Private Equity / Venture Capital

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United Way’s relationship with the private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) industry has been built over the course of 26 years. Originally focused on one annual event, the PE/VC Leadership Breakfast, this relationship has expanded to include the development of signature volunteer projects and partnerships on United Way strategic initiatives.

Industry impact is spearheaded by two volunteer boards: the PE/VC Leadership Council and the PE/VC Associate Council.

Impact of United Way and the PE/VC Industry

  • United Way’s new Venture Fund catalyzes new ideas for driving population-level change. A competitive, juried selection process will result in up to 4 awards of up to $75,000 each to nonprofits that have the experience, community presence, and relationships to approach a big problem in a new way.
  • The industry raises an annual $2.3 million to support United Way programs through the Breakfast, workplace campaigns, and individual philanthropic support.
  • The PE/VC Leadership Council acted as a strategic partner for the DRIVE Initiative, a data-driven program that screened over 6,000 children for developmental delays.
  • In only three years, the PE/VC Associate Council has raised over $170,000 while contributing over 1,150 hours of volunteer work and over 800 hours of strategic consulting.
  • Industry leaders aided in the launch and execution of United Way’s Pay for Success program targeting chronic homelessness, which has successfully housed over 500 participants so far.
  • Last year, industry members and their families engaged in over 900 hours of hands-on volunteer work.

Participating Firms Include:

  • ABRY Partners
  • Advent International Corporation
  • Audax Group
  • Bain Capital, LLC
  • Battery Ventures
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Charlesbank Capital Partners
  • DDJ Capital Management
  • General Catalyst
  • Great Elm Capital Group
  • Great Hill Partners LLC
  • Guidepost Growth Equity
  • Harbourvest Partners
  • J.W. Childs Associates
  • M33 Growth
  • M/C Partners
  • Parthenon Capital
  • Polaris Partners
  • Providence Equity Partners
  • Riverside Partners
  • Summit Partners
  • Symmetric Partners
  • TA Associates Mgmt., L.P.
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners

Change can’t happen without you. Opportunities include:

  • Numerous events geared toward involving families and kids
  • Hands-on volunteer events exclusively for the PE/VC community
  • Skills-based projects leveraging strategy and analytics
  • Sponsorships for industry events and volunteer projects
  • Opportunities to serve on the boards of United Way-funded agencies

Sign up for the PE/VC Pipeline e-newsletter for upcoming networking events, volunteer opportunities, and news about our work. For more information, please contact Kate Lubin at or 617-624-8217.