Angell Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: Working mainly in Southern California and New England, the Angell Foundation supports education, food equity and transformational leadership initiatives.

IP TAKE: Angell's education funding prioritizes urban students between the ages of 14 and 26 and the attainment of postsecondary degrees and professional certifications. The foundation operates mainly in Southern California and New England and accepts brief project descriptions via email. 

PROFILE:  The Angell Foundation was established in 1996 by award-winning television scriptwriter David Angell and his wife, Lynn. The Angells died in the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Headquartered in Los Angles, California, the foundation supports "organizations that provide opportunities for individuals to access resources and skills that enhance their ability to lead fulfilling, productive lives, and to make positive contributions within their communities" Its three funding initiatives are education as opportunity, food equity and transformational leadership.

The Angell Foundation supports college readiness through its education as opportunity initiative, which prioritizes students between the ages of 14 and 26 from underserved communities. The program aims to increase the number of students from this population who attain "post-secondary degrees or certificates that lead to meaningful careers." One past grantee, the Gabriella Foundation of Southern California, used funding to run afterschool programs that provided high school students with "productive pathways to develop the necessary skills and tool to prepare for high school and post-high school college and careers." Angell also supported the Rhode Island School of Design's Project Open Door, an arts education and college access program serving underserved teens in Rhode Island.

The Angell Foundation's education grants range from $35,000 to $150,000 and support organizations operating in Southern California and New England that work work directly with students. A grants archive is provided on the foundation's website.

This funder does not accept unsolicted proposals. Brief descriptions of relevant work and projects by nonprofit organizations may be submitted via email at


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