Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation established by Mastercard in 2006. Since its creation, the Foundation has partnered with a number of worldwide Non-governmental organizations and core partners aiming to ameliorate financial life, primarily in the Global South. Its objective is to use a $2 billion endowment on Microfinance programs. With these programs, the Foundation's goal is to make global economics more accessible to people around the world. These programs also strive to give youth around the world new educational experiences and access to financial services and programs.
Mastercard Foundation was founded in 2006, operating primarily out of Toronto. It began as a board made up of five American directors and two Canadian directors, with chairwoman Lois Juliber. During the Foundation's infancy however, it began to emphasize the American contributions, and two years after the initial board was formed they named Reeta Roy  as president and CEO of the Foundation.
The Mastercard Foundation has many partners all over the world, including:
The Foundation and partners collaborate in an attempt to increase access to financial inclusion programs and services.
Other partners include:
The Mastercard Foundation is also in partnership with Education for Employment (EFE). This partnership committed 3.2 million dollars to introduce MORAD, a program devised to employ 15,500 Moroccan youth with a 4 year job opportunity. This program provides career building opportunities to 3,000 university graduates, many of whom are women, and also provide employment to an additional 12,500 disadvantaged youth.
Mastercard Foundation supports a number of pilot financial inclusion projects for people living in poverty. Their projects are focused on expanding opportunities for clients and making finance more accessible. Many of the projects are based in Africa, the goal being to better financial inclusion in the Global South.
The Mastercard Foundation’s Scholar Program is a globally recognized program that helps youth gain access to new educational opportunities thus furthering social and economic progress among disadvantaged communities. The Scholars Program is aimed at disadvantaged, but academically inclined individuals, interested in expanding their education.
With the University of Gondar and Queens University, the Foundation has a 10 year partnership in which they have invested $24.2 million in to provide advanced education opportunities to youth with disabilities in Ethiopia and Africa. For the University of Gondar this will mean 290 undergraduate degrees, and 160 master's degrees. Queens University will provide 44 PhD opportunities to faculty members of the University of Gondar. These programs are multifaceted, allowing for a wide range of diversity in education.
McGill University will facilitate education for approximately 90 students from Africa. Two thirds of these students are participating in undergraduate degree programs - around half of which will be from the French speaking countries within Africa - and the remaining third will be those completing their master's degree programs.
The Mastercard Foundation's Fund for Rural Prosperity aids projects directed towards improving the lives of farmers and rural citizens in Africa. In 2015, the Mastercard Foundation introduced a 50 million US dollar challenge fund in Nairobi, Africa. The purpose of this fund is to encourage the development of stronger small businesses and to help support smallholding farmers in Africa through improving the financial stability of the rural poor and impoverished in Nairobi. It will strive to ensure the successful completion of financial inclusion, and development of smallholder farmers in new geographic areas.
The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity also has an innovation competition fund, managed by KPMG International Development Advisory Services, designed to help over one million poor, rural farming families improve their economic situation.
 In 2008, the Master Card Foundation awarded $100,000 to each of the following microfinance training institutions.
This money was donated to the six leading institutions to address a need for strong leadership and management skills. It was used to fund 200 scholarships to low-income staff for education in this sector.
In 2014, the Mastercard Foundation partnered with Save the Children to help reduce unemployment rates in youth in Africa. The program is geared towards rural youth in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda, and provides education and entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture. Using an evidence-based model, Youth in Action looks at each participants' personal situation to determine what will guarantee them the most success in both their personal, family and community lives, then attempts to realize this success. The program also incorporates the building of reading, writing and math skills, creating meaningful employment and entrepreneurial training for youth. The end goal is to allow them to enter and thrive in the agricultural sector.
In 2011, a $50 million partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and Equity Group Foundation, supported by the Department for International Development, was founded to provide secondary education and leadership development opportunities to over 5000 students in Kenya. The program, entitled Wings to Fly, is a platform for financially disadvantaged students to attend and complete secondary school, and increase chances of admittance to higher education.
In partnership with the African Leadership Academy, the Mastercard Foundation launched the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership. This program expands and improves entrepreneurship programs for youth in Africa. It also allows for easier networking in order for disadvantaged youth to avail of financial help. In 2011, the Center introduced the Anzisha scholarship to identify, celebrate and mobilize youth with aspirations in entrepreneurship, and who closely examine critical needs in their region. The idea behind the Anzisha prize is for it to eventually become similar to a Nobel Prize for youth in Africa who work to develop innovative solutions to critical problems. foo