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 2021

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$150,000 (over twenty-three months)
To provide high-quality early education and learning for some of Central Brooklyn's youngest learners and promote community and parent involvement

All Our Kin
To deepen work with family child care educators in the Bronx, offering a full suite of programming and ensuring its ongoing responsiveness, and to expand its reach in the borough

America On Tech, Inc. (FKA New York On Tech)
$100,000 (over two years)
To support its core NYC-based program model to prepare the next generation of BIPOC technology leaders

The City University of New York Office of Academic Affairs
$160,000 (over six months)
To support the training and supervision of CUNY Reading Rescue tutors to work with public elementary school students during the summer of 2021

$150,000 (over two years)
To grow afterschool K-5 elementary literacy programming through the Ready Readers and Rising Readers models

The Fund for Public Schools, Inc.
$250,000 (over six months)
To provide robust technical assistance and ongoing support to school-community-based organization teams as they plan and implement their Summer Rising programs

The Grace Opportunity Project
To provide general operating support for its year-round, holistic student and family support programming to help academically struggling young people succeed

Harlem RBI, Inc. dba DREAM
$200,000 (over two years)
To support the continued integration and expansion of DREAM's whole-child model of in-school and out-of-school academic and social-emotional supports for youth in East Harlem and the South Bronx

Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, Inc.
To fully establish the Horizons of New York City region and expand the program to new sites

Mouse Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support in-school and after-school programming in New York City, including STEM Design League and Mouse Create

The New York Community Trust (Early Childhood Partners NYC)
$200,000 (over two years)
To provide support for Early Childhood Partners NYC, a collaborative fund comprised of foundations and other donors with the shared goal of ensuring that children enter kindergarten prepared for school and life-long success

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
To help support the Early Childhood Leadership Initiative in New York City to provide career and professional development to early childhood leaders

Power of Two, a project of Fund for the City of New York, Inc.
To provide general operating support for its parent coaching work in Central Brooklyn and the South Bronx

Read Alliance, Inc.
For READ's FY 21 School Year and Summer Reading Programs

Read to Lead Inc. (FKA Classroom, Inc.)
To support Read to Lead in NYC and help educators address the COVID-19 literacy learning slide among low-income middle school students

ScriptEd (dba Code Nation)
To support New York City coding and workforce readiness programming

Springboard Collaborative
To provide summer and after-school literacy programming for PreK-3rd grade students in New York City

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To support the College and Career 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 2021

Bottom Line
$250,000 (over two years)
To support its College Access & Success programs in New York

College Access: Research & Action (CARA)
To support the growth of the Peer Leadership for College Access & Success program

De La Salle Academy
$45,000 (over fifteen months)
To support its strategic plan

The Eagle Academy Foundation, Inc.
To support the Post-Secondary Success Initiative and build EAF's capacity and infrastructure in support of its students

Graduate NYC!
$125,000 (over three years)
To support the 2022 Award Cycle of the College Completion Innovation Fund

Graduate NYC!
To help support Network for College Success (N4CS)

HYPOTHEkids Inc.
To provide underserved students with hands-on science and engineering educational and mentorship experiences

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
To support its ongoing College Access and Persistence Initiative, in partnership with four inner-city Catholic high schools

The New York Opportunity Network, Inc. dba The Opportunity Network
$200,000 (over two years)
To help support the founding, direct-service OppNet Fellows program, and the community- and capacity-building Career Fluency® Partnerships program

To support underserved high school students and first-year college students throughout New York City to enroll in and persist through postsecondary pathways

Summer Search
To provide professional, year-round mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, post-secondary advising and post-secondary persistence support to NYC students from low-income backgrounds

uAspire (previously known as ACCESS)
To support virtual college affordability advising for postsecondary students in New York in partnership with the CollegeBound Initiative and Double Discovery Center

The Urban Assembly, Inc.
To increase college matriculation and college persistence among UA high school graduates

Young Invincibles
To help elevate youth voice to address the systemic inequities that exist in higher education