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.

[Please also note that grants made prior to July 1, 2017 are classified under our previous Education Program guidelines.]

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

2008 Grants

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

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

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
To help support the Partnership for Literacy Success

Child Care, Inc. dba Center for Children's Initiatives
To help support training and consultation to improve the quality of providers serving infants and toddlers

Citizen Schools, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To help launch and operate a network of after school programs in New York City

Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
To help support the After School Education and Young Urban Pioneer programs for underserved youth

Classroom, Inc.
To help expand Classroom, Inc.'s after school and summer programming in inner-city Archdiocese of New York schools

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

Education Through Music, Inc.
To help support music and art education programs in inner-city Catholic schools

Groundwork, Inc.
To help support Groundwork for Youth and help create the new position of Director of Staff and Program Development

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

Literacy, Inc.
To help enhance reading opportunities for children and families in low-income communities in Manhattan and the Bronx and continue implementing an outcome management process

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
To refine and improve 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, and to provide a onetime grant for capacity building

Public/Private Ventures
To help support the implementation of Youth Education for Tomorrow, a community-based literacy initiative, in New York City

Reach Out And Read of Greater New York, Inc.
$120,000 (over two years)
To build capacity and begin implementing a five-year strategic plan

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

Saint Ignatius School/New York Nativity
To provide capacity building support to build teaching skills in literacy, math, and science and increase student achievement

Teachers College, Columbia University
$200,000 (over two years)
To help increase the number of leaders of color from New York City in The Klingenstein Center's summer intensive master's degree program (Leadership Academy)

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

University Settlement Society of New York
To help support the STRIDE Middle School Program at the Houston Street Center