Career Pathways For Inclusive Growth
The Foundation seeks to support inclusive career pathways in local economic growth sectors that provide quality jobs (these are jobs that pay a living wage, offer meaningful benefits, predictable schedules, stable income, and worker engagement). We have a specific focus on supporting organizations that work with the following populations:
- BIPOC Populations (Black, Indigenous, and people of color)
- Returning Citizens
- Other underserved populations
Scholarships at The Foundation
The Community Foundation is home to a variety of scholarship funds that benefit local students. Some are open to students from different schools. Other scholarships are designated for graduates of specific schools or attendees of specific colleges and institutions. Collectively, the funds awarded more than $602,000 to students in 2021.
New Haven Promise
With its the three pillars— "To, Through, and Back" — New Haven Promise provides: scholarships of up to full tuition ("To"); support and mentorship during higher education to ensure on-time graduation ("Through"); and meaningful job experience including paid internships with local employers ("and Back").
The Foundation played a central role in co-creating New Haven Promise in 2010 along with the City of New Haven and Yale University, and has continued to provide funding and leadership support ever since. Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital are also leading funders and supporters of New Haven Promise.
In ten years, 2,000 students have benefitted from New Haven Promise, and the number of New Haven public school graduates who now pursue a four-year degree in has jumped by more than 70 percent.
Education and Work Readiness Grantmaking
Over the last decade, The Community Foundation has invested more than $11 million in discretionary funds to a variety of education programs serving all ages.