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

2017 Grants

All Our Kin
$50,000 (over fifteen months)
To bring All Our Kin's proven model for raising the quality, availability, and sustainability of family child care to New York City

The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.
$100,000
To support BELL’s technical assistance partnership with the Office of Community Schools at the New York City Department of Education for the 2017 Summer in the City program, which seeks to serve approximately 400 scholars at 10 Community Schools in New York City

Brooklyn Public Library
$96,000 (over fifteen months)
To launch Team Up to Read, a six-week family workshop series at 20 libraries and provide enhanced early literacy reference materials for parents in order to strengthen reading skills among children ages 5-9

Citizen Schools, Inc.
$75,000
To help support the Citizen Schools Expanded Learning Time program in New York City

Classroom, Inc.
$65,000
To help support Classroom Inc.'s work in inner-city Catholic schools

The Eagle Academy Foundation, Inc.
$75,000
To support Eagle Academies' extended learning and college readiness programming

Early Steps, Inc.
$70,000 (over two years)
To provide a final grant in support of outreach to families of color about the benefits of an independent school education; counseling for applicant families through the admissions process; and workshops for applicant families and school administrators

Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education (dba Summer Advantage USA)
$75,000
To provide support for a free, high-quality summer learning experience for children who attend New York City public schools in Brooklyn and Queens, including Zone 126

ExpandEDSchools (formerly The After-School Corporation)
$60,000 (over eleven months)
To design and implement an intervention in the after-school hours that builds literacy skills in upper elementary school students (grades 4-5) at three NYC schools serving low-income communities

The Fund for Public Schools, Inc.
$175,000
To support the expansion of NYC Pre-K Explore, a comprehensive, two-year professional learning track with specialized training for teachers and site leaders to implement a research-based curriculum in Pre-K for All classrooms across the city

Good Shepherd Services
$100,000
To help support Good Shepherd Services’ cohort of seven afterschool programs in East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Grace Opportunity Project
$75,000
To provide general operating support for the GO Project's year-round educational programming for academically struggling public school students K-8

Graduate NYC!
$100,000 (over three years)
To support the College Completion Innovation Fund (CCIF) of Graduate NYC!

Harlem Academy
$130,000 (over two years)
To provide general support for this academically rigorous independent school

Jewish Home Lifecare Manhattan (formerly The Jewish Home and Hospital for Aged)
$60,000
To support the Geriatric Career Development program and its work to enhance the overall academic, college, and workforce preparation of under-served NYC youth

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$75,000
To help support the Explorers Academy afterschool program and efforts to refine and evaluate instructional approaches to preventing summer learning loss

The New York Community Trust
$100,000
To support Early Childhood Partners NYC, a collaborative funding network dedicated to ensuring that all NYC children enter kindergarten prepared for lifelong success

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
$100,000
To help support the Early Childhood Leadership Initiative and provide career support and professional development to early childhood program leaders and directors in New York City

Power of Two
$75,000
To provide general operating support for Power of Two to serve infants and their primary caregivers through a short-term, evidence-based home visiting program, Attachment and Bio-behavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

Read Alliance, Inc. (formerly Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc. dba Read Alliance)
$100,000
To provide general support for READ's early literacy work in New York City

ScriptEd
$50,000
To support ScriptEd’s New York City-based pipeline of programming

Summer on the Hill
$50,000
To provide high quality education and guidance on school choices to high-achieving, low-income public school students in grades 3 - 12 from the Bronx and Upper Manhattan

Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation
$50,000 (over eighteen months)
To strengthen program evaluation practices and develop an evaluation tool that can more accurately document service quality and improvements in home-based childcare settings