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The educational programs supported by the IECA Foundation grantmaking help create opportunities and provide hope to deserving and under-served students. This year, we granted $75,000 to 20 organizations spanning 14 states, thanks to the incredible support from our donors. These outstanding organizations strive to improve the lives and educational trajectories of students all across the country:

Abramson Scholarship Foundation (Washington, D.C.) - $4,000

Abramson FoundationThe Abramson Scholarship Foundation ensures that motivated, low-income DC public high school graduates have the opportunity to get to and through college, providing students with financial and mentoring resources that help them rise above the obstacles posed by poverty that could otherwise hamper their chances of life successes. abramsonfoundation.org

cityarts (new york) - $5,000

CITYarts photoCITYarts engages young people and professional artists in the creation of public art. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers youth and connects them locally and around the world to become active participants in transforming communities. cityarts.org

Communities in schools of augusta (georgia) - $5,000

The mission of Communities In Schools of Augusta Richmond County (CISARC) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Working alongside school staff, CISARC site coordinators identify at-risk students, assess their needs, and provide integrated support utilizing community partnerships. cisaugusta.org

Future 5 (Connecticut) - $5,000

Future 5 photoFuture 5 assists motivated, low-income high school students in Stamford, CT reach their full potential, leading to independence and productive citizenship. They provide a robust, after school program which includes college preparation, college admissions assistance, and general academic planning/career counseling services, at no cost to students. futurefive.org

MANA de San Diego (California)- $5,000

MANA de San Diego is the largest and local chapter of a national organization focused on Latina empowerment through education, leadership development, community service, and advocacy. Short for “Hermana,” the Spanish word for sister, MANA is a dynamic sisterhood of Latinas bound together by common history, culture, language, and goals. manasd.org

Mercy Center’s Sisters Academy of NJ (New Jersey) - $5,000

Mercy Center photoMercy Center, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, provides programs and services that empower, enrich and educate people facing socio-economic challenges to realize their full potential, with a special emphasis on women and children. mercycenternj.org


Mile High 360 (Colorado) - $5,000

Mile High 360’s mission is to ensure socio-economic status does not determine a child’s future, and their goal is to end generational poverty by creating pathways to independence and choice through education. MH360 is an intensive youth-development program, providing under-resourced students of color with year-round programming for 13 consecutive years. milehigh360.org

MUSYCA (California) - $5,000

MUSYCA Chamber SingersMUSYCA Children's Choir provides performing arts education for children and youth ages 4-18. Their students' artistic output reaches millions of people around the US and the world, bringing joy through its performances, recordings, film, and TV appearances, collaborations, outreach and touring. musyca.org


NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo (New York) - $5,000

NativityMiguel is a faith-based middle school that transforms the lives of under-served students in a secure, nurturing environment on two single-gender campuses. They deliver a uniquely effective education that includes an extended school day and school year, dedicated and caring teachers, personal mentoring, and continuing support through high school graduation. nativitymiguelbuffalo.org

New Futures (Washington, D.C.) - $5,000

The mission of New Futures is to create educational opportunities for rewarding careers.  As the only regional organization supporting young people through shorter-term postsecondary credentials like community college degrees, they support young people of color in the Washington, DC region as they pursue family-sustaining, in-demand careers. newfuturesdc.org

North Bay Children’s Center (California) - $5,000

For more than 30 years, NBCC has been a safety net for thousands of low-income families of diverse backgrounds struggling to provide the best start for their children. NBCC ensures optimal child development through culturally rich programs that prepare children from diverse backgrounds to succeed socially, emotionally and academically with an effective mix of early learning experiences that focus on school readiness, foster self-sufficiency, and promote health and wellness. nbcc.net

Reading Power (Illinois) - $5,000

Reading Power provides one-to-one literacy intervention for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade attending under-served schools in Lake County that do not have resources to meet required reading intervention mandates. Reading Power is a non-profit literacy organization led by educational professionals and delivered by more than 225 trained volunteers. readingpowerinc.org

Soundscapes (Virginia) - $5,000

Soundscapes photoSoundscapes is a nonprofit, educational intervention program that helps prepare under-served students to succeed in school and beyond through intensive after-school music education. For Soundscapes, music is a tool to instill critical life skills in elementary through high school students. soundscapes.org


The Leaders Readers Network (Texas) - $5,000

The Leaders Network photoThe Leaders Readers Network (formerly Give More HUGS) is dedicated to equalizing access to quality education. Their network of teachers and students represent a diverse and dedicated group of leaders who are working together to ensure children in their communities have access to brand new books, school supplies, and leadership development. givemorehugs.org

Trinity Academy of Hartford (Connecticut) - $5,000

Trinity Academy photoIn the fall of 2014, Trinity Academy of Hartford opened its doors as a small independent tuition-free elementary school for low income students in Greater Hartford. Their mission is to break the cycle of inner-city poverty through intensive academics, social and cultural enrichment, and nurture. Today, it educates and nurtures 40 students, first through fourth grade, with 100% of its students coming from low income and minority backgrounds. trinityday.org


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Caterpillar Ministries (North Carolina)

Caterpillar Ministries strives to support the well-being of families in the Huntington Green mobile home community of Huntersville, North Carolina, most of whom live below the federal poverty line and face many of the challenges commonly associated with poverty. Programs include fun for preschoolers, small groups for teens, and ESL classes and job training for adults. caterpillarministries.org

College Consultants Care

College Consultants Care provides FREE college application assistance from experienced Independent Educational Consultants to students diagnosed with cancer or have a parent diagnosed with cancer. collegeconsultantscare.org

Faulk Center for Counseling (Florida)

CLC inspires, guides, and empowers students and families through individualized learning and responsive mentoring. Through community partnerships, tutoring, college counseling, and group programs, the CLC staff ensure that every student in Summit County has access to high quality educational services, regardless of socio-economic status. faulkcenterforcounseling.org

iWrite Literacy Organization (Texas)

iWrite imageiWRITE believes that creativity and imagination are natural gifts of childhood, which is why it encourages our children to create daily and enter the annual short story contest, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids. Both reading and writing build a foundation for children to become leaders among their peers. The I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids annual publishing contest awards children for their academic and artistic achievements. The act of being a published, young author or illustrator increases positive self-esteem and encourages our youth to become role models to others. iwrite.org


Settlement Music School (Pennsylvania)

Settlement Music SchoolSettlement Music School was established by Mary Louise Curtis (think Curtis Institute of Music) as a means by which students from poorer and underrepresented communities could receive free or reduced rate music lessons and have instruments to play. settlementmusic.org



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