The Lever Fund finds, funds, and partners with high-performing nonprofits that prepare low-income students and workers for 21st-century employment.

Since 2016, the Lever Fund has made four investments in high-performance, high-impact DMV nonprofits—in Northern Virginia, the District, and Maryland—for a total of $145,000:

In selecting our first nonprofit investees—as we do with all of our investees—we focused on:

  • Impact
  • Leadership
  • Financial sustainability

Under our methodology, we gauge the effectiveness of our investees in terms of benefit-cost ratios that capture the dollar value of specific, measurable outcomes made possible by our investments.

For example, a 19:1 benefit-cost ratio—as in the case of Washington Parks & People’s Green Corps Program—indicates that for every dollar invested, 19 dollars of value are generated to the benefit of program participants (typically captured in a projected earnings boost over a 10-year period).