Participants exchange ideas at Gender-Based Violence Campaign Event. Trinidad and Tobago, 2015

Maverick Collective:
Going where other
funders won't


Maverick Collective was created in 2013 by Population Services International (PSI), with the vision and leadership of Kate Roberts, in partnership with Melinda French Gates and Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit.

Frustrated with the outdated, patriarchal state of philanthropy, and seeing the desire of women philanthropists to give in a newer, fuller way—they designed Maverick Collective as a space for women to practice philanthropy with deep engagement, trust, and authentic partnerships.

With 50 years of delivering health impact at scale, and a history of taking on the most challenging problems, PSI was the natural place to incubate the Maverick Collective model.

Since its creation, Maverick  Collective has grown to a community of 40+ women strong, mobilized over  $100M in resources  and  has helped more than 6.7M  women and girls live healthier lives.

At the core of our mission is our experiential philanthropy approach, which blends hands-on learning with real-dollar grant making, to help members become more informed and impactful investors in social change.

By investing in innovative solutions and working directly with experts and impacted communities, our members gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to solve the world’s biggest challenges.


Boldness. We know that real change takes commitment and a willingness to take risks. We recognize the privilege and power we hold and use it to invest toward a more gender equitable world.

Curiosity. We are curious about the world around us and believe there is always more to learn. We seek to learn through listening to those with lived expertise and firsthand experiences.

Community. We believe in the power of community—working, learning, and funding together, embracing new and diverse perspectives.

Impact. We are committed to achieving triple impact: impact on the lives of women around the world, impact on ourselves, and impact on the model for philanthropy at-large.

I believe that strategic investment in women and girls will ensure that we address the most pressing issues that face women today. Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-Chair (2018 - 2021)


Learn more about the iconic women who created Maverick Collective and the team that works to sustain their vision every day.

Who We Are

Maverick Collective Members (front) Amanda Millerberg (left), Cristina Ljungberg (center), Alexandra Idol (right) and PSI Staff (back) Julia Roberts (left), and Darley Tom (right) connect during the Maverick Collective Retreat. Washington DC, USA, 2022 Image Credit: Jennifer Chase

We are looking for bold, curious women philanthropists with a commitment to impact to join our community.

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

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