Mission

Ballmer Group supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. We envision a country where every child, regardless of background and circumstance, has an equal chance to achieve the American Dream.

Approach

Recognizing that the conditions of poverty are complex, our philanthropy and civic activism strengthen promising and proven approaches to improve opportunities for children and families from birth to career.

Geographic Focus

Ballmer Group supports organizations and initiatives with local, regional, and national scale. We currently have offices in Bellevue, WA and Los Angeles, CA, and we plan to establish a presence in Detroit, MI.

Applications for grant program are by invitation only.

Strategies

Support Existing Organizations

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.

Incent Efficient Use of Public Funds

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.

Accelerate Neighborhood Transformation

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.

Founders

Connie Ballmer
Connie Ballmer
Co-Founder

Connie Ballmer is the Co-Founder of Ballmer Group, which supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty.

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. Connie and her husband Steve have three sons and reside in Bellevue, WA.

Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
Co-Founder

Steve Ballmer is the Co-Founder of Ballmer Group, which supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty.

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 like 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. Steve and his wife Connie have three sons and reside in Bellevue, WA.

Follow Steve on Twitter: @Steven_Ballmer.

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