Blue Meridian’s partnership structure allows our partners to pool their philanthropic resources and invest more effectively and efficiently than any one of us could individually. The individuals and philanthropic institutions joining forces in Blue Meridian’s work all contribute in different ways, depending on their interests and funding capacity. But in working collaboratively, they all share the costs, risks and rewards of our performance-based approach to grantmaking.
This is a new model for philanthropy: one in which partners invest unprecedented sums of capital for nonprofits to rapidly scale up solutions with the demonstrated potential to solve the biggest problems confronting America’s young people and families.
Blue Meridian has raised over $1.7 billion to date and we welcome new partners seeking to invest significant capital.
Each of Blue Meridian’s General Partners commits at least $50 million over five years. Every General Partner has a vote in investment and ongoing payment decisions. Our two regional General Partners support the expansion of Blue Meridian’s national grantees within their respective communities.
"EMCF’s initial pilot with capital aggregation demonstrated the potential for transforming the lives of more economically disadvantaged children and youth by partnering with other philanthropists. Supporting the incubation and launch of Blue Meridian Partners was the next logical step for maximizing the impact of our resources, as we knew that we could not address big social problems alone." The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
"One of the things that excites me about Blue Meridian Partners is that we can help more organizations achieve impact beyond their walls." The Druckenmiller Foundation
"We believe that the best work in philanthropy happens when multiple sectors - public, private, and nonprofit - come together to tackle problems and commit to results. Sometimes it's hard, because we are all so different." Ballmer Group, Philanthropy
“We are excited to be a part of Blue Meridian Partners. When we pool our resources, our dollars can have exponentially greater impact on the social problems we hope to solve.” The Duke Endowment
"We see Blue Meridian as a special opportunity to partner with national funders on a series of evidence-based, anti-poverty solutions around the country. We are especially excited about embedding some of these solutions in our home community of Tulsa and sharing our learning around building a continuum of investment in young children." The George Kaiser Family Foundation
General Partner List
Ballmer Group, Philanthropy
Ballmer Group supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. They envision a country where every child, regardless of background and circumstance, has an equal chance to achieve the American Dream.
The Druckenmiller Foundation
The Druckenmiller Foundation works to transform lives through its support of education, medical research and the fight against poverty. Mr. and Mrs. Druckenmiller’s philanthropy also extends to universities, scholarship funds, educational programs for at-risk youth and environmental groups.
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation makes large, long-term investments to help high-performing nonprofits lift the life prospects of more children and youth living in poverty. EMCF first piloted capital aggregation in the social sector with three organizations in 2007, and has since made it integral to the Foundation’s investment strategy.
The David Tepper Charitable Foundation
Established in 1993, The David Tepper Charitable Foundation, Inc. focuses on education, fighting childhood poverty and meeting people’s basic needs by supporting foodbanks and shelters nationwide. David also serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and the Board of Advisors of Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.
The Samberg Family Foundation
The Samberg Family Foundation is committed to quality education and learning for children and youth, better health outcomes for families, and the strengthening of Jewish life.
The Sergey Brin Family Foundation
The Sergey Brin Family Foundation operates with a guiding philosophy that is rooted in the experience of its founder.
The Duke Endowment
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.
George Kaiser Family Foundation
The George Kaiser Family Foundation's mission of providing every child with an equal opportunity is deeply reflected in its work and impact in the Tulsa community. GKFF's three focus areas – early childhood education and parent engagement, health and family well-being, and civic enhancement – are woven with a common goal of making a meaningful difference in the lives of young children in Tulsa.
Each of our prospective Impact Partners is asked to commit at least $15 million. While a portion of this commitment goes into the central pool for all investments, Impact Partners can direct the balance at their discretion to individual investees in the portfolio.
"The Blue Meridian partnership is a terrific example of smart innovation in philanthropy -- ambitious philanthropists, with excellent staff and advisors, moving together with discipline and urgency. It is a privilege for the Hewlett Foundation to both contribute and to learn with the impressive partners assembled." The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
"Participating in Blue Meridian allows JPB to partner with other funders to increase resources to support initiatives that create meaningful change at large scale, and to invest in big ideas that solve big problems.’’ The JPB Foundation
“We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their potential regardless of race, background, or zip code. Making that belief a reality, especially for the poorest Americans, requires all of us to work together in new ways. That’s why we’re investing in Blue Meridian’s collaboration with philanthropic organizations to help millions more Americans fulfill their potential.” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Impact Partner List
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change. Schusterman's work emphasizes efforts to improve public education in the US, strengthen the global Jewish community and Israel, and enhance the quality of life in its founders’ hometown of Tulsa, OK.
The JPB Foundation
The JPB Foundation’s mission is to advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research.
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For more than 50 years, the Hewlett Foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective.
The Aviv Foundation is committed to empowering disadvantaged children with opportunities to better their lives, promoting deep Jewish engagement in an inclusive framework, investing in Israeli society, and strengthening civic engagement in the United States.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
Eugene and Marilyn Stein Family Foundation
The Eugene and Marilyn Stein Family Foundation seeks to improve the lives of at-risk children by investing in the child, their family and their community. The Foundation promotes the development and nurturing of these children with emphasis on infants and toddlers - creating a foundation for them to become healthy, productive and caring adults.