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

2018 Grants

Barnard College
To strengthen and extend programs serving disadvantaged students and help support the academic success and persistence of these students at particularly vulnerable stages in the academic pipeline

The Boys' Club of New York
To fund professional development that supports the creation of a college-going culture within the Boys’ Club of New York

Cornelia Connelly Center for Education
To provide general operating support for the Cornelia Connelly Center middle school and graduate support services

Cristo Rey New York High School
$140,000 (over two years)
To provide general support

East Side House Settlement, Inc.
To help support the Post-Secondary Pathways (PSP) program as it expands to serve more students and facilitate the transition of participants from training and certification into the workforce

Fund for the City of New York, Inc.
To help support Student Success Network, a Partner Project of the Fund for the City of New York

Goddard Riverside Community Center
$300,000 (over two years)
To be divided as follows:  $125,000 each year to support direct counseling services and professional development for counselors; and an additional one-time contribution of $50,000 in the first year to support the development of a data framework and pilot a Data Coop of nonprofits working in the college access and success field

Graduate NYC!
$125,000 (over three years)
To support the College Completion Innovation Fund's 2019 Grantmaking Cycle

$200,000 (over two years)
To continue to strengthen the iMentor program in New York City 

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
To help support the Job Opportunities Program and begin to prepare students for post-secondary success

National College Advising Corps Inc.
To help support the CAC's expansion in New York City

To support OneGoal's expansion in New York City schools

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
To help support the College and Career Program

Union Settlement Association, Inc.
To help support Union Settlement's College Readiness Program

Urban Assembly Inc.
$75,000 (over fifteen months)
To address the "Summer Melt" phenomenon between high school graduation and college matriculation and support Urban Assembly alumni through the first three years of their post-secondary paths

Young Invincibles
To support #DegreesNYC and amplify the voices of young adults in New York City’s postsecondary systems