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Frequently Asked Questions

Blue Meridian Partners is still in its early stages. We will update this page regularly to answer questions as the initiative evolves. WHY WAS BLUE MERIDIAN PARTNERS FORMED? We created Blue Meridian to address several unmet needs. Twenty-one percent of American children live in...

Our Partners

Blue Meridian’s partnership is organized to aggregate capital and expertise more effectively and efficiently than any funder could individually. Our collaboration allows donors to participate in different ways, based on their interests and funding commitments. Eight General Partners...

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...

Early Childhood

The 15.4 million children living in poverty in the U.S. face serious challenges to their cognitive, social and emotional development and to their educational preparedness. Many of these obstacles on the path to successful adulthood emerge in early childhood and are best addressed before...

Investment Approach

EMCF and Blue Meridian Partners invest more than money in strengthening promising programs and extending their benefits to more youth. Our commitment includes thorough research, intensive planning, and expert advice. Our performance-based investment approach incorporates six major...

Employment

Inadequate education and the demands of a changing labor market are reducing job opportunities for low-income youth while they exacerbate economic and racial inequality.  By the Numbers Click to see more information about this figure ...

Our Investments

Blue Meridian Partners is initially investing in helping seven nonprofits develop or begin to implement plans for scaling their programs. Nurse-Family Partnership Wendy's Wonderful Kids Youth Villages Year Up HealthySteps BEST Upstream...

Capital Aggregation

Capital aggregation is a form of coordinated, collaborative investment that amasses private resources and unites grantees and philanthropists behind the common goal of expanding evidence-based programs while ensuring their quality.  Since 2007, EMCF has pioneered capital aggregation in the...

Blue Meridian Partners

Blue Meridian Partners is a new capital aggregation collaboration that plans to invest at least $1 billion in nonprofits poised to make a national impact on economically disadvantaged children and youth. Comprising 12 philanthropic institutions and individuals and incubated at EMCF,...

Blue Meridian Partners

Blue Meridian Partners is a partnership of impact-driven philanthropists seeking to change the odds for America’s children and youth living in poverty. Through large investments (up to $200 million) in the most promising interventions, Blue Meridian provides social-sector leaders the...

Following

Following First Statewide Pay-for-Success Program Helps At-Risk Moms Governing magazine reports on South Carolina’s innovative public-private initiative to quadruple the number of low-income families NFP...

Business Planning

EMCF and Blue Meridian Partners make investment decisions on the basis of sound business planning— a nonprofit’s roadmap to growth and sustainability. The plan may outline goals for evaluation, organizational capacity and other elements essential to expansion, and we often underwrite its...

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has helped young people reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 clubs serve some four million young people, ages 6-18, through membership and community outreach. Trained, professional...

Teen Pregnancy

America has by far the highest teenage birth rate among the most developed nations, perpetuating a generational cycle of poverty for many young low-income mothers and their children.  By the Numbers Click to see more information about this figure...

The Challenge

America faces a crisis. We are in danger of losing our next generation of young people and their contributions to society as increasing numbers of low-income youth fall behind in school or drop out, cannot find a job, enter the foster care or juvenile justice system, or are otherwise at risk...

Announcing Blue Meridian Partners and More

Blue Meridian Partners is a new capital aggregation collaboration investing at least $1 billion in high-performance nonprofits poised to have truly national impact for economically disadvantaged children and youth. 

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...

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