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 2012

Bank Street College of Education
$200,000 (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

Breakthrough New York, Inc.
To provide general operating support for Breakthrough New York

Bronxworks, Inc.
As a final grant to 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 Initiative

Cornelia Connelly Center for Education
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the Holy Child Middle School for low-income girls

Cristo Rey New York High School
To provide general support

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

The Fresh Air Fund, Inc.
As a one-time capacity-building grant for the College Connections program for students from underserved communities

Goddard Riverside Community Center
Over two years, divided as follows: $125,000 each year for college access services and training; and an additional $50,000 in the first year to update the data systems Options uses for course registration and performance management

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

Harlem RBI, Inc. dba DREAM
$200,000 (over two years)
To help support program and organizational development activities related to program codification, evaluation, and human capital management

To match the second year of a Social Innovation Fund grant and support expansion of the College Success program in NYC and a six-year independent evaluation of iMentor's impact on college readiness

Jewish Home Lifecare Manhattan (formerly The Jewish Home and Hospital for Aged)
To help support the Geriatric Career Development program for at-risk high-school youth

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

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

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

The Urban Dove, Inc.
To renew support for 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 2012

The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.
$300,000 (over two years)
Divided as follows: $100,000 a year to help support BELL Summer in New York City; and $50,000 a year to help support program improvements and capacity building in New York City and provide matching funds for a federal Social Innovation Fund grant for FY13 and FY14

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

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$150,000 (over two years)
To help accelerate the development of literacy and math skills for at-risk preschoolers in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Public Library
To help support First Five Years programming, including Weekend Stories; Ready, Play, Grow; and Ready, Set, Kindergarten, a new summertime initiative

East Harlem Tutorial Program, Inc.
To help support after school and summer programming for approximately 450 underserved students

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

The Fund for Public Schools, Inc.
$500,000 (over two years)
To help support years two and three of NYC Summer Quest, a three-year multifaceted approach to improving, expanding, and sustaining summer learning opportunities for NYC public school students

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
$112,500 (over 18 months)
To help provide intensive professional development for inner-city Catholic middle- and high-school teachers to improve the teaching of American history

Good Shepherd Services
To help support the Groundwork afterschool and summer enrichment program and its full integration into Good Shepherd Service's network of afterschool programs

The Grace Opportunity Project
To provide general operating support for the expansion of the GO Project's year-round educational programming for students in grades K-8

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
To help support the Job Opportunities Program (JOP), which provides job-readiness workshops, college-preparation mentorships, and summer internships for highly motivated low-income high school juniors and seniors from inner-city Catholic high schools

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
$60,000 (over two years)
To help sustain the Library Connections program by supporting cross-curricular projects in alumni schools and convening meetings for school alumni to share best practices and ideas

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
To help strengthen the Explorers Academies and to continue to implement at one clubhouse small-group instruction in literacy and math

New York Interschool Association, Inc.
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.)
To help support The Parent-Child Home Program's expansion in New York City and develop and pilot a technology curriculum

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

Read Alliance, Inc.
To provide general support for Read's early literacy work in New York City

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

Teachers College, Columbia University
$160,000 (over two years)
To help increase the number of New York City independent school teachers of color and Catholic school educators in the Klingenstein Center's intensive Two-Summers Master's program, and provide online coaching for program alumni