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A Midpoint Report on the True North Fund

Researcher and evaluator Melinda Tuan describes what the fund's nine initial grantees have accomplished in the first two years of the initiative, the challenges they have faced, and the lessons they—and we—have learned.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the national office for a network of more than 365 local agencies that match adult volunteers with children facing adversity to engage in professionally supported one-on-one mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has two core programs, community-based and...

Talent Development Secondary - Evidence Base

The effectiveness of the Talent Development Secondary  program was demonstrated by a 2004-2006 evaluation conducted by MDRC of high schools with which TDS partnered in Philadelphia before the launch of Diplomas Now. In high schools, TDS produced substantial and pervasive impacts...

Children's Institute, Inc. - Evidence Base

Children's Institute, Inc.'s Integrated Service Model provides coordinated, evidence-based prevention, intervention and treatment services to children and families. Its evidence-based programs include multi-dimensional treatment foster care, functional family therapy, and trauma-focused...

Past Grantees

Since 2001, EMCF has invested in more than 40 organizations in our Youth Development Fund. The following organizations received support from EMCF to develop comprehensive  business plans , as well as long-term  investments  to implement their growth plans. Learn more about...

The SEED Foundation

The SEED Foundation opens and supports public boarding schools that help underserved students who need more than a traditional educational setting overcome obstacles and succeed in school, college and life. The SEED Foundation (SEED) integrates a rigorous college-prep academic program and...

HealthySteps - Evidence Base

HealthySteps has significantly positive outcomes for children, their families, and the physicians and practices that serve them. That was the conclusion, published in 2003, of a National Evaluation of HealthySteps conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health...

Interview with Nancy Roob & Stan Druckenmiller

The following column, "Blue Meridian Partners: A Collaborative Form of “Big Bet” Philanthropy Aims to Give $1B to Youth Programs," was originally published in the Nonprofit Quarterly . Blue Meridian Partners is a relatively massive endeavor. Why do you feel it is so important to get...

Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund is a federal initiative that enlists private intermediaries to help expand evidence-based programs promoting economic opportunity, healthy lives, and youth development. As the fund's largest intermediary, EMCF has helped 12 grantees reach an estimated 110,000...

Michael Bailin's Essays

Michael Bailin, who served as President from 1996 to 2005, wrote several essays about the Foundation’s transformation and trends in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors: Great Expectations Versus Getting the Job Done (2004) argued that "even though philanthropy is capable of...

Power of Partnership

Aggregated growth capital investments offer many advantages to co-investors and grantees that help them serve more youth more effectively. For co-investors, the benefits include: Leveraging the impact on disadvantaged youth of one’s own investment by adding other funders’...

Tracking Performance

EMCF and Blue Meridian Partners measure the progress of grantees toward their growth and evaluation goals to ensure they are making an impact on the lives of vulnerable youth. Although our grants are generally unrestricted, we and the recipient set annual and end-of-investment milestones...

Strategic Counsel

EMCF and Blue Meridian Partners augment growth capital by providing every grantee with a highly engaged strategic adviser and access to outside expertise and other resources as necessary. A portfolio manager with extensive experience in organizational management and youth development works...

Our History

Learning from our successes and failures, EMCF has continually evolved. While expanding our resources and partnerships, we have sharpened our focus on helping the least fortunate members of society. The story begins in the 1880s when David Hall McConnell, a door-to-door book salesman in...

True North Fund Grantees

The True North Fund portfolio was a blend of 12 local, state and national nonprofits spanning the 9-to-24 age range and three of EMCF's outcome areas: education, employment, and reduction of risky behaviors. These investments delivered effective programming to significantly greater numbers...

True North Fund

EMCF launched a new fund in 2011 to aggregate private growth capital and help programs supported by the Foundation and the federal Social Innovation Fund expand to serve more low-income youth. The name we gave this fund—the True North Fund—reflected the inspiration and...

Our Next Chapter

December 13, 2016 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are writing to share exciting news. With a deep desire to improve the lives of many more disadvantaged children and youth, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's trustees have decided to "sunset" the Foundation and spend all of its...

Results

The investment approach EMCF has developed over a decade and a half has benefited tens of thousands of young people and dozens of nonprofits that help them. More youth served In 2015, 21 EMCF grantees reached more than 192,000 young people in 49 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico...

Grantees

EMCF invests in nonprofits that lift the life prospects of vulnerable youth who are the hardest to reach, with the greatest obstacles to overcome on their way to productive adulthood.  We make these investments in pursuit of three distinct but related investment strategies, through EMCF’s...

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