Venture Philanthropy Partners: Investing in Social Change.


June 2015

Fri, 2015-06-12

“As of today, I will be the first in my family to attend a four-year college. I have been offered $25,000 in scholarships and was accepted to 16 colleges and universities. In August of this year I will be a proud freshman attending Morgan State University in Baltimore.”
- Destinee Clarke, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection student

From Carol’s Desk: Celebrating 15 Years and Our Vision Forward

On Thursday evening, June 4th, the sound of the Friendship Collegiate Academy Vocal Ensemble singing “Happy” filled the rotunda at American University’s Katzen Arts Center with joy. The talented group of students surprised the crowd with a flash mob to the hit song at VPP’s 15th Anniversary Celebration, and they closed out the night with a moving rendition of Estelle’s “Conqueror” with a standing ovation from the audience. Watch the video here.

We gathered last week to celebrate 15 years of working together to create brighter futures for low-income youth across the National Capital Region. By harnessing the power of collaboration, we have helped tens of thousands of vulnerable youth get into and excel in school, access services they need to stay healthy and prepare for a successful future. In total, we’ve raised over $100 million to support some of the Region’s highest-performing nonprofits. VPP has helped our investment partners expand to 80 new sites and serve 50,000 young people each year.

At the event, we were honored to be joined by so many people who have played a role in VPP’s success over the years – our community of investors, board members, the team, our nonprofit partners, youth, civic leaders, friends and family.

Read more about VPP's anniversary celebration and launch of the Capital Kids Portfolio in this column from VPP President and CEO Carol Thompson Cole.

Thank You Capital One!

We want to thank Capital One for sponsoring Venture Philanthropy Partners’ 15th Anniversary Celebration. Capital One has served as an integral thought leader and partner of VPP over the years. Capital One was VPP’s first corporate investor – as a company based in the Region, they saw the need for VPP’s work and have continued their support with more than $1 million in funding to VPP for more than eight years since 2007.

Many thanks to Frank LaPrade for making this longstanding and invaluable relationship possible. When our Master of Ceremonies, Leon Harris, introduced Frank during the program, he shared a story about why Frank joined the VPP board. Frank said, “VPP takes promising organizations and scales them up, creating the ability to serve the community in a more effective way. It amplifies the work being done, providing horsepower and brainpower to its portfolio organizations.” Well said, Frank.


VPP Welcomes New Communications Director

We’re thrilled to announce our newest team member here at VPP – Roshin Mathew.

As the Communications Director, Roshin will oversee the organization’s external communication and outreach. In her role, Roshin will implement a communications strategy to achieve VPP’s priorities, while also pursuing opportunities that continue to showcase VPP as a leader in the field.

Read Roshin’s complete bio on the website.



Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) makes the future brighter for youth living in the National Capital Region by tackling the largest barriers to their success and forging partnerships that bring the expertise, passion and reach necessary to achieve life-changing results. Over the past 15 years, VPP has raised $100 million to help children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region access quality education, health care and career training – setting them on the right path to learn, graduate, and become successful, healthy adults. This funding, coupled with our management expertise and support in strengthening staff leadership, has increased the capacity of local nonprofits to help them expand to 80 new sites and serve 50,000 young people each year.
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