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 2008

Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Inc.
$40,000
To help support the Health Science Academy for minority youth and young adults

The Boys' Club of New York
$60,000
To help support the Independent School Placement Program

Bronxworks, Inc.
$40,000
To help support the Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFE) college access program (Formerly Citizens Advice Bureau, Inc.)

The Children's Storefront (aka Storefront Academy Harlem)
$50,000
To help support the High School Placement and Alumni Relations Department

Cornelia Connelly Center for Education
$45,000
To help support the Holy Child Middle School for low-income girls

The Crenulated Company
$50,000
To help support the New Settlement Apartments College Access Center

Cristo Rey New York High School
$100,000
For general support and to help support the creation and implementation of an extended math program for freshmen

Early Steps, Inc.
$35,000
To help increase the number of minority students in independent schools at the primary grade level

The East Harlem School at Exodus House
$300,000 (over three years)
To provide general operating support and to help build a general endowment

The Futures in Education Endowment Fund for Brooklyn and Queens
$1,000,000
To help build a 100 million endowment to provide tuition assistance to the most financially challenged elementary and high school students and improve Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens

George Jackson Academy
$100,000
To help support this model school for low-income minority boys

Goddard Riverside Community Center
$100,000
To help support the OPTIONS Center for Educational and Career Choice, including the College Access Professional Development Institute

Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc.
$40,000
To help support HEAF's High Expectations Middle School Program

Harlem RBI, Inc. dba DREAM
$200,000 (over two years)
To help support the Team Enrichment Program and for the implementation of the 2007 Strategic Plan

Legal Outreach, Inc.
$125,000
To help support the College Bound program in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens and its expansion into the Bronx

Loyola School
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support the Father Prior Endowed Scholarship Fund

Mount Sinai School of Medicine (aka Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
$75,000
To help support the Early MED-Bound program

The New York Opportunity Network, Inc. dba The Opportunity Network
$30,000
To help provide low-income public-high school students access to career development training, professional networks, and competitive colleges

The Posse Foundation, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the Posse New York Science Posse Program

SCAN-New York Volunteer Parent-Aides Association, Inc.
$40,000
To help support the Reach for the Stars program and college tours

St. Aloysius Education Clinic (aka Education Clinic, Inc.)
$25,000
To help support the Academic Achievement and Cultural Enrichment Program (AACE)

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
$40,000
To provide support for the Summer Readiness Program and for collecting and using data to improve SSP student outcomes and sponsor participation

The Town School, Inc.
$50,000
To help expand Breakthrough New York's high school program and provide additional support for site expansion

The Urban Dove, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the College All-Stars 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 2008

The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To help expand the BELL Summer Learning Initiative in New York City

Brooklyn Friends School
$35,000
To help launch the Horizons at BFS summer academic enrichment program at Brooklyn Friends School

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$45,000
To help support the Partnership for Literacy Success

Child Care, Inc. dba Center for Children's Initiatives
$50,000
To help support training and consultation to improve the quality of providers serving infants and toddlers

Citizen Schools, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To help launch and operate a network of after school programs in New York City

Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
$30,000
To help support the After School Education and Young Urban Pioneer programs for underserved youth

Classroom, Inc.
$95,500
To help expand Classroom, Inc.'s after school and summer programming in inner-city Archdiocese of New York schools

East Harlem Tutorial Program, Inc.
$60,000
To provide general operating support to this youth development program

Education Through Music, Inc.
$40,000
To help support music and art education programs in inner-city Catholic schools

Groundwork, Inc.
$100,000
To help support Groundwork for Youth and help create the new position of Director of Staff and Program Development

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
$35,000
To help support JOP (the Job Opportunities Program)

Literacy, Inc.
$50,000
To help enhance reading opportunities for children and families in low-income communities in Manhattan and the Bronx and continue implementing an outcome management process

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$200,000
To refine and improve the Explorers and Juniors Academies

New York Interschool Association, Inc.
$55,000
To help support the Faculty Diversity Search program to recruit and retain minority teachers in independent schools, and to provide a onetime grant for capacity building

Public/Private Ventures
$45,000
To help support the implementation of Youth Education for Tomorrow, a community-based literacy initiative, in New York City

Reach Out And Read of Greater New York, Inc.
$120,000 (over two years)
To build capacity and begin implementing a five-year strategic plan

Read Alliance, Inc. (formerly Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc. dba Read Alliance)
$100,000
To help strengthen core services and support capacity building efforts for READ's year-round parochial school program and for summer programming open to all students

Saint Ignatius School/New York Nativity
$100,000
To provide capacity building support to build teaching skills in literacy, math, and science and increase student achievement

Teachers College, Columbia University
$200,000 (over two years)
To help increase the number of leaders of color from New York City in The Klingenstein Center's summer intensive master's degree program (Leadership Academy)

United Way of New York City
$100,000
To help support the Child Care and Early Education Fund, a collaborative fund dedicated to improving early care and education in New York City

University Settlement Society of New York
$40,000
To help support the STRIDE Middle School Program at the Houston Street Center