The Ballmer Group supports organizations and initiatives aimed at improving economic mobility for children and families in the United States. We focus our giving on interventions designed for those who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty.
There are multiple aspects of poverty, and we believe that all life stages and environmental factors impact a person’s potential for economic mobility. The Ballmer Group has a multi-pronged approach to its giving, and supports proven interventions that fall within these domains.
Provide grants to strong and innovative nonprofit organizations through long-term general operating support and larger catalytic investments aimed at regional and national scale.
The nonprofit sector is working with insufficient resources. Many of the strongest non-profits are “starved” by over-restricted funding that does not cover the full cost of services, making it difficult to build the infrastructure for program innovation and scale.
Invest in initiatives that support digital technology infrastructure, data-driven decision making, and continuous improvement practices in the public and social sectors. Encourage public agencies to identify and achieve better outcomes for our neediest citizens. Build advocacy capacity in policy areas that influence economic mobility.
Many of the services that support the populations we care most about in achieving economic mobility are primarily publicly funded. We will leverage philanthropy to incent public funding dedicated to the development and implementation of the most effective services.
Build the capacity of existing neighborhood transformation networks. We convene key partners and empower local leadership, as well as encourage the use of data-driven, proven methods and interventions.
Poverty is often concentrated in neighborhoods, many of which have suffered from systemic neglect. In the last two decades, community efforts have increasingly grown to provide connected, wrap-around support to individuals and families that extends cradle-to-career.
The Ballmer Group focuses its giving within the United States, supporting organizations with national and regional scale. Funding is currently concentrated in Washington state and Los Angeles County, California.
Applications for grant program are by invite only.
Connie Ballmer is the Co-Founder of the Ballmer Group, where they focus on improving outcomes for children and families facing intergenerational poverty in the United States.
Connie’s longstanding focus on the well-being of children, especially those living in out-of-home care, led to the creation of Partners for Our Children (POC) in 2006. Connie is also a general partner and founding investor at Blue Meridian Partners, a funding collaborative seeking to transform the lives of America’s most economically disadvantaged children and youth through strategic investments. She also serves on the board of the LA Clippers Foundation.
A native of Oregon, Connie serves as a trustee on the governing board at the University of Oregon, where she earned a B.S. in journalism before entering a career in public relations and marketing for the technology sector. Steve and Connie have three sons and reside in Bellevue, WA.
Steve Ballmer is the Co-Founder of the Ballmer Group, where they focus on improving outcomes for children and families facing intergenerational poverty in the United States.
He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, which during his tenure grew to almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the United States. He is also the owner of the LA Clippers basketball team.
Steve also leads USAFacts, a project to enable citizens to understand government in the US by the numbers -- revenue, expenses and outcomes -- much as corporations do through their 10-K reports. He has taught at Stanford University on this topic as well as on business leadership.
He grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University.