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 2010

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

Barnard College
$50,000
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
$60,000
To help support the Independent School Placement Program

Bronxworks, Inc.
$40,000
To help support the Center for Achieving Future Education college access program

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

College Summit, Inc.
$100,000
To help support the expansion of its college access programs in New York City

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

Cristo Rey New York High School
$100,000
To provide general support

De La Salle Academy
$150,000 (over three years)
To provide a capacity building grant to restructure De La Salle's administrative team and implement an effective succession plan.

Dominican Academy of the City of New York
$22,850
To help explore the feasibility of providing a program to prepare high-potential middle school girls to gain acceptance into selective Catholic high schools with the scholarships needed to attend them

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

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

Goddard Riverside Community Center
$300,000
$300,000 over two years, divided as follows: $125,000 each year to help support the Options Center, and $25,000 each year for capacity building to implement the Options Strategic Plan.

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 capacity building activities and the Team Enrichment Program

Legal Outreach, Inc.
$100,000
To help support the College Bound program

New Heights Youth, Inc.
$35,000
For general support for this youth development and college access program for student-athletes from underserved communities

The New York Opportunity Network, Inc. dba The Opportunity Network
$35,000
To help provide low-income public high school students access to career development training, professional networks, and competitive colleges

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital
$50,000
To help support the Lang Youth Medical Program

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

Prep for Prep
$75,000
To help support Prep's conversion to and implementation of an updated organization-wide database

Regis High School
$50,000
To help support development and early implementation of REACH's comprehensive recruiting and admissions program

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, Inc.
$300,000 (over three years)
To help support the SEO Scholars Program

St. Aloysius Education Clinic (aka Education Clinic, Inc.)
$30,000
To help support the Academic Achievement and Cultural Enrichment Program (AACE)

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the School Coordinator Stipend Initiative

Summer on the Hill
$35,000
To help provide academic enrichment and counseling for promising underserved students from Manhattan and the Bronx

The TEAK Fellowship, Inc.
$35,000
To help support the TEAK Fellowship program for academically talented students from low-income communities

The Town School, Inc.
$35,000
To help support Breakthrough New York

Trey Whitfield School
$30,000
For general support for this independent school serving children from low-income families in Brooklyn's East New York community

The Urban Dove, Inc.
$50,000
To renew 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 2010

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

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

Brooklyn Public Library
$100,000
To continue the expansion of First Five Years programming by offering Saturday early literacy workshops at fourteen branches and launching the Brooklyn Builds Readers program

Citizen Schools, Inc.
$100,000
To help support a network of afterschool programs in New York City

Classroom, Inc.
$75,000
To help support Classroom, Inc.'s school day, afterschool, and summer programming in inner-city Archdiocese of New York schools

East Harlem Tutorial Program, Inc.
$60,000
To support after school and summer programming for approximately 300 underserved students

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
$200,000 (over two years)
To help provide intensive professional development for inner-city Catholic middle- and high-school teachers to improve the teaching of American history

Groundwork, Inc.
$100,000
To help support Groundwork for Youth

The Hispanic Federation, Inc.
$40,000
To help support the Parent Pathways to Child Achievement/Caminos al Exito Academico project

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
$35,000
To help support JOP (the Job Opportunities Program) of job-readiness workshops, summer internship placements, and college-preparation mentorships for highly motivated junior and seniors from inner-city Catholic high schools

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$170,000
To help strengthen the Explorers Academies and to pilot test at one clubhouse small-group instruction in literacy and math in partnership with B.E.L.L.

New York Interschool Association, Inc.
$45,000
To help support the Faculty Diversity Search program to recruit and retain minority teachers in independent schools

ParentChild+ Inc. (FKA The Parent-Child Home Program, Inc.)
$50,000
To help support The Parent-Child Home Program's expansion in New York City

The Partnership for Inner-City Education
$45,000
To help sustain the Library Connections program by supporting cross-curricular projects in alumni schools and convening biannual meetings for alumni teachers to share best practices and ideas (through the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc./Patrons Program)

PS 214, The Michael Friedsam School
$5,000
One-time only special contribution to the PS 214 School Fund in honor of Michael Friedsam's 150th birthday

Reach Out And Read of Greater New York, Inc.
$50,000
To help provide New York City children and families with pediatric literacy counseling and support

Read Alliance, Inc. (formerly Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc. dba Read Alliance)
$100,000
To support READ's year-round Catholic-school program and summer programming open to all students

St. Aloysius School
$50,000
To help support a new position, Principal of Middle Schools, as St. Aloysius transitions to being an independent school in the Jesuit tradition

Teachers College, Columbia University
$180,000 (over two years)
To continue to increase the number of New York City independent and Catholic school teachers of color in the Klingenstein Center's Leadership Academy intensive master's degree program

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