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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

From the Start: New Haven Promise and The Promise of A Brighter Future »

09.26.2018

New Haven Promise, launched in 2010, now provides nearly $4 million annually in scholarships to graduates of New Haven Public Schools.

Scholarships Awarded From Milton Fisher Fund »

09.24.2018

A total of $120,000 distributed as seven four-year scholarships; an additional $2,500 distributed as five honorable mention scholarships.

Building Talent for the Digital Revolution »

09.24.2018

Just a few years ago, Max Johnson was living out of his car after working a series of dead-end jobs. Today he codes software for a New York City tech company. The opportunity he now has, he says, “is a miracle.”

Recent Grant Awards

  • Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc. - $60,000 to support the expansion of the Connecting through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Children and Caregivers,  which strengthens bonds between incarcerated parents and their children using mentorship and literacy before and after the parent is released from prison.

  • Elm City Robo Squad - $6,000 to support an after-school robotics program providing STEM experiences for inner-city New Haven high school students.

  • Gateway Community College Foundation, Inc. - $79,500 to support the pilot of the Family Economic Security Program, which provides wraparound services for students to increase college degree attainment.

  • James Blackstone Memorial Library - $75,000 to support building renovations to increase accessibility for seniors and families with young children, accommodate the needs of teens, and provide more meeting space and opportunities to learn and acquire technology skills.

  • Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc.
    $10,000 to support  financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship programming for Greater New Haven high school students.

  • New Haven Free Public Library Foundation - $105,000 to support Stetson Library: The Next Chapter, a fundraising campaign to move the Stetson Library into the re-imagined Q House with an expanded collection, improved community services, new furnishings, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

  • Student Parenting and Family Services, Inc. - $18,500 to provide general operating support for child care, parenting education and support services to teenage parents attending public school in New Haven.

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