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 2009

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

Bank Street College of Education
$210,000 (over two years)
To help support the Liberty LEADS college preparation and leadership development program for inner-city youth

Barnard College
To help support the academic success and persistence of students from underserved communities at particularly vulnerable stages in the academic pipeline and in fields in which they are traditionally underrepresented

The Boys' Club of New York
To help support the Independent School Placement Program

Bronxworks, Inc.
To help support the Center for Achieving Future Education college access program

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

College Summit, Inc.
To help support the expansion of its college access programs in New York City

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

Cristo Rey New York High School
For general support

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

George Jackson Academy
To help support this model school for low-income minority boys

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

Harlem Academy
$100,000 (over two years)
For general support for the academically rigorous independent elementary school

Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc.
To help support HEAF’s High Expectations Middle School Program

Legal Outreach, Inc.
To help support the College Bound program

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

New Heights Youth, Inc.
To help support the College Bound Program

New York City Outward Bound Center, Inc.
To help support technical assistance for the board and staff to develop a sustainability plan that will allow the organization to realize its strategic vision

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

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital
To help support the Lang Youth Medical Program

The Partnership for Inner-City Education
To provide support for Pathways to Excellence, a strategic plan being developed by the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York

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

Prep for Prep
To help support Prep’s conversion to and implementation of an updated organization-wide database

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

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
To help support the School Coordinator Stipend Initiative, including a mentor survey

Summer on the Hill
To help support academic enrichment and counseling for promising underserved students from Manhattan and the Bronx

The Town School, Inc.
To help support Breakthrough New

The Urban Dove, Inc.
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 2009

Brooklyn Friends School
To help support the Horizons summer academic enrichment program at Brooklyn Friends School

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$100,000 (over two years)
To support BKS in accelerating the development of children’s language and cognitive skills and supporting parents with literacy activities they can do at home

Brooklyn Public Library
To help support the First Five Years Initiative and provide capacity building support in outcome measurement

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

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
To help provide intensive professional development for inner-city Catholic middle- and high school teachers to improve the teaching of American History

Groundwork, Inc.
To help support Groundwork for Youth

The Hispanic Federation, Inc.
To help support year two of the Parent Pathways to Child Achievement/Caminos al Exito Academico project

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
To help support the JOP (Job Opportunities Program) of job-readiness workshops, life-skills seminars, summer internship placements, and college-preparation mentorships for highly motivated high school students from low-income communities

Literacy, Inc.
To help enhance reading opportunities for children and families in low-income communities

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
To help strengthen the Explorers and Juniors Academies

New York Interschool Association, Inc.
To help support the Faculty Diversity Search program to recruit and retain minority teachers in independent schools

The Partnership for Inner-City Education
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the Principal Academy, an initiative to identify and train new leaders for the Inner-City Catholic elementary schools in New York City

Read Alliance, Inc. (formerly Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc. dba Read Alliance)
To help support READ’s year-round parochial school program and for summer programming open to all students

Read to Lead Inc. (FKA Classroom, Inc.)
To help support Classroom, Inc.’s school day, after school, and summer programming in inner- city Archdiocese of New York schools

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