We have defined our mission as “leveling the playing field for underserved youth”. Our goal is to foster venture philanthropy using three principal funding strategies: catalytic giving, strategic partnerships and targeted problem solving.
The foundation seeks to fund approaches that have the potential for wide application but have not reached a scale broad enough to attract investment by larger private foundations or government. We view funding as catalytic when our dollars can have an impact exponentially greater than the projected results of any one or more years of funding.
The foundation seeks to promote collaborations between not-for-profits, for-profits and the public sector toward a common goal. The organizations we bring together may have overlapping approaches, motives or skill sets.
The foundation defines specific challenges that have practical solutions which are attainable within a reasonable time and budget, and encourages creative problem solvers to test those solutions. These challenges often address barriers to equal opportunity that have been overlooked or under-appreciated.