Venture Philanthropy Partners

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Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a philanthropic organization based in the DC metro area that was founded in 2000 by Mario Morino, Raul Fernandez, and Mark Warner to invest in high-performing nonprofits in the National Capital Region. Since then, it has made over $40 million in direct investments in nonprofits serving children and youth.

VPP provides technical support along with its grants. It makes investments in three areas: Early Childhood, Education, and Youth Transitions. Since its inception, VPP has invested in organizations that have offerred service to some 40,000 children and youth around the National Capital Region.

VPP states its mission as aiming "... to help strong leaders make their organizations as effective as they can be."


VPP does not ask for grant applications; rather, it looks for NPs with growth capacity. VPP does not fund programs; it focuses on general operation support.

With its first fund, VPP focused on smaller grants for 12 organizations over a period of 9 years. With its second fund, it went to on larger and longer investments in fewer organizations.[1]

List of Portfolio I Investments[2][edit]

List of Portfolio II Investments[3][edit]

List of organizations in youthCONNECT[4][edit]

See also[edit]

More learning resources from VPP

The Economist article on social innovation

VPP's YouTube Page

VPP's Twitter Feed

Other High-Engagement Philanthropic Organizations[edit]

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

NewSchools Venture Fund


SeaChange Capital Partners

Social Venture Partners


  1. ^ [1] VPP's approach
  2. ^ [2] Portfolio I
  3. ^ [3] Portfolio II
  4. ^ [4] Information on youthCONNECT