We want everyone, everywhere to thrive
Areas we’re focused on
Small and micro business
Small and micro businesses are the backbone of the global economy. We are committed to providing tools and resources to help empower them with skills, solutions and access to networks and financial services to fund, run and grow their businesses.
- Financial education and digital skill building
- Digital commerce and capabilities
- Equitable access to capital
Equity and inclusion
We believe that communities and economies thrive when all individuals and business are included in the formal financial system and can benefit from financial and digital access. Our initiatives and partnerships focus on helping to enable equitable access to the financial and digital ecosystem for everyone, everywhere.
- Women's economic advancement
- Racial equity
- Financial inclusion and digital equity
- Financial education
We are committed to strengthening the communities in which we live and work by using our resources, network and the talent of our global employee base to make a positive social impact where it is most needed.
- Disaster and humanitarian relief
- Employee volunteerism and giving
Doing measurable good
Small and micro business
We are committed to digitally-enable 50 million small and micro businesses worldwide by 2023, as part of our efforts to advance digital equity.
Equity and inclusion
We met our goal to provide 500 million unbanked/underserved people access to digital payment accounts by 2020 and are continuing the work.
We had 85% of our employees participate in Visa programs to give back to their communities in FY 2021.
In FY 2021, Visa Inc. contributed more than $21.5 million to charities around the globe, while Visa Foundation disbursed $25.9 million in grants.
For more detailed data, please see our Environmental, Social and Governance resources.
For more information about grants, see our notice on Charitable Giving.
Featured programs and partnerships
Employees making a difference
How we empower employees
- Matching gifts up to $10,000 annually per employee
- Double matching on Giving Tuesday and for select disaster relief donations
- 16 hours of Volunteer Time Off
- Dollars for Doers: employees earn $10 per hour of volunteering to give back to charity
- Small business mentorship and Kiva loan programs
For annual programmatic and progress updates please see the latest Environmental, Social and Governance report.
Social impact insights and research
Unlocking the Benefits of Digital Payments: Insights from Uzbekistan
In Uzbekistan, the government has led a push into digital payments as part of a national growth and development strategy. The initial transformation in the biggest cities happened rapidly, over a few years. This has created a meaningful opportunity to understand how Uzbek citizens have experienced the transition so far and what needs to be done now to extend the benefits of digital payments across the country.
Empowering Participation in Commerce: New Strategies for Digitization of Micro and Small Businesses
A review of literature on digital payments’ impact on micro and small businesses reveals how digitalization is changing this segment, and why understanding this transition is key to inform effective public and private strategies and investments to accelerate the success of the small business sector as a whole.
Unlocking the Benefits of Digital Payments for Micro and Small Businesses: Insights from Mexico
Research commissioned by Visa in Mexico reveals that accepting digital payments can help small and micro business owners increase revenue, improve business management and expand their customer base.
Assessing the Role of Biometrics in Financial Inclusion
Biometrics technology can enhance the convenience and security of digital payments, and many observers have pointed to the potential benefits of using it to advance financial inclusion. This paper analyses how, and under what conditions, biometrics can facilitate financial and digital inclusion for lower income and unbanked populations and highlights the enabling policies and regulations.
Digital Financial Services (DFS) Ecosystems: Underpinning the Potential for Livelihood Transformation in Urban Areas
The existence of an inclusive digital financial ecosystem can be a foundation for increased incomes and poverty alleviation by transforming livelihoods and providing new forms of work. This paper explores the background, drivers and policies underlying such ecosystems and highlights the ecosystems’ impact on lives and livelihoods.