Early Learning Ventures is a nonprofit organization founded by the David and Laura Merage Foundation. As venture philanthropists, David and Laura Merage provided the seed funding to launch ELV, and the vision to bring this groundbreaking initiative to scale. They believe all children have the right to develop strong learning foundations through universal access to high quality early care and education, and they are utilizing a result oriented business approach to strengthen the industry and improve universal access to high quality early care and education.
The Merage Foundation’s operational platform was modeled on the successful business ventures of their founding family. Their entrepreneurial spirit and management expertise provides a clear road-map for our investment strategy. They invest in, and take risks with, innovative people and organizations.
Collaboration with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors is the cornerstone of Early Learning Venture’s work. Leverage is a significant component to the initiative’s strategies; leveraging existing human capital to provide technical assistance and reduce overhead costs; leveraging intellectual capital to effect systems change; and leveraging financial capital to a sector previously ignored.
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