Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.

As a private philanthropy based in Baltimore and working across the country, we make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity.

Investor ‒ CDFI/DFI


  • Access to Finance
  • Community Development and Housing
  • Employment Generation

Target Populations:

  • Minority Populations
  • Urban Communities

Investment Vehicles Offered:

  • Debt
  • Grants
  • Loans

Target Stages of Growth:

  • Ideation
  • Start-up
  • Early
  • Later
  • Mature