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Our Strategies

Our Strategies

EMCF makes large, long-term investments that help high-performing nonprofits lift the life prospects of more children and youth living in poverty. 

Our performance-based investing approach, developed and refined over more than 17 years, provides organizations the capital and support necessary to achieve their growth ambitions, and at the same time hold them accountable for performance and results.

EMCF pursues this approach through two strategies:

Incubated at EMCF and launched in 2016, Blue Meridian Partners is a collaboration of 12 philanthropic institutions and individuals. Sharing decision-making authority, the Partners are investing at least $1 billion in propelling evidence-based programs to a scale that maximizes their impact directly, serving greater numbers of youth from birth to age 30, and indirectly, increasing their influence on the child welfare, educational, judicial, and other systems that affect young people’s lives.

EMCF invests independently through its Youth Development Fund, established in 2000, which helps high-performing organizations build the infrastructure and evidence they need to expand and help economically disadvantaged youth, ages 9–24, get an education, find a good job, and avoid setbacks such as teen parenthood or criminal behavior on the path to successful adulthood.


Capital Aggregation

EMCF has pioneered a new kind of collaborative, coordinated investment that fuels the growth of evidence-based programs with flexible, upfront capital. LEARN MORE

Drawing on our grantmaking experience, EMCF also supports nonprofits through a third strategy that helps them use data to improve performance and amplify their impact:

This initiative, founded in 2012, helps promising nonprofits transform their passion for serving disadvantaged youth into data-driven insights and practices that foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement and lay the foundation for future growth. Currently EMCF and four California-based foundations are piloting the PropelNext California Partnership to boost the impact of youth-serving organizations in that state.