McCall Kulak Family Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The McCall Kulak Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on innovation in education, early childhood education, and has an interest in the Montessori method.

IP TAKE: This funder does not impose specific geographic restrictions; however, based on its tax filings, appears to give funding priority to organizations located in the Northeastern United States.

PROFILE: Established by Marianna Kulak McCall and Mark McCall, the McCall Kulak Family Foundation “[e]nvisions a nation where all children have the chance to learn and grow into confident, resilient, self-reliant, happy and generous citizens. The foundation is also a founding member of Trust for Learning, a collaborative education fund comprised of like-minded organizations such as the Harold Simmons Foundation and the McTeague Catalyst Fund.

The McCall Kulak Foundation focuses the majority of its grantmaking on its Education Innovation program, which explores alternative models of teaching that promotes the holistic development of children “[a]ccess to developmentally appropriate education for all children.”

Grant amounts typically fall in the $5,000 t0 $30,000 range, though some awards can go as high as $150,000. Past grantees include the Blossom Hill Foundation and Third Sector New England.

In addition to its grantmaking and work with Trust for Learning, McCall Kulak is also involved in the Montessori Leaders Collaborative and is engaged with other foundations to advance high-quality early childhood education.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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