Our Partners

Our Partners are a group of results-oriented philanthropists seeking to transform the life trajectories of our nation’s young people and families trapped in poverty by investing in solutions to the problems that limit economic mobility.

Nancy Roob on Knowing When to Invest

Collaborative​ ​Philanthropy 

Our Partners are united by a shared belief that young people and families across the US should have an equal opportunity to live productive and healthy lives.

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, Partners share the costs, risks and successes of our performance-based approach to grantmaking.

This is a new model for philanthropy: one in which Partners invest unprecedented sums of capital for organizations to rapidly scale up solutions with the demonstrated potential to solve some of the biggest problems trapping America’s young people and families in poverty.

Blue Meridian has raised over $1.7 billion to date and we welcome new Partners seeking to invest significant capital.

General Partners

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.

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.

Impact ​Partners 

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.

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.

Aviv Foundation

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.

Partner​ ​Benefits

Blue Meridian’s pioneering model of philanthropy offers our Partners an unprecedented opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of young people and families across the country.

Our singular focus on issues related to US poverty, along with the size of our fund, makes Blue Meridian a formidable leader in a growing field of philanthropic aggregators.

Our Partners also benefit from the skilled research capability, in-depth analysis, and rigorous due diligence of Blue Meridian’s performance-based investing approach. Our experienced team does the heavy lifting — identifying promising strategies and programs, supporting the development of scaling plans, structuring deals, aligning capital from multiple investors, providing ongoing support to investees, and monitoring performance. In addition, all of our Partners get access to the full catalog of Blue Meridian’s sourcing and due diligence research, regular reports on investees’ performance, as well as opportunities for site visits and connections with leaders in the social sector field.