This year marks the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco-based Mulago Foundation, which supports mostly early-stage organizations on the frontlines of poverty alleviation. We suspect the foundation will let the milestone pass with little or no fanfare. While we admire the foundation’s desire to avoid patting itself on the back, we believe it deserves widespread recognition. In the past decade, Mulago has done a great job of both preaching and practicing the gospel of high performance.
Rainer (pronounced RYE-nur) Arnhold was a beloved pediatrician who spent months every year treating children in the developing world. Even though he never spoke of it, he was part of a prominent banking family, and he had quietly established Mulago in 1968 as a vehicle for his own philanthropy.