Over the years VPF has partnered with three investees. Each was its own unique experience. All resulting in stronger organizations that are better equipped to make change.
In 2008-2009, VPF partnered with Concrete Safaris, which designed an after school education program on a youth-led organic farm in East Harlem, so participants can become the next generation of environmental leaders. Our start-up grant allowed the founder to pay herself for the first time, among other things. We also worked with her on board development, finances, marketing, and fundraising.
In 2009-2010, VPF partnered with Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective, which does advocacy/organizing, educational support, and outreach programs with the goal of helping young mothers in the short and long term, so they can become self-sufficient adults. Our grant supported their programs. We also helped build organizational capacity, develop marketing materials for outreach and fundraising, and board development.
In 2010-2011, VPF partnered with Full Circle Education, which works to get more deserving young people accepted into college through the power of peer-to-peer learning. The grant was made towards its Collaborative Learning SAT Program. We are also helped with mission and vision planning, board development and marketing materials.