Get Involved in Your Community
Entrepreneurism has created considerable success for many in the
National Capital region, and it remains a driving force in our economic
future. With success, however one judges it, comes great opportunity—the
opportunity to use your talent, energy, and resources to help others.
This, after all, was the premise upon which Netpreneur was built. And we
believe it will be one of its most enduring legacies.
When the time is right for you, we urge you to find a way to make a
difference in the lives of others in our community who also deserve their
opportunity. There are many ways for you to get involved in the National
Capital region —volunteering, donating funds, time, or services, even just
learning more about the issues. For a roadmap to the resources and
organizations at work in our community, visit
Learn More About Venture Philanthropy Partners
Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) was born as a result of work by a
small group of individuals who came together to explore strategies to make
philanthropic giving more effective. These men and women felt that one way
to address some of society’s most difficult social challenges was to
influence change in the flow of resources that that underpins the
nonprofit sector. Many of them started out as netpreneurs and found in
their success a strong desire to help in a way that could support the
efforts of great community leaders here in the National Capital
region—and, through their success, influence change on the sector as a
Creating VPP completed a circle in the mission of the Morino Institute:
to help technology entrepreneurs achieve their dreams—and then help social
entrepreneurs who provide services that improve the lives of children in
the hope that they will have the chance to pursue their dreams.
VPP works to improve the lives of children of low-income families by
pursuing two interrelated goals.
It helps leaders of high-quality, community-based nonprofits
strengthen their organizations, offering not just major funding but
also significant management expertise and other non-financial
resources that are too rarely available.
VPP is joining with others in the field to inspire philanthropists,
corporate and nonprofit leaders, and public policymakers to help
increase the effectiveness and the flow of capital, talent, and other
resources to community-based organizations meeting the core needs of
Learn more about VPP’s approach, partners, and progress. Visit
Support High-Quality, Community-Based Organizations Serving Children
Venture Philanthropy Partners makes philanthropic investments in
high-potential nonprofit organizations in the National Capital region.
These community-based organizations serve the education, learning, and
development needs of children in our area in many different ways, for
- Providing low-cost access to high-quality preschool and early
childhood development programs
- Offering mentoring and college preparedness through afterschool
- Helping at-risk teens realize their dreams through attendance at an
innovative public charter school
- Supporting new American children and their families with mental and
social services in multiple languages
But our partners also have much in common—visionary leaders, quality
programs, true dedication, and the potential to grow and have an even
greater impact on our community. Learn more about these organizations.
Meet the VPP Investment Partners
Asian American LEAD
provides after-school programs, leadership training, mentorships, and family-support services for Asian American youth.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater
provides after-school academic enrichment and athletic activities for 35,000 children annually throughout the region.
Center for Multicultural Human Services
offers mental health, educational,
consulting, training, and social services in 30 languages to refugees and
immigrants in Northern Virginia.
CentroNía (formerly Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center)
provides pre-K, charter school education, and child and youth
development and family programming in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of
Child and Family Network Centers
provides free and fully accredited
preschool education and family support, literacy, job training, and health
programs to families in Alexandria.
increases the college enrollment rate of talented low-income
students by putting college access
“know-how” and support within the reach of every student.
Friendship Public Charter School is the largest public charter school in
DC, operating five campuses with more than 3,000 students in grades pre-K through 12.
Heads Up runs after-school and summer education and enrichment programs
for children and families living in the most under-resourced parts of
Latin American Youth Center
serves multicultural youth with a comprehensive
set of social services and educational, work skills, advocacy and residential
Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care provides an integrated set of health
care, education, and social services that embrace a culturally diverse
See Forever Foundation's
mission is to create learning communities in lower income urban
areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in
traditional schools, can reach their potential.
The SEED Foundation founded and manages The SEED Charter School of
Washington DC, the first college preparatory urban public boarding school in the nation. www.seedfoundation.com/