The Gen Next Foundation works to create opportunities and confront challenges that face future generations in the areas of education, economic opportunity, and global security. We aspire to solve the greatest generational challenges of our time using a unique hybrid of private sector and non-profit business models – called a venture philanthropy model.
When private sector and thought leaders turn their attention, time, and revenue towards supporting game-changing, socially impactful projects, the results can shape the future for millions around the world.
The Gen Next Foundation focuses on three issues that drive prosperity for future generations:
Education, Economic Opportunity, and Global Security.
More than 25% of U.S. students fail to graduate high school in 4 years. Students are ill-prepared to keep pace with their global peers.* *Source: Council on Foreign Relations, 2012
Despite having a large and powerful economy, the U.S. doesn’t crack the top-100 in rankings of “macroeconomic climate,” an indication we aren’t structured for future economic expansion.* *Source: World Economic Forum, 2014
Issues like opportunity and internet freedom are of growing importance in emerging nations, tying closely to political stability and security.* *Source: Pew Research Center
Public education is in crisis at a time when global competition is fierce. The ability of future generations to compete and succeed globally hinges on education at all levels primary, secondary, and advanced. Access to quality, enriching education is necessary to give young people the skills, knowledge, and creative experiences they need to pursue great opportunities and achieve long-term success.
We believe our ability to grow our economy and innovate relies upon a great education system, and we must optimize the quality and accessibility of educational experiences for everyone. Change and results are best realized through increasing competition, accountability, and transparency.
To ensure economic growth and opportunity for future generations, we must promote ideas and policies that made the United States as successful as it is today. Creating opportunities for success requires a thriving free-enterprise economy that provides jobs, encourages innovation, and rewards an entrepreneurial, competitive spirit.
We support policies and programs that encourage economic expansion, ensuring future generations have equal, or better, access to opportunities that we have today. Whether supporting pro-business policies or decreasing government interference and taxes, we strongly believe that increased market freedom strengthens the economy.
Without a stable, safe environment to grow up in, future generations have far less of a chance to achieve their dreams. Overcoming 21st century challenges demand that our nation’s defense apparatus is the most funded, versatile, well trained, respected, and effective in the world.
We must prioritize diplomacy, and present a positive image of the US in the world. By observing trends in instability, violence, and extremism, both in our own neighborhoods and around the globe, we can better understand the roots of these problems, and develop solutions to solve them through community, technology, and other innovative methods.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
Gen Next Foundation incubates and grows ventures that are often high risk, forward looking, and high impact ideas. Our network guides and effectuates each venture with action groups capable of creative ideation, McKinsey style consulting, and world class execution. We align private sector leaders, government officials, and NGOs in a Venture Philanthropy model to ensure our ventures have the greatest impact.
We align the expertise and insights of leaders across disciplines and industries to apply the most current, forward-thinking solutions to generational challenges. Our Ventures and Partners receive world-class ideation, unparalleled development and growth guidance, and the entrepreneurial and execution capabilities of today’s most successful business leaders.
The best and brightest from research and education
Successful entrepreneurs and innovators
Impactful private organizations and nonprofits
Courageous and forward-thinking political leaders
Venture Selection Process
We partner, catalyze, and scale ground-breaking ideas into world-changing projects.
Assessment and Review of Needs
Setting Vision and Goals
ID Potential Partners
Board Review and Approval
Incubate and Grow Project
Evaluate Case Studies
Measure and Report Outcomes
We track directional focus, capacity for growth, partnership potential, estimated social ROI, and measurability of outcomes and impact.
We gauge financial stability, opportunity to develop independent revenue streams, and impact sustainability outside of the GNF venture pipeline.
We evaluate the relevance of the venture to public and political discourse, social media virulence, and mission credibility among thought leaders and the public.
We measure the ability to lead or disrupt a traditional solution in one of our issue areas, the opportunity to inform policy-making in an issue area, and the progress this venture might make on the larger world.
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