Our Partners

Our Partners are a group of results-oriented philanthropists seeking to transform the life trajectories of our nation’s children and youth living in poverty by investing in strategies that work.

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Collaborative​ ​Philanthropy 

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.

Blue Meridian has raised over $1 billion to date and we welcome new partners seeking to invest significant capital.

General Partner List

The 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 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.

Limited ​Partners 

Each of our prospective Limited Partners is asked to commit at least $15 million. While a portion of this commitment goes into the central pool for all investments, Limited Partners can direct the balance at their discretion to individual investees in the portfolio.

Limited 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​ ​David​ ​and​ ​Lucile​ ​Packard​ ​Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports leaders and institutions working to improve the lives of children, families, and communities—and to restore and protect our planet.

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.

Partner​ ​Benefits

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

Our singular focus on issues related to US poverty, along with the size of our fund – over $1 billion pooled to date, make Blue Meridian a formidable leader in a growing field of philanthropic aggregators.

Our Partners also benefit from the unmatched 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, developing scaling plans, structuring deals, 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 connecting with leaders in the social sector field.