As a private charitable foundation, the Canopus Foundation follows the concept of “venture philanthropy”. The term is not exactly defined, but basically it uses tools and techniques from venture capital finance and business development, and applies them to the philanthropic sector. Resources are provided for promising early stage social enterprises and charitable organizations in order to support them within the scope of a strategic partnership over the course of several years. If possible, these enterprises and organizations should be economically self-supporting and able to scale up their social and ecological value. Support from the Canopus Foundation goes beyond financial funding; if required, the foundation provides management skills, market know-how, and technical knowledge.