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主題: New youthCONNECT partners and What a Year!
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日期: 2011年3月14日,星期一,下午8:02

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From VPP

VPP Invests $1.4M in Metro TeenAIDS and Urban Alliance to Serve 3,000 Youth

The youthCONNECT open competition ended this month and VPP announced an investment of $1.4 million over two years in Metro TeenAIDS and Urban Alliance. These two organizations—selected after a six month process —will use the investments to serve 3,000 young people over two years with exceptional health education and workforce development programming. MetroTeenAIDS and Urban Alliance will join the four other nonprofits selected by VPP in the summer of 2010 in youthCONNECT.

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VPP Investor Speaker Series Features New DC Mayor Vincent Gray

Mayor Vincent Gray with VPP Investor Kristin Ehrgood

Last month, Mayor Vincent Gray spoke to the VPP Investor community and special guests. Through a conversation with VPP investor Kristen Ehrgood, President of the Flamboyan Foundation, the Mayor discussed his thoughts on the state of the city, and how he plans to put his “One City” vision into action.

The event, which was held at the Flamboyan Foundation, drew over 50 guests, which included the Deputy Mayor for Education, De’Shawn Wright, DC State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley, and the Director of the Department of Employment Services, Rochelle Webb. Mayor Gray discussed the revival of the deputy mayor system, which he says is important to holistically meet the needs of DC residents. He said that people “do not function as agencies,” and challenges cut across all jurisdictions. The deputy mayors will coordinate across agencies to help solve the multi-faceted problems of DC, he said.

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Chairman's Corner        MARCH 2011

Carol Thompson Cole

Carol Thomspon Cole

What a Year!

This time last year, the staff at VPP was furiously working to complete our application to the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). Looking back, it is clear that all of that hard work paid off. In July, we were honored to be included as an inaugural member of the signature program from the Obama administration. The award has since opened many doors for VPP. Most recently, I participated in the keynote panel at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference about the Social Innovation Fund with its director, Paul Carttar. Most importantly, this month we announced the final two network partners for our SIF initiative, youthCONNECT. Metro TeenAIDS and Urban Alliance are organizations which bring deep community leadership and a wealth of experience and energy to the table.

As our network officially launches and we begin the hard work of pulling together to directly affect the lives of 20,000 low-income youth in our region, I think back on how we got here. Last year marked VPP’s ten-year anniversary and we began to reflect internally about what our next ten years or more would look like. Although we felt our model of philanthropy works and our first investments were successful, we also concluded that in order to achieve the bold changes necessary to dramatically improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and youth in our region, we needed to add to our approach. The challenges in our community are too big and complex to be met by a single funder, a single nonprofit, or a single sector.

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Carol Thompson Cole in Keynote Panel at Harvard Social Enterprise Conference
Addresses Social Entrepreneurs on the Social Innovation Fund

Carol Thompson Cole (third from right) with Paul Carttar (third from left), David Gergen (far right), and Harvard Social Enterprise Conference organizers.

VPP President and CEO Carol Thompson Cole joined other social change leaders from around the world at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference the first weekend in March. She delivered the Saturday keynote address at the conference, along with Paul Carttar, Director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), before an audience of approximately 700. CNN Analyst and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School David Gergen moderated the dialogue. Topics included SIF’s potential to create sustainable change across the country, as well as the challenges with implementing the innovative model.

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From the Field

Fight for Children Launches Initiative to Prepare all DC Children for Kindergarten

Last month, Fight for Children announced its new initiative, Ready to Learn, which lays out a five-year plan to ensure that all DC children are prepared to learn once they enter kindergarten. Fight for Children, which was started by VPP Investor Joseph Robert, estimates that only about half of DC children are enrolled in high-quality preschool education programs.

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BGCGW: President & CEO Pandit F. Wright was recognized by its national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), as the recipient of the Southeast Region’s 2010 J. Richard Ullom Rookie of the Year Award.

CentroNia CFNC: Students, parents, and staff enjoyed a field trip to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC through PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great Program.


Mary's Center CentroNía made two exciting announcements last month: Its Bilingual Charter school won an award for its nutrition program, and its ED, BB Otero, became DC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.

Mary's Center College Summit and Deloitte won an award for their collaboration from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center.

Mary's Center KIPP DC partnered with Accenture last month to collect hundreds of new and used books for KIPP DC students. Nearly 400 books were donated in all.

Mary's Center LAYC participant Sharon Hernandez recently testified at a Prince George’s County budget hearing in support of LAYC, and received a large round of applause.


Mary's Center Mary’s Center president and CEO Maria Gomez was recognized as one 19 Washingtonians who have served as an inspiration to others and made a positive difference in their communities in the “Upstander” award exhibition.

Year Up The SEED Foundation board member Leslie Crutchfield recently released a new book, Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World.
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Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a philanthropic investment organization that helps great leaders build strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions. It concentrates money, expertise, and personal contacts to improve the lives of and boost the opportunities for children and youth low-income families in the National Capital Region and cultivates a growing donor community of high net worth families to generate funding and influence in support of these institutions and of social change.
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