Supporters

The Barr Foundation

The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Barr’s work focuses on three areas: Arts & Creativity, Climate and Education. This is complemented by grantmaking to strengthen New England’s social sector, and by targeted, time-limited Special Initiatives. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, to advance solutions for climate change and to connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets of $1.7 billion, and has contributed more than $838 million to charitable causes.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people — especially those with the fewest resources — have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

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The Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in their communities.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports grantmaking efforts to re-shape the education system to be more student-centered. They envision an education system where learning transcends the traditional school calendar and setting. They envision a system where students progress based upon mastery of a skill or topic, rather than time spent in a classroom.

New Profit

New Profit is a pioneering venture philanthropy organization (501c3). We back a portfolio of breakthrough social entrepreneurs who are taking on America’s toughest, most entrenched challenges. In partnership with a national network of philanthropists, we provide social entrepreneurs with unrestricted grants and strategic support to help them build high-impact organizations. We also strengthen the ecosystem that surrounds our grantee-partners to help them thrive, and invest in new social innovations aimed at driving widespread change.