New Venture Fund: Using Philanthropy to Shape a More Just, Equitable and Sustainable Future
December 2019

In 2006, NVF envisioned a new way to invest in social change leaders and their capacity to do the important work the world needs done today. At the end of 2019, it manages a charitable portfolio of more than $356 million across nine regions around the globe and has launched more than 500 projects and counting. This report is a five-year look-back that chronicles NVF’s evolving model and growth trajectory to get good ideas to market faster by building bridges between donors and those with the ideas and commitment to make lasting change. This report shares information on NCF’s model, backers, financial growth, issues, and geographies.

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Reimagining Fiscal Sponsorship: Expanding the ways in which donors, nonprofits, and other social change actors can collaborate for change
May 2018

The New Venture Fund and the Tides Foundation co-authored this report about how an evolving model of comprehensive fiscal sponsorship gives funders and social change leaders the capacity to move more quickly toward desired outcomes. While fiscal sponsorship as it is traditionally understood may not seem like the obvious model for starting and scaling complex initiatives, platforms like the New Venture Fund and Tides serve as hubs of expertise that provide hosted projects with accordion capacity on which to draw in pursuit of their charitable goals.

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Developing Early Childhood Leaders to Support Strong, Equitable Systems: A Review of the Early Childhood Education Leadership Development Landscape
April 2018

The New Venture Fund, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, commissioned Arabella Advisors to research, assess, and analyze leadership development in the formal Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector. The resulting report identifies barriers that limit the growth of leadership development programs, assesses the ramifications on the ECE system, children, and their families, and examines how effective leadership and long-term funding for leadership development are vital for the sector’s sustainability. The report also highlights criteria that funders should consider when assessing opportunities and their respective outcomes and includes cases studies of four programs effectively building leadership skills among ECE leaders.

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Fulfilling Their Potential: Irving Harris Foundation’s Early Childhood Work, 2004-2014
March 2017

Based on an in-depth evaluation of the Irving Harris Foundation’s early childhood work between 2004 and 2014, this report examines the foundation’s approach, articulating its components and tracing its use through two complex, long-term efforts. The report thereby articulates and explores a model that other foundations can use to achieve outsized impact in the early childhood field and beyond. Components of that model include: engaging for the long term, seeking to build and empower networks that transcend the foundation itself, maintaining the flexibility to respond to emerging opportunities, and advocating for far-reaching policy changes—all while staying focused on the needs of the ultimate beneficiaries.

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Building Momentum in the Fight Against Food Waste: Five Promising Areas For Change
February 2016

The New Venture Fund, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise initiative, retained Arabella Advisors to identify transformational opportunities and implementation requirements to accelerate food waste reduction. This process included assessing the landscape of food waste actors, innovative new voices, and existing efforts; identifying gaps in the field; and engaging partners across the food industry to shape thinking on five crucial intervention areas in food waste reduction.

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The Craft of Prize Design: Lessons From the Public Sector
June 2014

The New Venture Fund incubated the Fund for Research on Public Sector Incentive Prizes, a donor collaborative consisting of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Case Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation, to support the research, development, and release of a report on the effective use of incentive prizes in the public sector. NVF commissioned Doblin, the innovation practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP, to draft this report, which provides a framework and tactical suggestions for incentive prize designers looking to drive social, economic, and technological change. The report is the most significant exploration of prizes published in the last five years and provides new trend data, practical design guidance, and case studies with lessons that can be applied to the public, nonprofit, and philanthropy sectors.

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From Good to Great: Exemplary Teachers Share Perspectives on Increasing Teacher Effectiveness Across the Career Continuum
April 2014

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year, in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) at American Institutes for Research and five leading national organizations, released a first-of-its-kind exploratory survey of over 300 National and State Teachers of the Year that analyzes the professional experiences and supports that these STOYs believe most influenced their growth and eventual excellence as a teacher.

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Engage a Range of Stakeholders to Strengthen Program Strategy: A case study of the planning process at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
November 2013

The New Venture Fund retained Arabella Advisors to provide facilitation support to the David & Lucile Packard Foundation as its Children, Family, and Communities Program (CFC) reassessed its strategy. This case study illustrates how meaningfully engaging stakeholders throughout strategic planning adds value to the process and the resulting plan.

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Re-Imagining Teaching: Five Structures to Transform the Profession
October 2013

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year released its first white paper about how to improve the stature of teaching so to attract and retain more great teachers. This paper explores five key structures that have the potential to transform teaching into a profession that fosters continuous improvement, high expectations, and shared accountability.

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Planning for Offshore Energy Development: How Marine Spatial Planning Could Improve the Leasing/Permitting Processes for Offshore Wind and Offshore Oil/Natural Gas Development
June 2013

The New Venture Fund’s Fund for Ocean Economic Research engaged an Analysis Group team to prepare an independent white paper analyzing the current regulatory environment for developing energy resources located in US ocean waters. This paper contains the Analysis Group’s recommendations based on that research.

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Engage Donors to Increase Impact
June 2013

This report researched and written by Arabella Advisors makes the case for methods to implement donor partnerships and presents the elements of successful collaboratives. This research was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Post Fiscal Cliff Polling
January 2013

Americans for Tax Fairness and Hart Polling have conducted a poll that shows that even after the fiscal cliff debate in December, Americans still support progressive tax reform. A majority of Americans support asking the wealthiest two percent of Americans and large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.

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