Who We Fund
Aunt Bertha is a social services search engine that matches people in need with service providers. It’s technology not only helps people find, select and seamlessly apply for assistance, it helps agencies operate more efficiently, collaborate more effectively, and better evaluate the impact of their work.
Since launching in 2011, 56,675 individuals have used Aunt Bertha to find services, and more than 200 agencies are spending less time on paperwork and more time helping people because of Aunt Bertha technology.
Welcoming America inspires people to build a different kind of community– one that embraces immigrants and fosters opportunity for all.
Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities across the nation becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong.
myAgro’s savings model helps small-scale farmers double their harvests, increase farm income, and ‘save their way’ out of poverty using their mobile phones and a network of local vendors to save for fertilizer and seed.
myAgro envisions moving a million small-scale farmers beyond subsistence farming and out of poverty by 2022.
Aunt Bertha is a social services search engine that matches people in need with service providers. Aunt Bertha’s technology not only helps people find, select and seamlessly apply for assistance, it helps agencies operate more efficiently, collaborate more effectively, and better evaluate the impact of their work.
Since launching in 2011, 56,675 individuals have used Aunt Bertha to find services, and more than 200 agencies are spending less time on paperwork and more time helping people because of Aunt Bertha technology.
The Bridge International Academies mission is to provide every child with the chance to have a high-quality primary education regardless of their family’s income – in a nutshell, “Knowledge for all.”
Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest education innovation company serving the 700 million children whose families live on less than $2 USD per day.
The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was launched in 2004 to empower this generation of creative scientists to transform medicine.
Tuberculosis has destroyed millions of lives and threatens millions more in the developing world. With 95% of cases in the developing world, there is little incentive for research. Broad is conducting a five-year TB Project focusing on the fundamental problem of persister bacteria as well as drug resistance.
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a preeminent international research institution, achieving breakthroughs in molecular biology and genetics and enhancing scientific knowledge worldwide.
Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory is more than 600 researchers and technicians strong.
Jewish Home Lifecare is creating innovative new approaches to eldercare that are true to their Jewish values and built upon a foundation of making all elders feel at home.
From staff diversity initiatives to all-staff training, to offering telehealth devices with dialogues in many languages, Jewish Home is committed to being on the forefront of the changing face of aging.
Teach For All seeks to expand educational opportunity around the world by increasing and accelerating the impact of national organizations that are cultivating the leadership necessary for change.
Teach For All has embarked on a proactive strategy to attract and support the highest potential social entrepreneurs to lead programs in at least five countries in the Middle East and Africa by 2016.
Turner Impact Capital seeks to generate superior risk-adjusted financial returns by investing in urban markets with supply & demand mismatches of workforce housing, quality public schools and preventative care facilities, and a lack of institutional capital.
The Turner Multifamily Impact Fund addresses the widening housing affordability gap in underserved communities across the United States through the acquisition and management of up to $1 billion in apartment communities.
Boys & Girls Harbor empowers children and their families to become full, productive participants in society through education, cultural enrichment, and social services.
Founded in 1937, the Harbor serves 1,300 young people and adults—primarily Harlem and South Bronx residents—annually.
Turner-Agassi is the nation’s first market-driven real estate fund designed to accelerate growth of charter schools by constructing new facilities or retrofitting existing properties.
Over 5 years, TACSFF will develop 80 to 100 charter school campuses serving up to 50,000 students.
The Center for Jewish History in New York illuminates the history of the Jewish people through scholarship and cultural programming, exhibitions, lectures and performances.
In 2009 CJH launched a genealogy institute that provides a wealth resources and open access to family history research tools.
Digital Divide Data is a social enterprise providing world-class IT services and building bridges to opportunity in the global economy, by training, employing and giving talented, poor youth in developing countries access to better opportunities.
DDD graduates increase their earning power—an estimated $110,000 more—over their lifetimes.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need by donating to classroom projects posted by teachers across the country.
During funding period Donorschoose.org leveraged nearly $600k for classroom projects, engaged 76,000 citizen philanthropists and reached 2.5m students across the country.
TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who, without financial aid, cannot afford a college education that will enable them to participate in the American workforce.
TheDream.US’ goal is to enable over 2,000 highly motivated, low-income, immigrants to graduate with career-ready degrees over the course of the next decade.
Echoing Green provides promising social entrepreneurs working all over the world start-up funding, customized support services, and access to their global network.
Since inception Echoing Green fellowships have been awarded to more than 500 social entrepreneurs in 40+ countries.
Equal Opportunity Schools partners with high schools, to address under-enrollment in the best academic programs – identifying, enrolling, and supporting capable “missing” students – boosting academic achievement, college access and success.
To date, over 2,600 students have moved up into—and succeeded in–AP and IB classes success at Equal Opportunity Schools partner schools.
FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build skills, spark innovation, and foster leadership.
In the annual FIRST Robotics Competition, teams of young people build and compete with robots of their own design; PSF has sponsored hundreds of teens on New York City teams since 2008.
FNF’s mission is to create systemic reform within Newark’s K-12 education system that results in demonstrable high academic and developmental achievement for all youth.
Since inception FNF has partnered to invest more than $75m in Newark’s students, including $50m of a groundbreaking teachers’ contract that will become a model for urban contracts around the country.
Friends of the High Line works to build and maintain a public park on the High Line, a formerly abandoned rail line elevated above Manhattan’s West Side.
Ultimately spanning more than 23 city blocks, the High Line is entering the final phase of construction and hosts more than 4m visitors each year.
Global Health Delivery aims to improve health worldwide by bridging the gap between knowledge and practice in global health delivery, through online professional communities, case studies, educational programs and publications.
During the grant period, GHD’s teaching cases were made available at no cost to 60,000 educators, and their online platform, GHDonline, hosted 7,000 global health implementers from 160 countries.
Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest people reach their full potential, connecting their determination and skills with the resources they need, including access to essential financial services and information on agriculture and health.
Grameen Foundation’s TaroWork brings technological applications and services to organizations focused on poverty alleviation.
Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine is a pioneer in the field of global health delivery through its integration of rigorous scholarship with on-the-ground service delivery.
In 2013, an endowed Chair in Global Health was established at HMS to further heighten the department’s vision of improving global health delivery.
Harvard’s multidisciplinary Foundations of Human Behavior initiative —spanning the biological and the social sciences—and the application of this new knowledge will address some of society’s most intractable challenges.
Since launch its in 2013, FHB has established three endowed professorships and a Venture Fund for Research to encourage and support new discoveries.
Health Leads works with hospital and health centers to create a healthcare system addressing all patients’ basic resource and social needs as a standard part of quality care.
Since PSF investment, Health Leads has served more than 23,000 patients at 15 hospitals in six cities, mobilized more than 900 student volunteers, and doubled its annual earned revenue.
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, focusing international attention where human rights are violated.
Human Rights Watch led a successful campaign for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first permanent international tribunal to prosecute the world’s worst crimes.
The Innocence Project is dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing, and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
To date, IP has exonerated more than 300 people, including 18 on death row, and successfully advocated for nationwide reform around non-DNA issues (eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, etc.).
KickStart designs, manufactures, and sells high quality, low-cost irrigation pumps to poor farmers so they can harvest year-round and build profitable family enterprises.
To date, KickStart has sold 231,000 pumps, facilitated 150,000 micro-enterprises, and moved 750,000 people out of poverty.
Last Mile Health is built around the belief that no one should die because they live too far away from a doctor. LMH provides community health workers in rural Liberia the training, equipment, supervision and incentives they need to save lives in health districts with the most limited access to health care.
By 2017, Last Mile Health will serve 150,000 people in last mile villages, reducing childhood mortality by 33% and increasing access to prenatal care by more than 50%.
Living Goods empowers ‘Avon-like’ micro-entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth while selling a broad assortment of affordable, life-changing products to the poor in Africa..
Over the last 4 years,Living Goods has built a network in Uganda of 1,000+ sales agents and opened to a second country through Living Goods Kenya.
MATI provides assistance with new business startups and the expansion of existing ones, via business consulting, assistance in financing, tutoring and training in a variety of business fields.
Since its establishment, MATI has assisted 26,000 entrepreneurs, 6,000 new or expanded businesses, and facilitated 15,000 new jobs in Jerusalem.
MASS is a non-profit architecture firm that builds to improve health and empower people by focusing on excellence of design and community integration in resource-poor settings.
MASS’ Butaro hospital saved millions of dollars in construction fees, provided more than 4,000 jobs, and provided a community in need a dignified, healing space through purposeful, human-centric design.
Minds Matter transforms the lives of high-achieving, low-income high school students through mentoring, academic coaching and leadership development.
Since 1999, 100% of Minds Matter students have been accepted into a four-year college.
Natan is a giving circle that supports Jewish and Israeli nonprofit innovation through entrepreneurial philanthropy that enriches both givers and recipients.
Since 2002, Natan members have awarded $8.6m to 145 social entrepreneurs and emerging nonprofits around the world.
New York Junior Tennis & Learning is the largest tennis and education-themed community organization in the United States, offering comprehensive school and community based programs throughout New York City’s five boroughs.
During the funding period, NYJTL broke ground on the Cary Leeds Center—a world class facility housing 20 tennis courts, 2 stadium courts, and a youth clubhouse in the Bronx.
Nuru is dedicated to building a self-sustaining, self-scaling, integrated development model to end extreme poverty in Africa, by addressing hunger, economic security, preventable disease, and education.
On average, Nuru farmers see a 123% increase in farm yield.
One Acre Fund is building Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers, enabling them to double income on every planted acre by providing a comprehensive “market in a box”: farm inputs on credit, input delivery, training, and market access For-Profitable harvest sales.
One Acre Fund aims to serve 1 million farm families by 2020, who will, on average, double their take-home farm income.
The Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholars program for the Oxford 1+1 MBA Programme will enable up to five extraordinary individuals per year to realize their passion of addressing world-scale social challenges – studying at Oxford Univeristy.
The Oxford 1+1 Programme allows students to pair the breadth of a one-year Oxford MBA with the depth of a one-year specialist Oxford masters.
Park Avenue Armory’s mission is to revitalize one of New York’s historic treasures as a groundbreaking, dynamic arts space dedicated to works that cannot otherwise be mounted in traditional venues.
In 2013, the Armory reopened its Board of Officers Room, one of the most important historic rooms in America, which has been transformed into an intimate space for small-scale performances, recitals, and installations
Peace First exists to create the next generation of peacemakers, by teaching young people the skills of peacemaking.
The Peace First Prize, launched in 2013, awards $50,000 and a two-year fellowship to 10 young people each year who have created more peaceful communities.
The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is pursuing breakthroughs in cancer care by advancing the most innovative research and facilitating partnerships between the science and business communities.
The Alliance’s first initiative, the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators, will provide scientists the freedom to pursue their boldest research at a stage when traditional funding is lacking.
Housing projects seeded by Portland Trust have built 7,000 new homes and created thousands of jobs in the West Bank.
Practice Makes Perfect is redefining the summer learning experience for underprivileged students in New York City by pairing academically struggling students with older, higher achieving peer mentors from the same neighborhoods for a comprehensive summer academic experience.
In its first 2 years of operation, PMP has directly impacted 200 students (and thousands more indirectly), eliminating the summer learning gap and helping students return to school in September not three months behind but one month ahead.
Robin Hood fights poverty in New York City by finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
Since 1998, Robin Hood has distributed $1.25 billion—and 100% of donations–to New York City’s most effective poverty-fighting organizations.
Root Capital is a social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for agricultural businesses.
By 2016, Root Capital will triple its reach to 1.7m farm households and make $330m in disbursements ($50m through new portfolios).
The Schwarzman Scholars endowed international scholarship program, housed in Beijing, will be dedicated to academic excellence and the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures.
PSF will fund one Schwarzman Scholar per year for fifteen years.
Signature Theatre Company exists to honor and celebrate playwrights by making an extended commitment to each playwright and engaging them in every aspect of the creative process.
Their Signature Ticket Initiative makes New York theater accessible to all by offering $25 tickets to every seat at every performance during the initial run of any Signature production. Last season, 61,224 audience members—60% of total ticket buyers—attended subsidized performances.
The Silk Road Project is an internationally minded arts, cultural and educational organization that promotes sharing across cultures, art forms and disciplines.
Since 2007, the Silk Road Ensemble has performed dozens of times around the world; hundreds of public school students and teachers have engaged in arts education; and a thriving Cultural Entrepreneurship program has been established at Harvard University.
Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
PSF supports TFA-New York which has 1,700 teachers in classrooms, 120 alumni principals leading schools, and 65 alumni officials in the Department of Education.
THIRTEEN is one of the most respected and innovative public media providers and the most-watched public television channel in the nation.
Broadcast in the U.S. on Thirteen, Simon Schama’s Story of the Jews is a series about those moments when the Jewish experience—what Jews thought, wrote, said, and mourned– changed the world.
The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund was formed to make follow-on investments in for-profit companies with strong social missions, including Echoing Green fellows.
Since inception, TSEF has co-invested recoverable Echoing Green grants and made direct investments in several growing companies with high social impact, ranging from pharmaceutical safety to capacity-building for small shopkeepers in developing markets.
UJA Federation pools the resources of more than 60,000 donors to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen communities around the world.
Each year, UJA touches 4.5m lives, through its network of more than 100 beneficiary agencies.
Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
In 2012, Year Up launched the Professional Training Corps (PTC) creating scalable alternative models of work-and-learning pathways, starting at Miami Dade College, the largest institution of higher education in the United States—with the goal of serving at least 10k young adults annually.
IDinsight’s mission is to partner with clients to generate and use rigorous evidence to improve social impact.
Since its founding in 2012, IDinsight’s services have influenced major large-scale policy decisions affecting over 16 million lives while saving governments hundreds of millions of dollars.
Crisis Action’s mission is to use new models of global collaboration to avert conflicts, prevent human rights abuses, and ensure governments fulfill their responsibility to protect civilians. As a catalyst and convener of joint action, Crisis Action’s work behind the scenes enables coalitions to work quickly and effectively.
When atrocities are committed in countries around the world, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals hired to document war crimes and report them to the rest of the world. The E-Team Documentary follows four investigators who share a fearless spirit and a deep commitment to exposing and halting human rights abuses all over the world. This documentary is now available on Netflix.
CareMessage’s mission is to reduce overall healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes by helping hospitals and clinics inexpensively engage patients through the technology they have in their pockets.
Since its founding in 2012, CareMessage has served 80,000 patients in 11 states; by 2016, they aim to improve the lives of 1 million people in 25 states.
GiveDirectly aims to reshape international giving, making direct cash transfers to the poor the benchmark against which other, more expensive approaches are evaluated.
GiveDirectly’s transfers led to a 34% increase in earnings, while in Kenya efficient delivery means that 91c/dollar is delivered to the poor
Measures for Justice’s mission is to measure, flag and fix systemic problems in the 3,143 county criminal justice systems across the United States.
The net cost of maintaining a $29b+ prison system (and managing negative outcomes) is high. If Measures for Justice succeeds with one-quarter of its aspirations, justice would be better served and long-term savings would be significant.
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence
Row New York empowers young people from NYC’s under-resourced communities to build strength, gain confidence, and pursue excellence through the unique sport of rowing.
All of Row New York’s graduates go on to college, most on scholarship, and many the first in their families to do so. Once there, 93% remain on track to graduate, compared to just 50% nationally.
Seeds of Peace inspires and equips new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding, and skills needed to advance lasting peace.
There are now over 5,000 Seeds and Educators from 27 countries who prove that solutions exist, peace is possible, and there is reason to have hope for a better future.
Segovia is a technology platform to manage the complicated logistics of distribution and cash transfer payments to the extreme poor in emerging markets, addressing unique technical problems such as limited connectivity and dramatically reducing fraud, waste and delay.
More than half a trillion dollars of cash transfers and other goods are currently delivered through broken distribution systems in emerging markets.
Yahad-In Unum collects forensic evidence and eye witness testimonty about the Nazi mass executions in former Soviet countries, to ensure that mass killing will never again be a silent crime.
Yahad has researched 1,615 mass execution sites and has gathered 4,115 testimonies during the course of its 93 investigative research trips.