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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 whole.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 children.

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 example:

  • Providing low-cost access to high-quality preschool and early childhood development programs
  • Offering mentoring and college preparedness through afterschool programs
  • 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. Visit

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 Washington 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 Washington, DC.

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.

College Summit 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 Washington, DC.

Latin American Youth Center serves multicultural youth with a comprehensive set of social services and educational, work skills, advocacy and residential programs.

Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care provides an integrated set of health care, education, and social services that embrace a culturally diverse community.

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.