The educational programs supported by the IECA Foundation grantmaking help create opportunities and provide hope to deserving and underserved students. This year, we granted $93,000 to 25 organizations spanning 17 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
The 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.
Best Foot Forward (Florida) - $5,000
Best Foot Forward is the only nonprofit in Palm Beach County, Florida exclusively dedicated to the educational success of foster care children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Established in 2010, the organization empowers foster care youth to maximize their potential by providing essential academic support and guidance.
Character Collaborative (Vermont) - $5,000
The Character Collaborative includes educational institutions and educators across the U.S. with the mission to elevate character attributes and other non-academic factors in the way youth are admitted to college.
College Bound Opportunities (Illinois) - $5,000
In today’s competitive world only 1 in 9 low-income, first-generation students are graduating from college in 6 years or less. Since 2006, College Bound Opportunities (CBO) has been changing that statistic with its mission to mentor, empower, and inspire low-income, first-generation scholars to overcome barriers, graduate college, and achieve success in life.
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (Colorado) - $3,000
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s (FCMoD) mission is to create meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collection-based explorations in science and culture.
Give More HUGS (Texas) - $4,000
Established in 2012 to support students and teachers in disadvantaged communities to achieve their educational goals, Give More HUGS has 3 main programs: BookShare, BackPacks and Ambassadors (providing books, backpacks, and mentorships). Their unique leadership model trains students and teachers to cultivate their leadership while impacting students in underserved communities.
Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization (Florida) - $3,000
Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization (GCDSO) is a non-profit dedicated to providing educational and advocacy programs, support and information to individuals with Down syndrome and their families and raising awareness of the abilities of these individuals.
Greenhouse Scholars (Colorado) - $4,500
Greenhouse Scholars is dedicated to cultivating extraordinary leaders to change low-income families and communities. The organization empowers college students with essential professional, personal, and financial resources to excel and to become strategic leaders driving results.
KYDS (Keep Youth Doing Something) Inc. (California) - $4,500
KYDS focuses on keeping children from low-income communities safe and away from high risk behaviors and gang violence through after school academic support and enrichment programming.
Kids On Point (South Carolina) - $5,000
Kids On Point introduces young people to the world of opportunity outside of their under-resourced neighborhoods through year-round academic, athletic, and enrichment programming.
MOSTe (California) - $5,000
MOSTe is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that girls from underserved areas in LA County have the support they need to graduate from college. Students enter the programs in the seventh grade and are provided the resources, guidance, and access needed to help them achieve their educational goals.
Operation Xcel (North Carolina) - $5,000
Operation Xcel operates five 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) within Guilford County. The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Their programs provide academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low-performing schools to help them meet local and state academic standards in reading, mathematics, and science.
Riding Unlimited (Texas) - $3,000
Riding Unlimited’s mission to “Turn Disabilities into Possibilities” has been exemplified in the arena for more than 26 years. They provide horsemanship skills and equine therapy for North Texas.Their facility is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int’l. (PATH) Premier Accredited Center and our instructors are PATH Intl. certified.
Sisters Circle (Maryland) - $5,000
Sisters Circle, a long-term mentoring program for middle and high school girls, has lead the effort to cultivate longer and more meaningful connections with youth and, through these trusted relationships, introduce at-risk girls in Baltimore to a broader network of support that promotes life- long success.
Sky’s the Limit (California) - $5,000
STLF serves youth in mental health crisis and their families by providing financial assistance to offset the high cost of wilderness therapy treatment. And, STLF provides critical transitional support when the youth returns home, so the family and youth have the best chance for success moving forward.
Soundscapes (Virginia) - $5,000
Soundscapes is a nonprofit, educational intervention program that helps prepare underserved students to succeed in school and beyond through intensive after-school music education. For Soundscapes, music is a tool to provide critical life skills to 350 elementary through high school students annually.
Summer Search Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) - $5,000
Summer Search Philadelphia is a positive youth empowerment organization that partners with students to unleash their potential through mentoring and transformative experiences. They envision a world in which young people, regardless of circumstances, have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and lead their communities to thrive.
Sundog Theatre (New York) - $5,000
Sundog Theatre, Inc. provides contemporary and original theatre and educational K–12 programming. They develop artistic opportunities that enhance the economic and cultural vitality of their local and greater NYC communities. Sundog is unique in offering original Island-based work and is the only local organization that provides comprehensive educational arts programming.
Tailored Rides Equine Therapy (Texas) - $2,000
Tailored Rides is a small therapeutic riding center in rural North East Texas. Lamar County, Texas is an economically disadvantaged county with a reported 18.8% of the residents living in poverty and 12.9% reporting a disability. Tailored Rides serves children and adults with special needs, providing an innovative learning environment for students with disabilities or other disadvantages.
The Warming House (Illinois) - $5,000
The Warming House Youth Center is a free drop-in center for 8th through 12th graders. Staff members at the Center offer teens a welcoming, supervised, and structured environment where they can explore their values, test their independence, and develop leadership skills that enhance their overall growth and development.
Appleton: A Better Chance (Wisconsin) - $1,000
Appleton - A Better Chance (ABC) provides academically talented students of color with an opportunity for education, guidance and personal development. Their mission is three-fold: Support education for scholars of color. Provide a unique living experience. Engage the Appleton community.
Breakthrough Texas (Texas) - $1,000
Breakthrough builds a path through college, beginning in middle school, for students from low-income communities who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. The program combines individualized, long-term case management with extended learning time for students who statistics say will not enroll in or graduate from college without significant support.
Future 5 (Connecticut) - $1,000
Future 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.
Minds Matter Portland (Oregon) - $1,000
Minds Matter Portland (Oregon) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. Their goal is to equip underprivileged high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process.
Sisters Academy of New Jersey (New Jersey) - $1,000
Established in 1997, Sisters Academy of New Jersey is a girls’ middle school located in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Academy focuses on educating girls from economically challenged families in order to provide them with the tools necessary to gain access to and achieve success in private high schools and universities.