GEN NEXT FOUNDATION

Costa Mesa, CA   |  www.gennextfoundation.org

Mission

The Gen Next Foundation uses a venture philanthropy model to create opportunities and confront challenges that face future generations in the areas of education, economic opportunity, and global security.

Ruling year info

2010

CEO

Michael Davidson

President

Wade Lairsen

Main address

535 Anton Blvd Suite 1125

Costa Mesa, CA 92626 USA

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EIN

27-1276227

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Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (V12)

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The Against Violent Extremism Network

The Against Violent Extremism (AVE) Network is a unique and powerful new global force in the ongoing struggle to tackle violent extremism. Former violent extremists ('formers') and survivors of violent extremism are empowered to work together to push back extremist narratives and prevent the recruitment of 'at risk' youths.

AVE uses technology to connect, exchange, disseminate and influence all forms of violent extremism (from far right and far left to AQ-linked and inspired and gangs). It leverages the lessons, experiences and networks of individuals who have dealt first-hand with extremism. Through the website and YouTube channel, members can stay in touch, share ideas, collaborate, find investment and partners, and project their messages to wider audiences.

AVE was devised and launched by Google Ideas at the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin in 2011. It is managed by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and is a unique private sector partnership between ISD, Google Ideas, the Gen Next Foundation and rehabstudio.

Population(s) Served

The Redirect Method uses Adwords targeting tools and curated YouTube videos uploaded by people all around the world to confront online radicalization. It focuses on the slice of ISIS’ audience that is most susceptible to its messaging, and redirects them towards curated YouTube videos debunking ISIS recruiting themes. This open methodology was developed from interviews with ISIS defectors, respects users’ privacy and can be deployed to tackle other types of violent recruiting discourses online.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Gen Next Foundation works to create opportunities and confront challenges that face future generations in the areas of education, economic opportunity, and global security. We aspire to solve the greatest generational challenges of our time using a unique hybrid of private sector and non-profit business models – called a venture philanthropy model.

Gen Next Foundation incubates and grows ventures that are often high risk, forward looking, and high impact ideas. Our network guides and effectuates each venture with action groups capable of creative ideation, McKinsey style consulting, and world class execution. We align private sector leaders, government officials, and NGOs in a Venture Philanthropy model to ensure our ventures have the greatest impact.

We align the expertise and insights of leaders across disciplines and industries to apply the most current, forward-thinking solutions to generational challenges. Our Ventures and Partners receive world-class ideation, unparalleled development and growth guidance, and the entrepreneurial and execution capabilities of today's most successful business leaders.

Our innovative and much-needed ventures took great strides in 2017. Our work and our outcomes were intentionally focused on global security. Even after several years, we are the only private sector community leading the fight, both online and offline:
· The Redirect Method launched. In fact, more than 56,000 people across the U.S. searching for violent content saw our ads. 1,323 of them clicked and watched the content, redirecting them to alternate narratives. This kind of redirection has never been done before and is changing how we fight terrorism online. Our jihadist channel has a click-through rate of 3.15%, and the marketers among us will recognize how impressive that number is. More than 4,600 minutes of our violent far right counter content has been viewed and more than 1,500 minutes of our counter-jihadist content has been viewed. That's impressive when you keep in mind the average online attention span for a video is just 9 seconds! This means at-risk individuals actually engaged with our content, designed to move them away from violence.

We launched AVE in North America and partnered with the Seattle Police Department. It was the first time former violent extremists have led a police training in this country.

· In the first two months of our North American launch, 10 new AVE formers joined our network. Two of them — an ex-neo-Nazi, Shannon, and an ex-jihadist, Jason — were born in America and helped train police officers in Seattle. Even more formers are on the way, after we finish vetting them.
· Kicking off with a keynote address from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, we partnered with USC to spotlight solutions to homegrown domestic terrorism.

All of this work and momentum has been noticed. First, Bloomberg profiled our Against Violent Extremism network. Spotlighting the other side of our global security portfolio, ABC's "20/20" with Diane Sawyer aired a special segment — "ISIS in America" — that features our Redirect Method. More than 3 million people watched.

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GEN NEXT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2020
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Board chair

Paul Makarechian

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes