In a ceremony held on November 8, in London, the Catalyst 2030 Awards announced the Humanitas360 Institute and the PDR Philanthropic Fund as winners in the Donors – Leader in Learning category. The international award, which reached its 3rd edition in 2023, celebrates organizations that have mobilized capital to support projects and initiatives dedicated to causing systemic changes in society.
For almost 10 years, the Humanitas360 Institute has worked to reduce violence in Latin America and promote the citizenship of vulnerable populations, especially people deprived of their liberty. H360 is maintained by the PDR Philanthropic Fund, created by the president of the institute, Patrícia Villela Marino, with her husband Ricardo and son Daniel to give continuity to this work of strategic philanthropy and impact investments.
“The Humanitas360 Institute has demonstrated a great commitment to addressing problems from a 360 perspective. Its appetite for risk is enormous and this is necessary for real systems change,” says the Catalyst 2030 announcement. “The PDR Philanthropic Fund,” the statement continues, “promotes public interest causes for the benefit of society through the management of endowments and allocation of resources to supported institutions. It makes early stage investments in social businesses with great potential for positive impact on society.”
Launched in 2020 at the Davos World Economic Forum by a group of organizations and social entrepreneurs, Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of people and institutions committed to the Sustainable Development Goals established by the UN in the 2030 Agenda. In addition to philanthropic entities, Catalyst 2030 Awards also celebrate governmental (global and regional), bi- or multilateral and business initiatives.
Check out, in the video below, the speech sent by Patrícia Villela Marino, president of H360 and creator of PDR, for the awards ceremony. The message was recorded during the institute’s activities at the social cooperative located in the São Luís Women’s Prison Unit, in Maranhão.