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 2016

Barnard College
$65,000
To help support the academic success and persistence of students from underserved communities at particularly vulnerable stages in the academic pipeline and build the capacity of staff, faculty advisors, and mentors working with first-generation, low-income students

Breakthrough New York, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the College Bound Program

Cristo Rey New York High School
$160,000 (over two years)
To provide general support

Early Steps, Inc.
$35,000
To support outreach and a program of services aimed at helping families of color gain access to an independent school education for their children entering Kindergarten or First Grade, and to support successful fundraising and constituency development in this 30th Anniversary year

The East Harlem School at Exodus House
$125,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support

Education Clinic, Inc. (aka St. Aloysius Education Clinic)
$30,000
To provide general operating support for the Clinic's year-round academic enrichment programs for underserved children and youth

George Jackson Academy
$80,000
To provide general operating support for this model elementary and middle school program for low-income boys in New York City

Goddard Riverside Community Center
$300,000 (over two years)
To be divided as follows:  $125,00 each year help increase the number of NYC students entering college and attaining degrees through direct counseling and support services and professional development for counselors; and an additional one-time contribution of $50,000 in the first year to support the new position of Options Policy Associate

Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc.
$40,000
To provide general operating support for HEAF

iMentor
$200,000 (over two years)
To support iMentor's New York City program designed to create pathways for low-income youth to college enrollment, persistence, and completion

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

Jewish Home Lifecare Manhattan (formerly The Jewish Home and Hospital for Aged)
$60,000
To help support the Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program's academic, college, and workforce preparation for youth

Saint Ignatius School/New York Nativity
$25,000 (over fifteen months)
As a final grant to help support the salary of a full-time Advancement Associate

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, Inc.
$300,000 (over three years)
To continue support for SEO's "OpportunityX2" expansion initiative in New York

Storefront Academy Harlem (aka The Children's Storefront)
$50,000
To provide general operating support for the Storefront Academy Harlem school

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
$50,000
To help support services to students, mentors, and schools

Summer on the Hill
$40,000
To provide academic enrichment and counseling for promising underserved students from Manhattan and the Bronx

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 2016

The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.
$100,000
To help support a BELL Technical Assistance Summer Program partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of Community Schools (OCS) serving 390 scholars at five community schools in NYC

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$200,000 (over two years)
To be divided as follow: $75,000 each year to support BKS' early childhood centers, and an additional $50,000 in year one to support the expansion of BKS' work with family child care providers and programming for adults and families in Weeksville Gardens

Brooklyn Public Library
$100,000 (over fifteen months)
To expand its First Five Years initiative to include multilingual programs and resources and to equip children’s librarians with tools for improving access to information and services

Classroom, Inc.
$75,000 (over sixteen months)
To help support Classroom, Inc.'s programming in inner-city Catholic schools

Cornelia Connelly Center for Education
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for the Cornelia Connelly Center middle school and graduate support services

Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education (dba Summer Advantage USA)
$75,000
To provide support for a free, high-quality summer learning experience for children who attend New York City public schools in Brooklyn and Queens, including Zone 126

Good Shepherd Services
$100,000
To help support their network of afterschool and summer programs located in East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant

The Grace Opportunity Project
$75,000
To provide general operating support for the GO Project's year-round educational programming for 675 academically struggling public school students in grades K-8

Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center
$50,000
To provide a final year of capacity building support for the Youth Program during this transitional year of integration with Goddard Riverside Community Center

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$50,000
For assessments and capacity building to help plan for constituent building, community partnerships, and educational programs in advance of the development of a new Clubhouse in North Central Harlem

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$100,000
To help support the Explorers Academy afterschool program and efforts to refine and evaluate instructional approaches to preventing summer learning loss

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
$125,000
To help sustain the position of Deputy Executive Director

New York Interschool Association, Inc.
$45,000
To support the Faculty Diversity Search program, which identifies and recruits faculty and administrators of color and other underrepresented minorities to teach and work in the New York City independent schools

Power of Two, a project of Fund for the City of New York, Inc.
$75,000
To provide general operating support for Power of Two to serve at least 500 infants and their primary caregivers in Brownsville and East New York, Brooklyn through a short-term, evidence-based home visiting program, Attachment and Bio-behavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

Teachers College, Columbia University
$120,000 (over two years)
To help diversify and strengthen faculty and administrators of color in independent and nonpublic New York City schools through participation in the Klingenstein Center master’s degree programs and post-participation in an online coaching program