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.]

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

2012 Grants

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
$50,000
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.
$35,000
To provide general operating support for Breakthrough New York

Bronxworks, Inc.
$25,000
As a final grant to support the Center for Achieving Future Education college access program

The Children's Storefront (aka Storefront Academy Harlem)
$50,000
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
$100,000
To provide general support

Early Steps, Inc.
$35,000
To help increase the number of minority students in independent schools at the primary grade level

The Fresh Air Fund, Inc.
$35,000
As a one-time capacity-building grant for the College Connections program for students from underserved communities

Goddard Riverside Community Center
$300,000
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.
$40,000
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

iMentor
$75,000
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)
$60,000
To help support the Geriatric Career Development program for at-risk high-school youth

The New York Opportunity Network, Inc. dba The Opportunity Network
$50,000
To help provide low-income public high school students access to career development training, professional networks, and competitive colleges

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital
$50,000
To help support the Lang Youth Medical Program

Student/Sponsor Partnership, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the School Coordinator Stipend Initiative

Summer on the Hill
$35,000
To help provide academic enrichment and counseling for promising underserved students from Manhattan and the Bronx

The Urban Dove, Inc.
$50,000
To renew support for the College All-Stars program

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