The New York Private Equity Network ("NYPEN") and co-hosts Robin Hood Foundation, Echoing Green, NYPACE, YearUp, and NFTE welcome you to a special event for socially-minded private equity and venture capital investors.
"Use the Knowledge and Skills Developed as an Investor to Make a Difference"
We invite you to join us on June 13th to learn more about these five tremendous philanthropic organizations (descriptions below), and about the programs they offer to private equity and venture capital investors who are interested in using the skills and knowledge developed as an investor to make a significant social impact.
The following are a few examples of programs that these organizations offer to private equity and venture capital professionals:
*Serve on the board of directors of a Robin Hood portfolio charity
*Spend an afternoon providing budgeting guidance to an Echoing Green charity lacking strong finance resources
*Screen business plans of prospective Echoing Green charities
*Work one-on-one with a local small-business entrepreneur from disadvantaged areas of New York City with NYPACE
Date: Wednesday, June 13th
Time: Presentations from 7:00-8:30pm followed by cocktails with speakers and NYPEN members
Location: Offices of Kirkland & Ellis, 153 East 53rd St (53rd and Lexington Ave)
About Robin Hood, Echoing Green, NYPACE, YearUp, and NFTE:
Robin Hood Foundation (www.robinhood.org) The Robin Hood Foundation is a non-profit organization that fights poverty in New York City by finding, funding and partnering with over 240 of the most effective programs and schools in the city's poorest neighborhoods. They then provide management assistance and support services to make them even stronger. Best of all, Robin Hood's board underwrites all administrative and fundraising costs so 100% of every donation goes directly to programs that fight poverty. In 2006, Robin Hood invested more than $76 million in programs and schools, and committed another $66 million to capital projects to help poverty-stricken New Yorkers build better lives for themselves and their families.
As part of its management assistance service, Robin Hood offers a board recruitment program. The program helps to place qualified candidates on the boards of directors of the nonprofits that are funded by Robin Hood.
The process begins with completion of a survey, followed by a face-to-face meeting with Robin Hood staff to parse out your philanthropic interests and learn about the general responsibilities of board members. If there are Robin Hood grantees looking for board members with your skills and interests, Robin Hood will send you written materials about those organizations for your consideration. If there is interest on both sides, Robin Hood will make the initial introductions, but it is up to you and the organization to ultimately decide if joining the board is appropriate. If you do become a board member, Robin Hood provides board orientation and other training to help you make the most of your board service.
For more information, please contact Heather Benveniste, Manager of Board Recruitment, at 212.227.6601 or [email protected]
Echoing Green (www.echoinggreen.org)
Echoing Green in one of the only global funders solely dedicated to early-stage social sector investing. Echoing Green is committed to supporting new approaches to entrenched problems that have resisted solutions until now. We identify extraordinary individuals with bold ideas for social change and provide them with the seed money and strategic support they need to launch new organizations. These extraordinary social entrepreneurs confront the root causes of society's most difficult problems. From working to end chronic hunger in Kenya to developing the first school for urban Native American children, Echoing Green is an indispensable first step to lasting social change.
For more information, please contact Leslie Liao, Strategy and Communications Associate, at 212.400.3957 or [email protected]
New York Professional Advisors for Community Entrepreneurs
NYPACE is a network of volunteers, from leading professional services companies, committed to advising entrepreneurs from under-developed areas of New York City. NYPACE provides an opportunity for these entrepreneurs to gain access to skilled advisors who can help them think through their business challenges, while allowing professionals to leverage their business experience in a community service context. In collaboration with local business advisory groups, NYPACE identifies appropriate small and early stage businesses, which would benefit most from the support of professional advisors. In small teams, the advisors work with an entrepreneur over a period of three to six months towards a specific objective set at the onset of the commitment. The NYPACE program aims not only to strengthen the respective businesses and the communities they operate in, but also to provide both parties with a unique opportunity to learn about and appreciate each other's communities.
For more information, please contact Dan Zamlong at 212.878.9425 or [email protected]
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship. Our success is our graduates -- enabling them to move on to full-time employment and higher education. Year Up is about providing opportunities for urban young adults to demonstrate their true potential.
For more information, please contact Lisette Nieves at (212) 785-3340 x1301 or [email protected]
Through engaging and experiential entrepreneurship education, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE, pronounced "nifty") helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. The NFTE experience, which is offered within middle schools, high schools and community-based organizations in 21 states and 13 countries, helps students explore new opportunities and opens up a world of possibilities around their career and educational aspirations. Since 1987, NFTE has reached over 150,000 young people, trained more than 4,100 Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers, and continually improved its innovative entrepreneurship curriculum.
For more information, please contact Connie Jones at [email protected]