Given that high-quality education is a key driver of social and economic mobility and essential to equitable opportunity for all, the Foundation invests in organizations, programs, and projects that achieve results aligned with the two objectives outlined below. We give priority to initiatives in our areas of interest that expand or enhance multiple programs or schools across a system or network. As a general rule, we do not provide support for individual early childhood programs, or individual district schools, charter schools, public universities, or private colleges/universities. Please note that the "Results Sought" reflect the specific outcomes of interest to us.

Provide disadvantaged children and youth with more high-quality learning time through early childhood education and afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs.

Results Sought:

  1. Significantly improve the social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children
  2. Measurably improve the academic performance of disadvantaged students
  3. Significantly improve students’ ability to learn, work, and thrive in a digital society
  4. Demonstrably improve the effectiveness of leadership, faculty, and staff
Grants 2021

All Our Kin
$50,000
To deepen work with family child care educators in the Bronx, offering a full suite of programming and ensuring its ongoing responsiveness, and to expand its reach in the borough

The City University of New York Office of Academic Affairs
$160,000 (over six months)
To support the training and supervision of CUNY Reading Rescue tutors to work with public elementary school students during the summer of 2021

The Fund for Public Schools, Inc.
$250,000 (over six months)
To provide robust technical assistance and ongoing support to school-community-based organization teams as they plan and implement their Summer Rising programs

Harlem RBI, Inc. dba DREAM
$200,000 (over two years)
To support the continued integration and expansion of DREAM's whole-child model of in-school and out-of-school academic and social-emotional supports for youth in East Harlem and the South Bronx

The New York Community Trust (Early Childhood Partners NYC)
$200,000 (over two years)
To provide support for Early Childhood Partners NYC, a collaborative fund comprised of foundations and other donors with the shared goal of ensuring that children enter kindergarten prepared for school and life-long success

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
$125,000
To help support the Early Childhood Leadership Initiative in New York City to provide career and professional development to early childhood leaders

Read Alliance, Inc. (formerly Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc. dba Read Alliance)
$100,000
For READ's FY 21 School Year and Summer Reading Programs

Springboard Collaborative
$75,000
To provide summer and after-school literacy programming for PreK-3rd grade students in New York City

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To support the College and Career program

Increase access to and success in high-quality post-secondary educational opportunities.

Results Sought:

  1. Significantly improve the social-emotional capacities of youth essential to college and career success
  2. Increase the number of underserved students enrolled in and completing college
  3. Increase the number of underserved students enrolled in and completing other high-quality post-secondary training and credentialing programs
Grants 2021

Graduate NYC!
$75,000
To help support Network for College Success (N4CS)

OneGoal
$75,000
To support underserved high school students and first-year college students throughout New York City to enroll in and persist through postsecondary pathways

Summer Search Foundation
$50,000
To provide professional, year-round mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, post-secondary advising and post-secondary persistence support to NYC students from low-income backgrounds

Urban Assembly Inc.
$75,000
To increase college matriculation and college persistence among UA high school graduates