The mission of Breakthrough Collaborative is to increase educational opportunity for high-potential, low-income middle-school students and inspire outstanding college and high-school students to pursue careers in education. Breakthrough is a national, research-proven intervention. Its local affiliates in 35 sites and 27 cities reach nearly 3,000 students through intensive six-week summer sessions, school-year tutoring and Saturday enrichment sessions, high-school options counseling, and ongoing support and guidance through middle and high school. Intensive teacher training and guidance from professional educators support college and high-school students who teach, mentor, and inspire Breakthrough students.
BUILD uses entrepreneurship to propel disengaged, low-income youth through high school to college. BUILD students launch real businesses after they have written business plans, forecast financials, and presented to potential investors. By launching real businesses, students apply academic and life skills that make school relevant and motivate them to succeed. BUILD currently serves over 600 students from eleven high schools in Northern California and Washington, DC. BUILD’s approach translates into phenomenal success: 100% of BUILD graduates have graduated from high school and enrolled in college. Most importantly, as students prosper, the entire community benefits from their impact as role models, volunteers, and community leaders.
•Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
CEO is dedicated to offering immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services exclusively to men and women with recent criminal convictions in New York. CEO’s programs help participants gain the workplace skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to a stable, productive life. During the past 10 years, CEO has made 10,000 full-time job placements in hundreds of businesses. Findings from an independent, random-assignment evaluation of CEO programs by the research group MDRC show that participation in CEO significantly decreases several measures of recidivism, including arrests, convictions and re-incarceration for a new crime.
•College Possible (formerly Admission Possible)
College Possible has been recognized by President Obama and Ashoka, among others, as one of the most innovative and impactful programs in the country for increasing college access and success. They are currently expanding from three to a forecasted ten metro areas by 2015.
•Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)
CFED advances financial security and opportunity by helping Americans start and grow businesses, pursue post-secondary education, own a home, access financial services and save for their children’s and own economic futures. As a national leader in its field, CFED is building a human capital model that will align with its new strategic plan and a leadership development structure that will strengthen its long-term sustainability.
•Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
Corporation for Supportive Housing (NY) has, in the past 10 years, created more than 150,000 units of supportive housing in more than a dozen regions in the county, either alone or through partnership. As a recognized leader in the national movement to end homelessness, CSH was selected by the Obama administration to be among the first Social Innovation Fund intermediaries. The organization is now focused on building the management and leadership infrastructure to support its rapid growth as well as geographic and programmatic expansion.
GreatSchools is the nation's leading independent information source on school performance, helping nearly 40% of US families with children make better decisions about their children's education. GreatSchools is building the additional talent management capabilities it needs to compete for talent with for-profit technology companies such as Google, expand its program scale and scope, and build the leadership depth needed for its long-term sustainability.
Harlem RBI is a youth development organization based in East Harlem. Compared to the youth population in the communities it serves, Harlem RBI participants are nearly twice as likely to graduate from high school, seven times as likely to be admitted to college, and nearly eight times more likely to avoid teen pregnancy. With a commitment of more than $30 million from the NYC Department of Education and a $20 million dollar capital campaign, the organization is investing into expanding its service delivery in East Harlem and expanding its geographic reach.
•Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI)
Level Playing Field Institute's core program, SMASH, provides rigorous academic support in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to underrepresented students of color, and has been widely lauded for its track record of having its students apply to college, matriculate and focus their academic studies in STEM fields. From its current locations run in partnership with UC Berkeley, Stanford University, USC and UCLA, LPFI has ambitious plans to expand SMASH to more than a dozen similarly prominent universities by 2016.
•Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL)
LAUL has been at the forefront of identifying and addressing issues that are of concern to African Americans and other minorities in the City of Los Angeles for more than 86 years. The mission of the Los Angeles Urban League is to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through advocacy activities and the provision of programs and services in our uniquely diversified city and region. One of the League’s strongest assets is the Board of Directors which includes representatives of top American companies and individuals who are committed stakeholders and very engaged in the programs and activities of the League. The Los Angeles Urban League was recognized by the National Urban League with its highest national honor as the 2008 Affiliate of the Year. President & CEO Blair H. Taylor was honored in 2009 as a member of The NonProfit Times’ Top 50 Nonprofit Leaders of Power and Influence.
•Peer Health Exchange (PHE)
Peer Health Exchange (PHE) was founded to address a growing crisis: teenagers today are engaging in risky behavior in alarming numbers, harming their bodies and their futures. PHE gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training colleges students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education . Since its founding in 2003, PHE has trained more than 2,500 college student volunteers to deliver effective health education to over 25,000 public high school ninth-graders in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
•Rhode Island Foundation (RIF)
RIF is a proactive community and philanthropic leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. Founded in 1916, RIF is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States with assets of over $500 million. RIF is Rhode Island’s largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations, distributing grants of $27.5 million to more than 1,000 organizations last year, primarily arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, and human services. RIF also leads the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence (INE), which focuses on building nonprofits’ capacity in leadership development, organizational development, systems development, and engagement and reflection.
•Room to Read
Room to Read has opened more than 12,000 libraries and 1,500 schools worldwide, and currently opens six new libraries every day in nearly a dozen countries in Africa and Asia. The organization has won numerous awards including the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurs, Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award, Draper Richard Fellowship Award, and Forbes Top-30 Social Entrepreneurs award. AchieveMission is supporting a multi-year effort to strengthen its leadership and talent infrastructure to best sustain their rapid international expansion.
Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that is pioneering finance for grassroots businesses in rural areas Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. We provide capital, financial management training, and market connections to small and growing businesses that build sustainable livelihoods and transform rural communities in poor environmentally vulnerable places. Through innovative approaches to development finance, Root Capital aims to fill the “missing middle” of finance - serving organizations such farmers and artisan cooperatives caught in the gap between microfinance and traditional banking. We provide loans ranging on average from $25,000 to $1,000,000 to rural enterprises and agricultural entrepreneurs that link smallholder farmers and artisans to competitive markets. Since our launch in 1999, we have provided more than $175 million in credit to 265 grassroots enterprises, representing 385,000 farmers and artisans in 30 countries. We maintain a 99% repayment rate from our borrowers and a 100% repayment rate to our investors.