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

2012 Grants

The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.
$300,000 (over two years)
Divided as follows: $100,000 a year to help support BELL Summer in New York City; and $50,000 a year to help support program improvements and capacity building in New York City and provide matching funds for a federal Social Innovation Fund grant for FY13 and FY14

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

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$150,000 (over two years)
To help accelerate the development of literacy and math skills for at-risk preschoolers in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Public Library
$100,000
To help support First Five Years programming, including Weekend Stories; Ready, Play, Grow; and Ready, Set, Kindergarten, a new summertime initiative

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.
$75,000
To help support after school and summer programming for approximately 450 underserved students

Fund for the City of New York, Inc.
$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

The Fund for Public Schools, Inc.
$500,000 (over two years)
To help support years two and three of NYC Summer Quest, a three-year multifaceted approach to improving, expanding, and sustaining summer learning opportunities for NYC public school students

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
$112,500 (over 18 months)
To help provide intensive professional development for inner-city Catholic middle- and high-school teachers to improve the teaching of American history

Good Shepherd Services
$125,000
To help support the Groundwork afterschool and summer enrichment program and its full integration into Good Shepherd Service's network of afterschool programs

The Grace Opportunity Project
$75,000
To provide general operating support for the expansion of the GO Project's year-round educational programming for students in grades K-8

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
$35,000
To help support the Job Opportunities Program (JOP), 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

Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
$60,000 (over two years)
To help sustain the Library Connections program by supporting cross-curricular projects in alumni schools and convening meetings for school alumni to share best practices and ideas

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$150,000
To help strengthen the Explorers Academies and to continue to implement at one clubhouse small-group instruction in literacy and math

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 and develop and pilot a technology curriculum

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 provide general support for Read's early literacy work in New York City

Teachers College, Columbia University
$160,000 (over two years)
To help increase the number of New York City independent school teachers of color and Catholic school educators in the Klingenstein Center's intensive Two-Summers Master's program, and provide online coaching for program alumni