Altru Mission




Altru Institute is a philanthropic think tank that supports organizations addressing global humanitarian challenges. 

We aggregate, curate, and convene leading thinkers, fostering industry collaboration to increase the efficiency and performance of individual organizations. 

A small increase in performance for each organization can result in massive impact in the aggregate.



Altru Institute creates efficiency through simple communications and collaboration.


We identify big complicated challenges. We then find those working towards solutions and empower them for success by facilitating long term collaboration. We are able to improve the performance of all those addressing these problems by fostering improved communications and intelligence among each.

Altru members are those with both the will and capacity to make a difference: thought leaders, Impact investors, active philanthropists as well as corporate and political leaders.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;

indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." 

-Margaret Mead




Brett Johnson and Mariam Azarm founded the Altru institute based on their shared frustration over the bureaucracy, inefficiency, and overlap between NGO’s and the non-profit sector. Altru was built out of a strong desire to create an alternative approach that would cut through the waste of bureaucracy, foster collaboration among key players, and promote the concept of genuine altruism, all while funding impact-driven solutions. 

Altru Institute is a 501 c 4 Educational non-profit focused on addressing complex global challenges. It is based on the concept of altruism, with a deep belief that the pursuit of materialism for its own sake leads to emptiness rather than happiness, and that those who embark on the path of genuine altruism become more deeply fulfilled than those whose focus is based solely on material profit and success.

Altru’s unique business model combines business with philanthropy. Its core strength is a membership network of like-minded individuals who can advance the professional and commercial interests of other members, at the outcome of which, a percentage of gains in the form of success fee are contributed back to the organization.