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

2016 Grants

The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.
To help support a BELL Technical Assistance Summer Program partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of Community Schools (OCS) serving 390 scholars at five community schools in NYC

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
$200,000 (over two years)
To be divided as follow: $75,000 each year to support BKS' early childhood centers, and an additional $50,000 in year one to support the expansion of BKS' work with family child care providers and programming for adults and families in Weeksville Gardens

Brooklyn Public Library
$100,000 (over fifteen months)
To expand its First Five Years initiative to include multilingual programs and resources and to equip children’s librarians with tools for improving access to information and services

Classroom, Inc.
$75,000 (over sixteen months)
To help support Classroom, Inc.'s programming in inner-city Catholic schools

Cornelia Connelly Center for Education
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for the Cornelia Connelly Center middle school and graduate support services

Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education (dba Summer Advantage USA)
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

Good Shepherd Services
To help support their network of afterschool and summer programs located in East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant

The Grace Opportunity Project
To provide general operating support for the GO Project's year-round educational programming for 675 academically struggling public school students in grades K-8

Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center
To provide a final year of capacity building support for the Youth Program during this transitional year of integration with Goddard Riverside Community Center

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
For assessments and capacity building to help plan for constituent building, community partnerships, and educational programs in advance of the development of a new Clubhouse in North Central Harlem

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

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
To help sustain the position of Deputy Executive Director

New York Interschool Association, Inc.
To support the Faculty Diversity Search program, which identifies and recruits faculty and administrators of color and other underrepresented minorities to teach and work in the New York City independent schools

Power of Two
To provide general operating support for Power of Two to serve at least 500 infants and their primary caregivers in Brownsville and East New York, Brooklyn through a short-term, evidence-based home visiting program, Attachment and Bio-behavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

Teachers College, Columbia University
$120,000 (over two years)
To help diversify and strengthen faculty and administrators of color in independent and nonpublic New York City schools through participation in the Klingenstein Center master’s degree programs and post-participation in an online coaching program