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For more than four decades, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has sought to uphold the values that inspired the Clark family to create it. Learn About Our Investment Strategies Blue Meridian Partners Youth...

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EMCF helps nonprofits making a real difference in the lives of economically disadvantaged young people in the U.S. realize their potential to make an even bigger difference. On December 13, 2016, EMCF announced plans to spend all of its resources over the next decade to expand and sustain...

Children's Home Society of North Carolina - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth Children’s Home Society of North Carolina plans to increase the total number of youth it serves from 9,200 in 2016 to 10,600 in 2019. It will concentrate on its permanency programs, securing contracts with at least 20 certified partners for Wise Guys and developing the...

Wendy's Wonderful Kids - Plans for Growth

PLANS FOR GROWTH Building on its success in expanding the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in Ohio and elsewhere, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) is embarking on a 12-year Scaling Plan that aims to significantly increase adoptions nationwide and change the way our foster...

Youth Villages - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth Youth Villages is implementing the first phase of its 2016-2026 plan to scale YVLifeSet, its program that helps youth aging out of foster care and other forms of state custody transition successfully to living independently. During the first four years of its plan,...

Nurse-Family Partnership - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth Nurse-Family Partnership® is implementing a seven-year Scaling Plan. Today, NFP serves more than 50,000 families each year. Its plan calls for serving more than 60,000 families annually by the end of 2019 and 100,000 families annually by the end of 2023. NFP will...

WINGS for kids - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth Support from the Social Innovation Fund and True North Fund helped WINGS expand in South Carolina, including rural sites, Georgia and North Carolina, and launch four pilot sites in California. Its recently completed strategic plan calls for increasing the number of...

Children's Home Society of North Carolina - Evidence Base

Family Finding Preliminary internal data shows that, over the course of the program, foster youth are connected with a significantly expanded number (from 8 to 59) of relatives or resources. In 86 percent of cases, at least five relatives commit to ongoing relationships, and in 52...

Youth Guidance - Evidence Base

The University of Chicago Crime Lab has conducted two randomized controlled trial evaluations of Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) program. The first study found that during 2009-2010 program year B.A.M. improved participants’ academic engagement and performance while reducing...

Communities In Schools - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth Communities In Schools is on track to serve a total of 1.5 million youth annually by 2017, at least 10 percent of them with intensive, individualized services. CIS is beginning to plan its next phase of growth to take advantage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which...

Reading Partners - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth Within three years, Reading Partners plans to increase the number of youth it serves annually, from 8,200 in 2015 to over 11,000 in 2017, an increase of 37 percent. It has expanded its reach in California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas,...

Youth Villages - Evidence Base

Youth Villages' continuum of care deploys over 17 evidence-based protocols to ensure high-quality programming for young people.  The organization’s YVLifeSet program (formerly known as Transitional Living) is intended to help youth formerly in foster care or juvenile justice custody, or...

Year Up - Evidence Base

The Economic Mobility Corporation (EMC) conducted a small-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation of Year Up’s original Core model and found that: Compared to young adults in the control group, Year Up provided its students with greater access to full-time jobs and...

Year Up - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth Year Up is conducting a $225 million capital campaign to support its growth, impact, and innovation through 2021. During this period, Year Up plans to more than double the number of students it serves annually, from 3,000 in 2016 to 8,500 in 2021 (6,500 when Blue Meridian...

CAS-Carrera

Children's Aid Society–Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program helps young people avoid becoming teenage parents by setting them on the path to successful adulthood. Its afterschool model has been shown to reduce teen pregnancies by 50 percent. Founded in 1984, the Children’s Aid...

California PropelNext

Five foundations have joined together to pilot the  Propel Next  California Partnership  and help youth-serving organizations in the state boost their impact on young peoples' lives. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation , the David and Lucile Packard Foundation , the ...

Growth Capital

Growth capital fuels an organization’s expansion, but it is difficult for nonprofits to secure because most private and public funding supports the delivery of services. The multimillion-dollar investments that EMCF and Blue Meridian Partners make differ from most philanthropic and...

Due Diligence

Due diligence rigorously examines whether a prospective grantee and vulnerable youth could benefit from an EMCF or Blue Meridian Partners investment. We spend hundreds of hours poring over every aspect of an organization's program and operations. Due diligence initially concentrates...

PACE Center for Girls - Evidence Base

PACE’s internal and external performance tracking indicates positive outcomes for girls: Of the young women who participated in the program for more than 90 days, 91 percent improved academically and 73 percent improved by one full grade level. Of girls attending the program, 92...

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