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

2010 Grants

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

Brooklyn Friends School
$35,000
To help support the Horizons summer academic enrichment program at Brooklyn Friends School

Brooklyn Public Library
$100,000
To continue the expansion of First Five Years programming by offering Saturday early literacy workshops at fourteen branches and launching the Brooklyn Builds Readers program

Citizen Schools, Inc.
$100,000
To help support a network of afterschool programs in New York City

Classroom, Inc.
$75,000
To help support Classroom, Inc.'s school day, afterschool, and summer programming in inner-city Archdiocese of New York schools

East Harlem Tutorial Program, Inc.
$60,000
To support after school and summer programming for approximately 300 underserved students

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
$200,000 (over two years)
To help provide intensive professional development for inner-city Catholic middle- and high-school teachers to improve the teaching of American history

Groundwork, Inc.
$100,000
To help support Groundwork for Youth

The Hispanic Federation, Inc.
$40,000
To help support the Parent Pathways to Child Achievement/Caminos al Exito Academico project

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
$35,000
To help support JOP (the Job Opportunities Program) of job-readiness workshops, summer internship placements, and college-preparation mentorships for highly motivated junior and seniors from inner-city Catholic high schools

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$170,000
To help strengthen the Explorers Academies and to pilot test at one clubhouse small-group instruction in literacy and math in partnership with B.E.L.L.

New York Interschool Association, Inc.
$45,000
To help support the Faculty Diversity Search program to recruit and retain minority teachers in independent schools

The Parent-Child Home Program, Inc.
$50,000
To help support The Parent-Child Home Program's expansion in New York City

The Partnership for Inner-City Education
$45,000
To help sustain the Library Connections program by supporting cross-curricular projects in alumni schools and convening biannual meetings for alumni teachers to share best practices and ideas (through the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc./Patrons Program)

PS 214, The Michael Friedsam School
$5,000
One-time only special contribution to the PS 214 School Fund in honor of Michael Friedsam's 150th birthday

Reach Out And Read of Greater New York, Inc.
$50,000
To help provide New York City children and families with pediatric literacy counseling and support

Read Alliance, Inc. (formerly Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, Inc. dba Read Alliance)
$100,000
To support READ's year-round Catholic-school program and summer programming open to all students

St. Aloysius School
$50,000
To help support a new position, Principal of Middle Schools, as St. Aloysius transitions to being an independent school in the Jesuit tradition

Teachers College, Columbia University
$180,000 (over two years)
To continue to increase the number of New York City independent and Catholic school teachers of color in the Klingenstein Center's Leadership Academy intensive master's degree program

United Way of New York City
$100,000
To help support the Child Care and Early Education Fund, a collaborative fund dedicated to improving early care and education in New York City