Year in Impact: Private Equity/Venture Capital Community Provides Unique Expertise to Help Families in Need

United Way’s relationship with the PE/VC Community spans more than a quarter century and is marked by extremely generous financial support, but also by a deep, hands-on commitment to interacting with the community in a way that makes United Way and our agency partners much more effective.

2017 was no exception. In fact, members of the PE/VC community came together in even greater numbers than last year – lending their consulting, analytical and financial expertise to multiple programs in our footprint.

  • DRIVE Initiative: PE/VC Leadership Council raised $500,000 in funding and also acted as strategic advisers on program strategy and marketing, leading to a $50,000 grant from the Hogan Foundation.
  • North Shore AmeriCorps Program: a team from Berkshire Partners worked directly with Corps members on data collection and program analysis, providing mentorship on Excel, PowerPoint, and public speaking.
  • United Way’s RFP Grant Review: Advent International hosted a grant review session to conduct a high level compliance review of six organizations applying for funding in United Way’s early education impact area.
  • Shared Services of MA Initiative: a team from Summit Partners, Bain Capital, and Parthenon Capital built a budget tracking system for early education providers and helped prepare the initiative pitch deck.
  • Youth Venture: PE/VC Associate Council raised almost $25,000 in seed funding, created and led professional development workshops, acted as team mentors, and served as pitch day panelists.
  • Thanksgiving Project: families and teams from Berkshire Partners, DDJ Capital Management, Falcon Investment Advisors, Bain Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners packed meals, loaded trucks, and distributed meals.
  • Pay-For-Success Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness: individuals from Berkshire Partners and Bain Capital partnered to champion this innovative program through its second year of success.
  • Community Care Days: HarbourVest Partners conducted two full days of service through United Way, sending almost 100 volunteers into the community for hands-on projects.
    Through these and countless other community initiatives, the PE/VC community contributed
    over 820 hours of hands-on volunteer work and over 210 hours of strategic consulting.

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