Luminos Fund

Luminos Fund is a US-based international nonprofit founded by Legatum Group in 2016. It focuses on providing education opportunities to out-of-school children, helping them catch up to their grade levels, and integrating them into the formal schooling system. It currently works in Lebanon, Ethiopia, Liberia, Ghana, and Gambia.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Quality Education
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Partnerships for the Goals


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Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
    • Elementary and secondary education
      • Child educational development
      • Elementary education
      • Secondary education
    • Education services
      • Student retention
      • Co-operative education
      • Reading promotion
      • Out-of-school learning
    • Educational management

Focus populations

  • Academics
    • Researchers
    • Students
    • Teachers
  • Adolescents
  • At-risk youth
  • At-risk youth
  • Children
  • Immigrants and migrants
    • Refugees and displaced
  • Low-income people
  • Parents
  • Preteens
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Victims and oppressed people
    • Victims of conflict and war
  • Victims of conflict and war
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Victims of disaster

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • Liberia
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Ethiopia
  • Middle East
    • Lebanon


  • Basmeh and Zaitooneh
  • School for Life


  • Second Chance
    Accelerated learning programme enabling out-of-school children to catch up to their grade level by teaching them to read, write, and do math in the span of one school year.



  • USD 12,000,000

Funding model

  • Matching grants

Primary funders

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Cartier Philanthropy
  • Christies
  • Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation
  • Dovetail Impact Foundation
  • Dubai Cares
  • Echidna Giving
  • Hirschmann Stiftung
  • Legatum Group
  • Mulago Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • Pousaz Philanthropies
  • Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • SAS-P
  • The LEGO Foundation


Key staff

  • Caitlin Baron, CEO
  • Maretta Silverman, VP development and communications

Board members

  • Philip Vassiliou, Chair
  • George Kronnisanyon Werner
  • Dr. Kwame Akyeampong
  • Atje Drexler
  • Erin Ganju

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Luminos Fund CEO Caitlyn Baron outlines a systems change approach to education philanthropy in this interview with Dina Sherif for Circle.