The New Venture Fund is proud to work with leading philanthropists on innovative projects in the United States and around the world. Highlights of the NVF project portfolio include:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Small Grants Initiative and Global Policy and Advocacy
Six years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched its Global Health Advocacy Small Grants Initiative (SGI). SGI provided targeted and cost-effective funding for time-sensitive advocacy projects that help improve global health by raising awareness, improving communication, and increasing funding. The initiative focused on small projects that could leverage resources and magnify impact, such as awareness campaigns and strategic meetings and events. When the term of the investment ended, the Gates Foundation decided to grow the program and focus on policy and advocacy projects. In 2012, the foundation launched the Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) program. Since 2007, the funds have granted or contracted over $20 million to 70 organizations in 20 countries.
Child Nutrition Initiative
The Child Nutrition Initiative is a public education and advocacy campaign funded by leading philanthropists to bring attention to child nutrition issues and support the expansion and reauthorization of the 2010 Child Nutrition Act.Project Case Study
Climate Interactive is building a community that creates, shares, and uses credible models, accessible simulations, and related media in order to improve the way leaders and citizens around the world think about the climate.
Collaborative for Student Success
The Collaborative for Student Success is a multi-donor fund that seeks to invest in national, regional, and state communications and messaging efforts that build support among parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers for implementing Common Core state education standards. The collaborative will invest in grants to education groups that support messaging and polling activities, the development of communications toolkits, and convenings to advance the implementation of the Common Core standards.
Early Learning Lab
Early Learning Lab is a new venture designed to catalyze high-leverage change in early childhood. The lab takes proven practices in early childhood and injects needed innovation to create scalable solutions that can give teachers, parents, and caregivers the skills they need to help children thrive and achieve. A team that combines deep early childhood expertise with design and innovation capacities works with others to advance key initiatives, support needed experimentation, and synthesize and share new learning to drive broader change.
Equity and Excellence Commission
NVF supports the Equity and Excellence Commission, a project aimed at bringing about a significant shift in the public discourse on education in the United States. The commission’s work will help restore public trust in education and reaffirm the importance of good schools in ensuring the nation’s long-term economic interests. NVF’s philanthropic partners—the Broad Foundations, Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, W.K Kellogg Foundation, and the National Public Education Support Fund—provide generous support for this project.
Every Mother Counts
The Every Mother Counts campaign is an independent effort to engage mainstream audiences, particularly women and mothers, and give them the tools they need to drive global policy changes that will reduce preventable maternal deaths and create healthy, stable environments for vulnerable mothers and children.
Hamburger Hummus is a comedy that showcases the innovative and culturally diverse aspects of modern Israeli life that are less well known outside the country. The goal of the project is to foster broader awareness of the people and culture of Israel.
Latino Victory Foundation
This is an ambitious, non-partisan effort to ensure that the growing influence of the Latino population is brought to bear in policy debates and elections. Founded by Eva Longoria and Henry R. Muñoz III, the foundation aims to build political power so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in policies. It engages Latino voters and donors and develops Latino leaders in order to elevate and advance Latino values such as immigration, the environment, health, education, and opportunity.
Literacy Design Collaborative
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a significant and well-funded new education initiative called the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) to support teachers as well as schools, districts, and states around the country to implement the Common Core State Standards around literacy in K-12 education. LDC provides teachers with a guiding framework that includes tools such as high-quality lesson plan content, webinars, online platforms for sharing instruction plans, and networking events such as convenings. Now two years old, the initiative continues to grow, providing more resources for school districts, states, and professional development organizations around the country.
National Convening Council
The National Convening Council (NCC) is a private sector initiative bringing together leaders from business, state and local governments, philanthropy and the faith, youth and nonprofit communities to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by underserved youth, including boys and young men of color. Over the next several months, the NCC will travel the country, hearing about community efforts to address the needs of our nation’s youth, while also lifting up examples of cross-sector efforts that are having a positive impact. The NCC will also facilitate coordination and communication among these various sectors. It is co-chaired by Magic Johnson Enterprises’ Earvin “Magic” Johnson and former Deloitte CEO Joe Echevarria.
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders
The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders aims to promote economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible systems of food production. The network brings together foundations and other partners to raise awareness and funding for organizations that promote sustainable production and education about how food systems are connected to environmental stewardship and the viability of rural communities.
Upstream’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty in the United States by helping women start families only when they feel they are ready to do so. Upstream draws upon rigorous research to develop a training and technical assistance intervention for health centers to change the way they offer and evaluate reproductive health care. By providing women with support and services, the project is laying the foundation for increasing access to opportunity for millions of low-income Americans.
This three-year, three-million dollar donor collaborative advocates for healthy and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene standards in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. WASH partners with think tanks, universities, and socially responsible corporations to educate policymakers and the public about the impact unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene have in developing countries, and to increase awareness about solutions and the amount of resources devoted to them. The collaborative also makes subgrants to on-the-ground initiatives.