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

2016 Grants

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