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

2014 Grants

The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.
$150,000
To be divided as follows: $100,000 to help support programmatic activities for scholars in BELL Summer in New York City; and $50,000 to help build regional capacity and sustainability

Brooklyn Friends School
$80,000 (over two years)
To be divided as follows: $15,000 each year to help support the Horizons academic enrichment program at Brooklyn Friends School; and $25,000 each year to support capacity building in fundraising

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$175,000 (over two years)
To be divided as follows: $75,000 each year to help accelerate the development of literacy and math skills for at-risk preschoolers in Brooklyn; and an additional $25,000 in the first year to help support a pilot program with Family Child Care Providers

Brooklyn Public Library
$100,000 (over fifteen months)
To help launch the First Five Years Outreach Initiative

Classroom, Inc.
$75,000
To help support Classroom, Inc.'s school day, afterschool, and summer programming in inner-city Catholic schools and provide a new digital learning program to three schools

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

Good Shepherd Services
$100,000
To help support their afterschool and summer programs in East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and related literacy development programming

The Grace Opportunity Project
$150,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for the GO Project's year-round educational programming for students in grades K-8

The Grace Opportunity Project
$30,000 (over eighteen months)
To support an external evaluation

Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center
$50,000
To provide capacity building support to help strengthen the afterschool program

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
$100,000
To help support Explorers Academy afterschool programming and efforts to pilot and refine instructional approaches to preventing summer learning loss

The New School/Center for New York City Affairs
$35,000
To provide capacity building support to develop a database and digital tools to help educate parents about pre-kindergarten educational opportunities in the city

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.
$85,000
To help support the Parent-Child Home Program in New York City and expand the pilot program with family child care providers to the Bronx

Phipps Neighborhoods, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the Education and Learning Initiative, designed to strengthen academic services across the Youth Services Division, and to extend it to programming for out-of-school youth

Reach Out And Read of Greater New York, Inc.
$75,000 (over two years)
As a final grant to provide general support for this early literacy program

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 inner-city Catholic school educators in the Klingenstein Center's intensive Two-Summers Master's program, and provide online coaching for program alumni

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