Venture Philanthropy Partners

Venture Philanthropy Partners

Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a philanthropic investment organization that helps great leaders build strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions. It concentrates money, expertise, and personal contacts to improve the lives and boost the opportunities of children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region.

At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Venture Capitalist
  • Social Impact


1201 15th Street, NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20005

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Organization Mission

Venture Philanthropy Partners is based, as its name suggests, upon a partnership approach. When we initiate an investment in a high-performing nonprofit organization, we call that organization an “investment partner” rather than a “grantee,” because we aspire to develop a close, long-term relationship. We are not naive enough to believe that the power differential between grantmaker and grantseeker magically disappears, but we do make every effort to build trust between the parties, share risks, and structure the relationship so that our success is directly predicated on our partners' success. 

When we enter into an investment partnership, we aspire to serve as a trusted advisor, helping great leaders build stronger, more effective, more enduring organizations to better serve children. Our investments are not intended to fund program costs. Instead, the focus of every VPP investment is helping leaders build the strength of the organization behind their programs, often referred to as "organizational capacity." We support our portfolio organizations through large-scale, multi-year funding; through the expertise of our in-house investment team; and through the leverage of a wide network of outside contacts, resources, and professional advisors.