Why Play It Safe?

We believe in taking risks when it comes to addressing the needs of underserved youth. Taking risks means pushing past the status quo—and, to do that, we start by asking difficult questions.

We ask ourselves… If we can solve this with our funding, does it have the potential to create an opportunity for a young person to rise to new heights or, conversely, does the failure to solve this lead to a significant downturn in a young person’s life trajectory?

We focus on “inflection point” funding within a venture philanthropy framework. We closely consider specific obstacles that keep underserved youth from realizing their full potential, and then we identify key junctures, or inflection points, where our grants might change the course of their lives. From there, we look for innovative programs, partnerships, and solutions that address those junctures, and are
grounded in positive, long-term outcomes.

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