanthropy committed to research, capacity building, and advocacy to end global malnutrition. The Eleanor Crook Foundation was co-founded in 1997 by Eleanor Crook and her late husband, Ambassador William H. Crook.

The Vitol Foundation

We achieve this by investing in initiatives and interventions across five Programme areas: Health, WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene), Education, Enterprise & Livelihoods and Humanitarian Response. Our focus is on supporting solutions that improve quality of performance, promote greater inclusion, foster appropriate innovation and catalyse access to finance, all within the broader context of poverty.

This means that the work we support is invariably in low, and low to middle income countries, where the challenging effects of chronic under-development, conflict and natural disasters are commonplace.


A private foundation focused on connecting resources to needs.
We are aware of the need for solutions to be contextually appropriate, and geography considerate.
We work with NGOs and governments, and we work with implementers and systems-change initiators.
We are based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Who can apply?

Non-profit organizations must be nominated by a Risk Pool member to be eligible to apply for funding. Risk pool members nominate organizations twice per year. Once nominated, the organization will be placed on a Roster and notified by the Risk Pool Fund Manager. If your organization has not received notification from the Risk Pool Fund, then you are not eligible to apply.


The Fund does NOT accept requests to be nominated.