Children: Birth through Career

Curated by Sarah Jankowski

United States, Nationwide

Our young people are the world’s greatest asset. Talent drives progress and talent is found everywhere. It’s just that some of this talent, doesn’t have the same platform to connect with opportunities to succeed. Poverty stands in the way. There is no silver bullet to curing poverty. However, we have some great ideas. We can dramatically change the lives of children who struggle with barriers dealt to them by poverty and help lift them out of it to achieve their full potential. This portfolio focuses on a suite of organizations that reach children beginning early and continuing through important life moments: birth, elementary school, high school, college, and career.

These are the programs you would want your own child to be a part of. Private capital (your donation) has the chance to make an impact in unique and effective ways. Public funding cannot be innovative in the same way. Your funds can help these game-changing organizations. What would you do…

• Imagine you’re a new mother. You’re leaving the hospital without a support network, no strong parental role models, and not even a car seat to take your child home. Room to Grow will both get you that car seat and provide you with guidance, books, and development-focused toys and supplies for the next three years. You’re now a super-mom.

• Imagine your child is going to school in a neighborhood plagued by gangs with a 46% High School graduation rate. DreamYard will help your child find their voice, resist negative pressures and become a leader in the community. Oh, and it nearly doubles the graduation rate too.

• Imagine your child is in high school. You believe in your heart that your son or daughter is so talented they can go to the college of their dreams…if only they had a little support. Opportunity Network will get them there and stick with them for six years through graduation.

• Imagine your child lost their way, and into their 20’s they haven’t quite managed to get themselves out of a minimum-wage job while the city around them bursts with opportunity such as careers in finance or technology. Year Up can change their lives, giving them a hand up, some excellent training and placement with top employers where they can thrive.

By supporting these organizations, you are supporting children from birth to a successful career. You are changing lives.

Nonprofits in this fund

Year Up

General Operating Support

Boston MA 02109 US

Year Up has served nearly 20,000 young adults and place them at more than 250 corporate partners. Young adults earn an average of $38,000 dollars as compared to the annualized federal minimum wage for $15,000. This changes lives for the students and helps the economy.

The Opportunity Network

General Operating Support

New York NY 10004 US

Opportunity Network works with students for six years, beginning in High School. More than 90% of students in Opportunity Network are the first in their families to go to college.


General Operating Support

Bronx NY 10456 US

DreamYard develops leaders and nurtures young peoples' artistic voice. Over the years in has worked with 250,000 students in more than 100 public schools. 94% of its students report DreamYard helps them do things they couldn't do before.

Room To Grow

General Operating Support

New York NY 10010 US

Room to Grow reaches 600 children annually and 90% of them are thriving and developmentally on track based on valid assessments. This compares to fewer than 40% of low-income children under age three who are on track without interventions.

Sarah Jankowski's giving strategy

My approach to giving includes identifying strong leadership with an outcomes-driven lens who will run an excellent program.

About Sarah Jankowski

I am the child of a low-income family. Growing up in rural poverty, I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. Many of my peers did not make it that far. I know first-hand the untapped potential waiting to be unlocked in our youth.

Today, I am the President of the Foundation at Viking Global Investors, one of the world’s most successful investment firms. It’s grants are designed to help break the cycle of poverty by finding extremely promising solutions, with strong leaders, and the data to show it works. I also worked in the nonprofit and government space for nearly 10 years. I know what successful nonprofit management looks like from the inside.

6 years of grantmaking experience

Experience at Viking Global Foundation

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