The Studio @ Blue Meridian

The Studio @ Blue Meridian embraces experimentation and provides flexible resources to help organizations accelerate their readiness for significant scaling.

Accelerating Readiness for Scaling

We believe in the power of scale – expanding reach, impact, or influence – to address both emerging and intractable social challenges. We also know that promising approaches often face barriers on their path to becoming scalable solutions. In order to accelerate more organizations’ readiness for significant scaling, The Studio @ Blue Meridian provides visionary social sector leaders with the space, resources, and support they need to test and refine their strategies. The Studio is central to Blue Meridian Partners’ commitment to innovation and experimentation in pursuit of boosting the economic mobility of young people and families trapped in poverty.

The Problem

Promising solutions advanced by visionary leaders do exist, but these leaders often face barriers in their quest to tackle the magnitude of the problem they’re addressing. A gap in the funding market restricts social sector leaders who seek the flexibility to innovate and iterate on their existing models in preparation for significant scaling. Furthermore, systemic inequities limit the flow of funds to leaders of color at every stage of their organizations’ growth. In the wake of COVID-19, it is critical that funders address these gaps in the social sector market and ensure that leaders have the resources they need to support communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis.

A Gap

in social sector funding limits opportunities for leaders and organizations to experiment and refine their strategies

The Solution

The Studio @ Blue Meridian aims to fill clear gaps in the social sector market to accelerate more organizations’ readiness to significantly scale their reach, impact, and influence. These investments provide visionary leaders who desire to think big and prepare for transformational growth with the flexible capital and tailored coaching required to innovate, test, and enhance their existing approach to solving complex or emerging social challenges. In our investing, The Studio considers the historical racial inequities in funding, and believes it is important to support leaders who share lived experiences with the people they serve. The Studio is also prepared to address pressing needs, such as inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly $150M

committed to date to organizations looking to accelerate their readiness for scale

Participants in The Studio

The Studio will support accelerating readiness for scaling across a range of strategies that address issues of poverty and lack of economic mobility. To date, we have funded 16 exemplary organizations that are working on a range of barriers to scale over a two- to three-year period.

Benefits Data Trust

Beyond 12

CodePath

College Possible

Compass Working Capital

Grameen America

LEAD

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Merit America

New Leaders

OneGoal

Per Scholas

UpTogether

Vision To Learn

Waterford UPSTART

Zearn