BRYANT STIBEL'S
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We are proud to partner with the following organizations that support our commitment to racial equity and inclusion; education; and our community at large.

Strengthening Our Commitment
to Racial Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment:

  1. We will continue to educate ourselves on the issues surrounding education inequality and the wealth creation gap for people of color

  2. We seek partnerships with, learn from and support organizations whose focus and understanding of the Black education gap are greater than our own and whose mission it is to help close that gap

  3. We will continue to dedicate our time, talent and capital behind educating Black and Latinx youth on technology, business and investing and its path to jobs and wealth creation

  4. We will create a new Bryant Stibel future entrepreneur internship for students of color

  5. We pledge to meaningfully direct resources to help fund entrepreneurs and businesses of color focused on technology or tech enabled companies

Racial Equity & Inclusion Partners

We want to recognize the following organizations and institutional partners that are helping us on this journey.

The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Bryant Stibel is proud to partner with an organization that advocates for vulnerable children across the United States. Kobe Bryant supported this organization and Bryant Stibel is currently working with SPLC leadership on the development of future strategic initiatives.

First Star partners with universities and child welfare agencies throughout the country to make a long-term investment in foster youth and change the course of their lives, from abuse and neglect to academic achievement and self-sufficiency. First Star Academies are long-term college readiness programs for high school foster youth ages 14-18 that include both four immersive residential summers on a university campus and monthly sessions during each school year. 

Bryant Stibel has been partnered with First Star for several years and our partner Judy Hackett sits on the board of this organization. Bryant Stibel is currently partnering with First Star to launch the First Star National STEAM Academy which will expand First Star’s programming to include a national virtual learning platform led by technology and grounded in social justice. First Star is partnering with universities and foster organizations throughout the country in addition to receiving help from corporations and individuals who will assist in developing age-appropriate, culturally responsive content. The First Star National STEAM Academy aims to increase teenage foster youth engagement in STEAM careers with a series of interactive “Tech Talks” led by positive STEAM professionals, as well as the expansion of technology in driving learning opportunities.

Open to All is a national nondiscrimination campaign that believes everyone should be welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, religion or disability. The Open to All campaign is supported by a wide array of more than 200 civil rights and racial justice organizations; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations and community centers; health advocates, disability advocates and faith organizations; and other groups. Together, the thousands of members of the Open to All coalition are working to defend the bedrock principle that when a business opens its doors to the public, it should be Open to All. The Open to All Advisory Council consists of the ACLU, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Center for American Progress, Color of Change, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Movement Advancement Project, Muslim Advocates, and the National Partnership for Women & Families.
PledgeLA seeks to make Los Angeles the most civically engaged and diverse tech hub in the country. PledgeLA members commit to increasing their community engagement and improving diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations and investments. Bryant Stibel is a proud member of PledgeLA. Starting in March 2018, a group of venture capitalists recognized the transformative role tech can play in the outcome of a city. Seeking to make a positive contribution for all Angelenos these VCs along with the Annenberg Foundation and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti began to convene tech industry leaders around an industry-wide effort to benefit the city of Los Angeles. The pledge evolved into a commitment by VCs and tech companies to engage meaningfully with the city of Los Angeles and ensure its incredible diversity be fully represented within the industry.

The Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) is a partnership between Andreessen Horowitz and the world’s greatest cultural leaders to advance more African Americans into technology. The basic goals of the CLF are twofold:

1)  Connect the greatest cultural leaders in the world to the best new technology companies.
2)  Enable more young African Americans to enter the technology industry.

To accomplish this, Andreessen Horowitz created a new fund with Limited Partners who are exclusively cultural leaders, with all of the fees and carry associated with this fund being donated to non-profit organizations that enable more African Americans to enter the technology industry. 

EDUCATION Partners

As a group, Bryant Stibel is deeply committed to supporting education and creating equal opportunities through education. Our proven experience as both education advocates and investors provides us with a unique opportunity to focus our efforts on creating impactful programs and helping close the education gap. Below are some education-focused partnerships that Bryant Stibel is actively engaged in.
Pepperdine University is a top-ranked University located in Malibu, CA with undergraduate and degree programs in the liberal arts, sciences, public policy, business and law. The school was recently named the 10th best school in America for entrepreneurship. Bryant Stibel participates in a flagship finance program that is a year-long series of courses and internships between Pepperdine and Bryant Stibel.

Founded in 1852, Tufts University is a leader in higher education, distinctive for its success as a university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Bryant Stibel has partnered with Tufts in a number of areas focused on propelling brain science research academically and technologically. Most notably, the team donated BrainGate Inc., and its patented BCI technologies to Tufts. The company’s foundational neural interface technology is the basis of most brain chips presently being developed for medical and commercial use.

Tufts, together with alumus Jeff Stibel and partners announced the launch of The Stibel Dennett Consortium for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in September of 2020. The Stibel Dennett Consortium represents a diverse collective of research and teaching initiatives supporting the deepening of brain and cognitive science across the university and beyond. Also created were the Stibel Family Professorship in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and the Stibel Family Fellowship which will allow further exploration enabled by BrainGate technology. Bryant Stibel will be working with Tufts to direct resources to further research and build an inclusive program.

CommonLit is focused on delivering high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12 to serve its mission of fostering the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. Bryant Stibel partners with CommonLit by providing access to free content as well as providing advisory services.

The Natural History Museum LA is dedicated to protecting and sharing more than 35 million specimens and artifacts, the largest natural and cultural history collection in the western United States, while encouraging communities to explore the nature and culture that surrounds us today, both in L.A. and the world. The Natural History Museum is also home to the La Brea Tar Pits, the largest collection of late Pleistocene asphaltic fossils in the world and still an active paleontological excavation site. Bryant Stibel partner Jeff Stibel sits on the Board of Trustees and Governors as a supporter and advisor.

COMMUNITY Partners

The Bryant Stibel team is passionate about connecting individuals and businesses that can mutually benefit each other. Our partners serve in an advisory capacity to many community-focused organizations in addition to the those in which they are formal board members. Below are some of Bryant Stibel’s active engagements with organizations committed to creating opportunities for impact both locally and nationally.
Founded in 2017, Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) is dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. Feeding America is AWMH’s primary partner when it comes to combating hunger and AWMH supports workforce education through the Metallica Scholars initiative. In addition, Metallica spreads philanthropic efforts by donating a portion of ticket sales in every city visited to a local charity. Bryant Stibel co-founder and managing partner Peter Delgrosso serves as an AWMH advisory board member.
LASEC is the nonprofit organization officially designated by Los Angeles Tourism to attract, secure and support high-profile sports and entertainment events in Los Angeles. LASEC champions Los Angeles by creating lasting and positive economic, cultural and social impact for the Los Angeles region by attracting and securing some of the the most high-profile events with global visibility. LASEC serves as a one-stop resource for high-profile events, connecting them with an expansive and trusted network of local businesses and communities to support their needs. Bryant Stibel is an Official Corporate Partner and Bryant Stibel co-founder and managing partner Peter Delgrosso sits on LASEC’s Advisory Board.
Since 1985 the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) has been providing a forum where entrepreneurs and executives of start-ups, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services. LAVA’s extensive slate of monthly Strategic Interest Group meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities. The annual Meet the VC conference, First Look LA and the LAVA Awards Dinner are the region’s premiere forums on investment capital. LAVA also co-produces events with many of their affiliated organizations. Bryant Stibel is proud to be one of LAVA’s Institutional Venture Partners with Bryant Stibel co-founder and managing partner Peter Delgrosso serving as an active LAVA board member.
With a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide, The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality and educate the public on LGBTQ issues. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation improves the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people by working to increase understanding and encourage the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. Bryant Stibel partner lead is Aaron Stibel.

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