BLUE RIDGE FOUNDATION: MATT KLEIN

Blue Ridge Foundation New York launches technology-based ventures to advance equal opportunity in America. Our social innovation incubator helps develop effective strategies for connecting people living in high poverty communities to the opportunities, resources, and support that they need to fulfill their full potential. Founded in 2000, Blue Ridge has provided $9.5 million to nearly 20 start-ups, which have subsequently raised in excess of $110 million during their time in Blue Ridge’s portfolio and positively impacted tens of thousands of lives. Support for start-ups (nonprofit or for profit) includes up to $500,000 in seed funding over an organization’s first years; free space in Blue Ridge’s office; hands-on management assistance; and, access to a broad network of social sector leaders.

ABOUT MATTHEW KLEIN:

Matt is the executive director and first staff person of Blue Ridge Foundation New York, a social innovation shop.  Blue Ridge funds and incubates start-up technology-based ventures that advance opportunity and upward mobility in America.  He is also an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches courses on venture philanthropy and the nonprofit capital market.  Prior to Blue Ridge, Matt co-founded Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a Connecticut-based youth development agency, and served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, one of the principal litigating attorneys in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit.  He has been a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation and the Next Generation Leadership program of the Rockefeller Foundation. Matt attended the Boston Public Schools, Yale College and Yale Law School.

Matt currently serves on the boards of directors of iMentor, Single Stop USA, Campaign for Community Change, Community Service Society of New York, Uncommon Schools’ Leadership Preparatory Network, Achievement First’s Apollo School, and Albert Schweitzer Fellowship as well as on the advisory boards for DataKind, Center4, and Arbor Brothers.
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