Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation seeks to transform the lives of greater numbers of America’s most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged young people.
They make large, long-term investments, frequently partnering with other funders, and promote effective public and private support of non-proﬁts with a potential for growth and compelling evidence that they can help more young people become successful adults.
Their Grantee Portfolio:
EMCF invests in non-profits that serve vulnerable young people who are the hardest to reach, with the greatest obstacles to overcome on their way to productive adulthood. Their 21 grantees have compelling evidence they help these youth get an education, hold a job, and stay out of trouble.
In 2012, the Foundation's 20 then-current grantees served approximately 142,500 young people, ages 9-24, in 49 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
Their investments are helping grantees strengthen their evidence base and organizational capacity so they can benefit greater numbers of young people more effectively and become models and leaders in youth development.
Their Theory of Change:
EMCF seeks to transform the life trajectories of America’s most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged youth by expanding the number of non-profits with the evidence base, organizational capacity, and operational scale to achieve this important goal.
Over more than a decade, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has developed, tested and refined a theory of change to accomplish this:
EMCF selects outstanding non-profits with a potential for growth and compelling evidence that their programs help young people become successful, productive adults.
They invest in a grantee by structuring their investment according to the needs and nature of the organization and the goals it has set in the course of business planning, providing flexible upfront growth capital that will help it fulfil its plans to expand.
They support their grantees by augmenting their financial investment with the advice and expertise of an experienced EMCF portfolio manager who provides access to additional resources, including assistance with business planning, evaluation, organizational capacity building, board and talent development, and communications.See more