Venn makes customized
Program-Related Investments (PRIs)
funded by donor syndicates.
A Powerful Tool
Program-Related Investments (PRIs) are a powerful and versatile tool in the philanthropic toolkit. PRIs can be made to advance any charitable purpose, to any kind of entity, in any financial structure. And any financial returns can be recycled for new charitable purposes, multiplying impact. Learn more...
Most donors do not know about or use PRIs today:
- Individuals and businesses cannot make PRIs with charitable donations directly.
- Most donor-advised funds are not allowed to recommend PRI distributions.
- Only a tiny sliver of private foundations use PRIs. In 2004, the peak year for PRIs from 2000-2010, only 137 of ~66,000 US private foundations (0.2%) made one or more PRIs. (Lilly School)
The Venn Model
Using specialized donor-advised funds called "Venn Accounts", any individual or entity can suggest, anchor, join, and syndicate PRIs with their charitable donations. Venn makes the PRI and has full legal and operational responsibility. Any financial returns from these PRIs go back to participating Venn Accounts for the donors to redeploy into new PRIs or to grant out as desired.