The Essays

Laying Foundations for Change includes powerful words from world leaders that explain the ways in which philanthropic investments in buildings can establish and revitalize dynamic, pivotal institutions, invigorate communities, strengthen economies, and save lives.

The Work

Across five continents and seven regions, Laying Foundations for Change chronicles the enormous impact these structures have on health, education, culture and the livelihood of millions of people— incredible stories of empowered people doing transformative work.

The Photos

Showing what is possible is not easy because the ripples of the visible extend well beyond the ken of photography, and beyond narrative. With the help of Magnum Foundation photographers and photography students from seven Atlantic regions, we have tried to capture the visible and glimpse the spirit of the less visible.