Grantee Profile

New Venture Fund

Grants to New Venture Fund

  • $300,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Climate Solutions

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Venture Fund is a project and fiscal management organization that seeks a healthier, more equitable world across a range of social and environmental issues. New Venture Fund supports the CREO Syndicate, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2015 that provides education, transaction expertise, resource-sharing services and opportunities for collaborative investing to the growing network of qualified family offices, private investors and advisors for the purpose of mobilizing investment capital for climate and environmental needs. The CREO Syndicate is growing its current membership base to a sustainable operating model, with the goal of accelerating and optimizing the deployment of environmentally targeted patient capital to drive momentum in the private investment community on an ongoing basis. CREO’s strategic positioning as a trusted, mission-driven aggregator of opportunities for capital providers and recipients is essential to unlocking financial leverage for climate mitigation.

  • $1,250,000

    2016 (Duration 3 years)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Established in 2015, the Climate Education Fund supports organizations that work toward connecting local concerns about the health, environmental, and economic well-being of their communities to climate change. By investing mostly in state-based organizations that represent communities of color, faith communities, young voters, and working families, the Fund seeks to build a strong base of support for climate policy solutions in communities significantly impacted by the effects of climate change. The Climate Education Fund helps these organizations build and grow their membership base, skills, and capacity to engage in advocacy on climate and clean energy policy initiatives. The Climate Education Fund is a project of the New Venture Fund, which manages a large and diverse grant portfolio for donors interested in collaborative grantmaking. MacArthur’s contribution to the Fund increases the pool of financial resources available for work to promote climate solutions. 

  • $225,000

    2016 (Duration 1 year, 6 months)

    Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE), a project of the New Venture Fund, is a donor collaborative that was established in 2012 with leadership from the MacArthur Foundation. The overarching goal of the PSIPSE is to improve the quality of secondary education and learning outcomes for poor and marginalized youth in the developing world. In working toward this objective, PSIPSE has a three-fold goal to foster innovation, facilitate systemic change, and enhance learning to catalyze broader change in secondary education. Award funds will help to support efforts to systematically advance a collective learning and influencing agenda that builds off of the emerging evidence from projects funded to-date. Award funds will help to ensure financial stability and will assist in implementation of the new strategic plan.

  • $400,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Fund for a Safer Future (the Fund) was established in 2011 to bring new funding, energy and ideas to the gun violence prevention movement, and to enlarge the base of support for gun policies that prioritize public safety over the individual rights of gun ownership. The Fund is a project of the New Venture Fund, which manages a large and diverse grant portfolio for donors interested in collaborative grantmaking. Member donors, including the Joyce, MacArthur, and True North foundations. MacArthur’s contribution to the Fund increases the pool of financial resources available for work to promote sensible gun policies and to help attract other donors to these efforts.

  • $300,000

    2015 (Duration 2 years)

    Human Rights

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The award supports the Dangerous Speech Project ("the Project"), a project of the New Venture Fund, as it tests new ideas that aim to identify and diminish speech that has the potential to catalyze intergroup violence and respond to harmful speech that is unlikely to catalyze violence without engaging in censorship. Given that speech is increasingly anchored in the digital environment and mediated by companies, a particular focus ofthe project is studying and addressing speech occurring on social media platforms. Two areas of work are funded through the award. First, the Project is working with leading technology companies such as Facebook and Twitter, conducting research and advising them on how to make their platforms less hospitable to hateful and dangerous speech. Second, the Project is creating accessible, high-quality online tools for monitoring and countering dangerous speech to help ensure that the growing number of civil society organizations and others interested in addressing dangerous speech around the globe have the resources to guide their efforts. Grant money supports a portion of staff salaries, travel, and the development of online resources.

  • $252,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Managed under an administrative agreement by Arabella Advisors, The New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) established in 2006, conducts public interest projects and provides professional services to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change through strategic philanthropy. The New Venture Fund (Fund) provides the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE), a donor collaborative established in 2012, with fiscal sponsorship and project hosting services that enable PSIPSE to advance its agenda of improving access to quality secondary education in developing countries. The Fund hosts the PSIPSE's operations and provides financial account management and oversight, human resource management, and other services. It employs a full-time Coordinator to support and advance the objectives of the collaborative and maintains a restricted fund to receive tax-deductible donations to support PSIPSE activities.

  • $1,998,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that provides professional services to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change, assisting in the launch of new organizations, projects, and programs, and helping to execute donor-developed projects. This grant provides continued funding for the Connected Learning Alliance to bring to scale digital media and learning projects and spread Connected Learning to new audiences, with a focus on Cities of Learning.

  • $200,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that supports public interest projects in the U.S. and abroad. It provides professional services to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change, and helps launch new organizations, projects, and execute donor-developed projects. It is currently incubating the MacArthur-supported Connected Learning Alliance (CLA), a new collaborative effort whose goal is to ensure the scale-up of digital media and learning projects and the spread of Connected Learning to new audiences. This grant funds communications activities designed to spread the use of open badges for learning.

  • $3,800,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that provides professional services to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change, helping to launch new organizations, projects, and programs, and to execute donor-developed projects. New Venture Fund will use this grant to establish and make operational the Connected Learning Alliance (CLC), a new organization whose goal is to ensure the that digital media and learning projects are brought to scale, and that the Connected Learning concept spreads to new audiences. Over time, the CLC is expected to provide the infrastructure to support a learning agenda for the digital age.

  • $200,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that supports public interest projects in the United States and abroad. The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative is a multilateral, public-private endeavor designed to achieve the largest-ever increase in people-to-people educational exchanges between the U.S. and the broader Middle East. Using technology and an approach to education grounded in principles of Connected Learning, it is committed to cultivating a new generation of globally-minded and culturally-sensitive youth. This grant supports the launch of the initiative, including establishing a governance structure and meetings with experts in the Middle East.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded New Venture Fund $8,925,000 between 1978 and 2017.