Through everything we do, in business and philanthropy, we aim to connect people, resources and ideas to advance solutions that empower and uplift communities.Paula Recart, Chief Impact Officer
By the Numbers
donated to create and support the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
leading non-profit organizations have joined McCourt Global in supporting Project Liberty’s efforts to fix the internet.
community organizations supported in Marseille by the
emissions during a 7-minute aerial ride to Dodgers Stadium via the proposed LA ART project.
committed by McCourt Global to advance healthier, algorithm-free social networking.
people accessed public programming for free during the 2021 and 2022 Unfinished Live events at The Shed in NYC.
A results-driven approach to impact
“Every piece of code we develop is within an ethics framework.”
Denise Duncan, Senior Director of Operations, Amplica Labs
Today, mega platforms govern social networking – a model that drives negative consequences and conflicts with the needs of the world’s digital citizens. With MG’s vision and support, Amplica Labs is focused on empowering people over platforms, enabling users to take control of their personal data and revolutionizing social networking. “Amplica Labs is dedicated to developing infrastructure to empower the visionary builders who are reshaping the landscape of social networks,” says Denise Duncan. “We’re helping pave the way toward a new, healthier version of the web.”
Reclaiming digital power
The Amplica Labs team developed a groundbreaking, open-source protocol designed to serve as a new infrastructure for the next generation of the web: the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP). DSNP lays a foundation for internet users to own and control their data, and to participate more fully in the digital economy. Distinct from other blockchain-based social networking projects by decoupling financial incentives from the core protocol, DSNP is designed to support a healthier third generation of the web and was released to the public by nonprofit Project Liberty in 2021. “The time has come for a paradigm shift, where digital power is reclaimed by the people themselves,” shares Denise.
Empowering people over platforms
Amplica Labs’ work to develop ethical technology reflects McCourt Global’s values and commitment to supporting bold solutions. In addition to designing DSNP, Amplica Labs was the initial technical contributor to Frequency, a Layer 1 blockchain that enables builders to deliver decentralized social applications at a massive scale by breaking longstanding pricing barriers. “We are continuing to build out an ecosystem of transformative technology to enable apps to deliver unparalleled transparency, choice, and agency,” explains Denise, “so people, instead of centralized platforms and corporations, can control digital spaces.”
“OM is a unifying force in Marseille and beyond.”
Pedro Iriondo, General Manager, Strategy & Development, Olympique de Marseille
The iconic French football team, Olympique de Marseille (OM), is committed to harnessing the unifying power of sport, the passion of the fans, and the club’s organization and brand to support cultural development, economic opportunity, and social responsibility across Marseille. Driven by his belief that professional sports teams can be powerful civic assets, Frank McCourt launched the OM Foundation in 2017, after he acquired the celebrated Ligue 1 football club. “Under the leadership of President Pablo Longoria, OM’s commitment to community is clear and continually reinforced by Frank McCourt and the MG team,” says Pedro Iriondo. “We think about social impact in everything we do at the club and are proud to see how our broad range of activities, and the OM Foundation’s dedicated efforts, are sustainably transforming Marseille and create opportunity for its residents.
Opening the field of possibilities
The OM Foundation partners with local organizations to address some of the city’s most pressing needs. In response to Marseille’s lack of adequate sports infrastructure, the Capital of Foot project is rehabilitating football fields to be more sustainable and accessible to all, while federating local and national structures to amplify the initiative. From supporting youth education and job training opportunities to providing shelter to those in need in times of crisis, OM goes beyond the field to elevate the community.
A champion of community
OM’s numerous social impact initiatives have been recognized by the French government, UEFA, and most importantly, its own citizens and fans. The team received the 2022-2023 UEFA Grassroots Award for creating and developing the FC La Castellane community team. More than a football club, it is a “motivation accelerator,” opening new perspectives for young people while positively impacting their sports skills and capacity as citizens of tomorrow. “We are a community builder,” shares Iriondo. “True to the McCourt Global way.”
“Empowering communities to build a healthier world.”
Jen Rivera, SVP of External Affairs, McCourt Partners
McCourt Partners’ (MP) real estate philosophy centers around building complete communities, an approach that reflects the McCourt family’s 130-year commitment to creating infrastructure that drives positive social impact. Jen Rivera explains, “We believe that neighborhoods are more than buildings and put our communities at the heart of every development. For neighborhoods to thrive, opportunities for connection and spaces that deliver collective benefits are critical.”
Elevating communities through shared value
“We see every development project as an opportunity to sync into the local ecosystem, working together with our neighbors to proudly support programs across education, business entrepreneurship, the arts and more,” adds Jen. Leveraging McCourt Global’s expertise as entrepreneurs, MP helped launched Chinatown’s Small Business Program to uplift the network of neighborhood businesses near their office via technology upgrades, marketing support, and safety net implementation. MP also partners with public safety organizations, including the LAFD Foundation, and passionately supports the arts, cultivating rich connections across the public and private sectors to support complete communities.
Solutions for a healthier future
Reflecting MP’s commitment to sustainable and inclusive development, the Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Project (LA ART) is a zero-emission urban gondola that aims to transform transit in Los Angeles by providing a safe, environmentally friendly connection from Union Station to Dodgers Stadium in just seven minutes. Accessible and affordable, the gondola strives to take 3,000 cars off the road on game days, a big win for climate and community. The project is being donated to Zero Emissions Transit (ZET), a supporting non-profit of Climate Resolve, as announced in 2022.
Strong partnerships drive transformative impact
“We were incubated at McCourt Global.”
Martina Larkin, CEO of Project Liberty
What if technology could strengthen civic social bonds and civic engagement, instead of tearing us apart? Project Liberty is working to advance that vision. The international nonprofit, which started as a McCourt Global social impact initiative, is accelerating the world’s transition to an open, inclusive data economy that empowers people over platforms by working to mobilize the foundation of a better web for a better world. “We are at a precarious time of transformation for technology and the future of global democracies,” said Martina Larkin. “Frank’s vision for Project Liberty and commitment to strong partnerships offers inspiration, innovation and solutions.”
A new civic architecture for the digital world
McCourt Global’s dedication to innovation and civic engagement inspired and incubated the work of Project Liberty. As daily life increasingly moved online and the internet became dominated by a handful of massive corporations, Frank McCourt, like many, grew concerned by how a few big tech companies had warped economic systems and distorted democracy worldwide. Social media—our de facto public square—has been optimized for outrage and division, and the consequences are devastating. Harnessing decades of expertise in building infrastructure and communities across the globe, McCourt Global is dedicated to building a new civic architecture for the digital world that supports a healthier internet.
The future of the internet is in our hands.
Despite technology’s many benefits, its negative impacts could not be clearer. McCourt Global wants to be part of a solution. That’s why it launched Project Liberty, and why this nonprofit is now building the Global Alliance for Responsible Tech, composed of ethical tech companies, policy organizations, civil society, universities, and impact organizations, who — together — will help usher in a new tech future. “Everybody is affected by the internet,” Larkin stresses. “This collaborative effort will accelerate work to create more trusted and constructive digital communities and, as a result, strengthen society.”
“Art, culture, and ideas change lives.”
Alex Poots, Artistic Director at The Shed
The Shed is a cutting-edge cultural arts center and community hub in New York City that is working to forge connection, elevate new voices and ideas, and unleashes the power of art to educate, unite, and inspire. This unique and ambitious space was made possible by foundational supporters like Frank McCourt who had the vision and optimism needed to bring this bold idea to life. Informed by his decades of experience creating energetic civic spaces, and inspired by a lifelong appreciation for the arts, Frank McCourt donated $45 million to support the creation of The Shed and its dynamic, large-scale event and performance space, The McCourt.
Access to art is a right, not a privilege
“Access to new art and ideas is a right, not a privilege,” asserts Alex Poots. As a new cultural institution of and for the 21st century, The Shed was designed to break with the traditions that separate art forms and audiences. By minimizing economic and social barriers to entry, The Shed welcomes diverse audiences to engage in impactful, sustainable, and relevant work. “Our responsibility is to address the urgent issues of our time by provoking critical discussion and making space for collaboration,” says Poots. In 2021 and 2022, The Shed hosted the celebrated Unfinished Live convenings, which were designed and produced by McCourt Global’s Impact team, bringing together thousands of experts and engaged citizens to explore ways to build a healthier, more equitable digital future.
The widest civic responsibility
The Shed’s organizational structure is equally value-centered, as a nonprofit on city land where all other structures are privatized. It is helping to jumpstart New York’s burgeoning Hudson Yards neighborhood and connecting to the surrounding community through partnerships with local public schools, New York City Housing Authority community centers, and incubating The Fire Ensemble, an intergenerational choir community centering BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities. “I want The Shed to have the widest civic responsibility,” shares Poots.
“We aim to be the most inclusive public policy school in the world.”
Maria Cancian, Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
In the heart of America’s capital city, the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University provides tomorrow’s leaders with cutting-edge skills and ethical grounding to have a positive impact in the world. In 2013, proud Georgetown alum Frank McCourt helped launch the school with a $100 million endowment, inspired by his family’s 100-year relationship with the university and galvanized by the need to address the urgent challenges of our time with an innovative and inclusive approach to public policy.
Breaking down barriers to entry
The McCourt School aspires to become the world’s most inclusive – and, therefore, most relevant and impactful – public policy school. Sharing the school’s dedication to empower those who have been left out and left behind, McCourt made a second transformational investment of $100 million to the McCourt School in 2021, devoting half to scholarships aimed at catalyzing a more inclusive pipeline of public policy leaders. “Policy cannot work for all unless it is shaped by all,” urges Dean Cancian. “This investment is an enormous step forward. It challenges us to not be limited by where we are right now, but to really think about where we need to go and how we are going to get there.”
Striving for tuition-free
McCourt’s significant investments in inclusive higher education include inviting others to join in increasing access to a McCourt education so anyone, from any background, who has the ability and commitment to study public policy at the highest level can attend. This bold idea is an opportunity for a broad range of partners to help develop a diverse community of leaders who know how to work across differences and collectively build a future that is more equitable, more inclusive, and more just.
“Empowering communities to build a healthier world.”
Brian McCourt, President and Chairman of the Board, The McCourt Foundation
For more than three decades, The McCourt Foundation (TMF) has been supporting efforts to cure neurological diseases and empowering communities to build a healthier world. Galvanized by his parents’ health battles with Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s, as well as the extended McCourt family’s long history of social impact in Boston, Brian McCourt (Frank McCourt’s cousin) and his siblings launched TMF in 1992 to give back to communities touched by significant health challenges. “Organizations like ours are part of Boston’s DNA,” shares Brian McCourt. Now expanded to support health and wellness educational forums, cutting-edge research, and athletic events across the U.S., TMF’s giving capacity and overall impact is felt from coast to coast.
Maximizing the nonprofit model to amplify impact
In 2019, Frank approached Brian with an innovative idea: to donate Conqur, McCourt Global’s premium athletic and endurance events company, to TMF. After working together to transform the for-profit Los Angeles Marathon and Rose Bowl Half Marathon into non-profit entities, their collaborative efforts enabled these large civic events to focus on giving back. “This opened the door for us to do a lot more,” explains Brian. The donation of the marathon allowed TMF to boost its three impact pillars: hosting free neurological symposiums with the world’s finest minds, partnering with three prominent research institutions, and leveraging mass participation athletic events as platforms to drive broader health and wellness impact.
Championing partnerships to go further
The McCourt Foundation has broadened its reach with its nonprofit partner program (NPP), which has raised over $63 million and engaged nearly 100 partners to date. The foundation helps its partner network overcome some of the operational, visibility, and fundraising challenges nonprofit organizations commonly face by leveraging TMF’s human capital, tech support, expertise, and more. “We champion our partners on our platforms to empower organizations and leaders who share our goals to raise money and awareness,” says Brian. “When it comes to building a healthier world, TMF is showing the power of collaboration.”
A Legacy of Impact
Our legacy of impact dates back to when Frank McCourt’s grandfather, Francis McCourt, a part-owner of the Boston Braves, helped establish the Jimmy Fund to advance research and treatment for children’s cancer.
Members of the McCourt family also founded The McCourt Foundation (TMF), an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of patients and families affected by health-challenges within the neurology community and beyond. MG is proud to be a key contributor to TMF by donating athletic events like the Los Angeles Marathon and Rose Bowl Half Marathon, which supports TMF’s mission to empower communities and build a healthier world.
Following his purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Frank worked in partnership with the Dodgers Dream Foundation in committing to build fifty “Dodger Dreamfields” to provide children throughout Greater Los Angeles with access to baseball fields.
During MG’s stewardship of the Dodgers, the Dodgers made a $1 million-plus commitment to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, donating $105,000 each year for 10 years to fund 42 college scholarships per year to academically gifted minority students with financial needs.
Drawing inspiration from the Jimmy Fund, during the 50th Anniversary year of the Dodgers arriving in Los Angeles, MG launched ThinkCure as the official charity of the L.A. Dodgers organization during a preseason matchup between the Dodgers and the Red Sox. The game raised $2 million for ThinkCure and still holds the record for the most attended baseball game in history according to the Guiness Book of World Records with 115,300 spectators. Funds raised by ThinkCure have supported City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, helping both institutions develop new approaches to treat cancer.
MG is proud to provide significant support to educational and cultural institutions that shape the future. In 2013, $100 million was donated to Georgetown University to establish the McCourt School of Public Policy.
MG launched Unfinished in 2020 to bring together leaders and experts from across technology, academia, social impact, and the arts to imagine and create a thriving democracy and just economy. Unfinished incubated a vibrant, international network of nearly one hundred partner organizations and, in 2021 and 2022, hosted the celebrated Unfinished Live convening in New York City.
A second $100 million investment was made in 2021 to Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy – half of which is devoted to scholarships aimed at catalyzing a more inclusive pipeline of public policy leaders.
MG’s dedication to innovation and civic life inspired and incubated the work of Project Liberty — a nonprofit initiative to transform how the internet works, empower people over platforms, support the development of healthier social media, and ensure that digital governance is prioritized in the next-generation of the web.
MG was selected for inclusion in the “50 Leaders of Change” documentary series by Reuters.com. The series spotlighted “companies leading the way towards a new tomorrow” and highlighted MG’s efforts in launching Project Liberty.
Through McCourt Partners, we are contributing to sustainability and inclusive real estate development and, in 2022, the company announced the donation of the Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit Project (LA ART), a zero-emission urban gondola that aims to transform transit in Los Angeles by providing a safe, environmentally friendly connection from Union Station to Dodgers Stadium in just seven minutes, to Zero-Emission Transportation (ZET), to a local subsidiary nonprofit of Climate Resolve.
In Marseille, Olympique de Marseille (OM) was named the Best Professional Club in the 2022-2023 UEFA Grassroots Awards for creating and growing FC LA Castellane, a grassroots community club in the local region; and the OM Foundation announced the launch of the “Capital of Foot” project, which is rehabilitating football fields across Marseille to ensure that sustainable sports facilities are accessible to all.
And across the McCourt enterprise, we are committed to extending the McCourt family’s legacy of contribution by positively impacting the communities we serve and advancing the common good. Amplica Labs is creating pioneering software with an ethics-first approach and working to build a new, more equitable internet ecosystem utilizing the breakthrough DSNP protocol and Frequency parachain.