The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. The Foundation’s work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion for people living in poverty. One of the largest foundations in the world, it works almost exclusively in Africa. It was created in 2006 by Mastercard International and operates independently under the governance of its own Board of Directors. The Foundation is based in Toronto, Canada.
In 2010, African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation announced the Anzisha Prize, and together embarked on a journey to celebrate the entrepreneurial achievements and business savvy of young people across the continent.