About Mulago

About Mulago


Mulago is a private foundation designed and built to carry on the life work of Rainer Arnhold. Rainer’s passion was the prospect of a better life for children in poverty, and so the Foundation’s work is focused on health, poverty, and conservation in the world’s poorest places.

Rainer, a San Francisco pediatrician, taught medicine at Mulago Hospital in Uganda, and he named his own under-the-radar charitable foundation after the hospital that he loved. After Rainer’s untimely death in 1993, his brother Henry Arnhold established the Foundation in its current form.

Rainer’s work in chaotic humanitarian relief settings left him with a hunger for lasting change, so the Foundation works to drive sustained impact that can grow to benefit people on a big scale. Our main focus is a philanthropic portfolio of scalable solutions and the organizations that can deliver them. We also fund a number of worthy efforts that answer to specific interests of Rainer and his family.

The Foundation has a big mandate and a small staff, so we do not accept proposals. We tap a deep network to find the organizations that are a good fit. Given our very specific funding criteria, that has proven the most efficient process for all concerned. Really.