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Community Impact - Providing Quality Education 

Greater New Haven’s future as a region of opportunity depends on every child receiving a quality education that prepares them to be successful. The Community Foundation has therefore made education a leading priority. Our investments span the entire continuum from pre-K through college and adult-education programs.

Work We Fund

Access to higher education

New Haven Promise has disbursed more than $6.2 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students and their families in New Haven.

New Haven Promise is a transformative program that provides free tuition to Connecticut public colleges and universities for qualifying New Haven public school graduates. It is the Community Foundation’s largest programmatic funding initiative and represents our deep commitment to creating opportunity for the next generation.

New Haven Promise was founded in 2010 by The Community Foundation, Yale University and New Haven Public Schools with the goal of making higher education accessible to all New Haven students, regardless of family income.

In addition to receiving tuition, New Haven Promise scholars are connected to careers through paid internships with a network of partner organizations. 

The Community Foundation is also home to hundreds of independent scholarship funds for students throughout the region. 

Collaborative improves state coordination of early childhood programs

Before kindergarten, children have already developed many of the basic brain connections that impact their ability to learn. Learn more about why early education matters.

When the state of Connecticut passed legislation to improve coordination among all agencies that work with young children, it invited the philanthropic community to help. The result was the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, an innovative public/private venture hosted by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.

The collaborative of 14 original funders, including The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, worked with state officials to manage a planning process that led to the creation of the Office of Early Childhood. The effort connected the work of 8 different divisions within 5 state agencies, improving the state’s delivery of quality services to young children.


Immigrant students prepared for college

Elm City Internationals provides one-on-one tutoring to prepare its kids for college. Photo credit: Ian Christmann

A grant to Elm City Internationals supported a college preparatory reading and writing program with college follow-through services for primarily immigrant student athletes who are English Language Learner (ELL) students.

ECI was able to provide each student with 6 additional hours of writing instruction each week with a 1:2 student/tutor ratio and expanded its reach to serve its first ever cohort of 8 rising 5th and 6th grade students.




Making a difference - stories from our grantees

Scholarships Awarded From Milton Fisher Fund »


Nearly $130,000 distributed as seven four-year scholarships; an additional $3,500 distributed as seven honorable mention scholarships.

New Haven Promise Connects Students with Careers »


New Haven Promise scholars not only have the opportunity to receive up to full tuition at in-state public colleges and university. They are also building their resumes with paid internships that will help them jumpstart their careers once they graduate.

Green Jobs Engages and Prepares Students at Common Ground »


Common Ground's Green Jobs Program gives students real-world experience in paid positions working on farms, teaching younger children at afterschool programs and camps, planting habitats, and restoring natural areas.

Recent Grant Awards

  • Achievement First - to provide general operating support for K-12 programming at Amistad Academy and Elm City College Preparatory

  • Architecture Resource Center, Inc.- to provide general operating support for the improvement of creative and problem-solving skills in K-12 students through the principles of architecture, urban design, engineering, industrial design and graphic design.

  • Branford Early Childhood Collaborative - to support, promote and enrich the health and development of children birth through age 3 in Branford.   

  • Connecticut Students for a Dream - to support and build the College Access program to address the specific needs of undocumented youth in Greater New Haven

  • Read to Grow - to support literacy programs, such as Books for Babies and Books for Kids, for low-income families in Greater New Haven and Valley

  • St. Martin de Porres Academy - to provide general operating support for a faith-based, Nativity Miguel middle school that provides a tuition-free, extended day education for underserved girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area


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