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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

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You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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日期: 2011年5月13日,星期五,下午11:21

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From VPP

VPP Hosts youthCONNECT Briefing for Funders
Six Match Funders Announced

Last month, VPP hosted a briefing that brought together a wide range of organizations to discuss youthCONNECT, VPP’s new collaborative initiative to improve the lives of youth in the National Capital Region. The room included representatives from government, funders, and nonprofits.

For two hours, speakers, panelists, and audience participants discussed the details of the effort. The presentations touched on several aspects of youthCONNECT, from its localized focus on the needs of the National Capital Region, the difficulties of measuring social outcomes, and how partnerships and collaboration can tackle large-scale social problems.

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VPP’s Carol Thompson Cole Speaks to National YWCA Gathering
Eleanor Rutland Speaks at Commongood Careers

Eleanor Rutland at the Commongood Careers event

Last month, Carol Thompson Cole, VPP’s President and CEO, and Eleanor Rutland, VPP’s Chief Operating Officer, were featured at speaking events where they presented on their areas of expertise.

Thompson Cole spoke to the YWCA Metro Association, which is a collection of the largest urban YWCAs across the country. She was joined by Mary Lundy Semela of YWCA USA and Maria Elena Campisteguy of the Metropolitan Group, who spoke on innovative fundraising and being a community change agent, respectively.

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Chairman's Corner        MAY 2011

Carol Thompson Cole

Carol Thomspon Cole

Leaving the Silos Behind:

The Need for True Collaboration Among Funders

Last month, VPP staff brought together a group of funders to hear from the nonprofits in our youthCONNECT initiative. It was your typical two-hour, Friday-morning event, but I could feel the electricity in the air grow as the program continued. Representatives from our six nonprofit network partners answered audience questions on collaboration, evaluation, and replication, and each of their answers showed the immense dedication these individuals have to improving the lives of youth in the National Capital Region.

I’ve written before about the benefits for children and youth when nonprofits work together on common outcomes, and we saw how the first buds of those benefits are emerging at our briefing last month. Our youthCONNECT network will make a substantial impact on the region through our nonprofit partners, but that is only one side of the network equation. As I looked over the audience of about 30 people, I was reminded of the incredibly deep collective power and reach on the other side of the equation: Funders.

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Omar Woodard Joins VPP Team as Principal

Omar Woodard

Omar Woodard became the newest addition to the VPP team this month as Principal.

Omar comes to VPP from the Advisory Board Company, where he was a Healthcare Consultant and Associate Director of Business Development. In this role, he was responsible for advising corporations, hospitals, colleges, and universities on cost-saving initiatives and best practice implementation.

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VPP Launches YouTube Page

This month, VPP launched its new YouTube page. The page is a compilation of all videos from VPP, as well as our investment partners and investors. It also contains videos from other leading philanthropic investment organizations and social entrepreneurs.

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From the Field

Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox Features VPP Capacity Assessment

A new resource on measuring outcomes in the nonprofit sector was released last month. The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox, written by Robert M. Penna, PhD, includes the basics of how nonprofits can harness performance management and create effective programs, as well as practical advice on how to achieve high outcome levels.

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Echoing Green Publishes Book to Inspire Changemakers

Last month, the social entrepreneurship organization Echoing Green released a new book directed at millennials to help them focus their careers on social impact. The book, Work on Purpose, tells the stories of five different social entrepreneurs and their struggles as they tried to create change in the world. The stories aim to serve as a model for other young social entrepreneurs, and after each chapter, there are questions for the reader to answer about his or her own career.

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AALEAD AALEAD students were inspired to organize a Japan Relief car wash event this Spring Break. Over 60 students participated along staff and volunteers.

BGCGW, FBR Branch participated in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in Washington, D.C.

CentroNia CFNC hired Margaret Patterson, a 30-year advocate for children, as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director last month.

Mary's Center CentroNía received a grant through the PNC volunteer partnership; $6,000 after two PNC teams completed 100 hours of volunteer work.

FPCS Friendship announced that this year, three of their seniors were honored as Gates Millennium Scholars.

Mary's Center KIPP DC: AIM Academy’s robotics team won first place in presentation and robotics at their first regional competition.

Mary's Center LAYC honored Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month by having former foster care youth share their stories. They inspired listeners to raise awareness about the need for foster families, especially Latino homes.

Mary's Center Metro TeenAIDS‘ Clinical Services team has been trained on pregnancy counseling, enabling MTA to start offering pregnancy testing as part of its direct services.

Year Up The SEED Foundation Foundation has been awarded a three-year investment of up to $3.5 million from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

UA Urban Alliance was awarded a $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to increase high school graduation rates and provide vulnerable youth a pathway to meaningful employment.

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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