Citi Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Citi Foundation supports youth economic opportunity, sustainability and financial inclusion around the world. It supports college readiness through its Pathways to Progress initiative.

IP TAKE: Through its Pathways to Progress initiative, the Citi Foundation supports organizations around the world that help students prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and vocational programs. This foundation supports organizations with demonstrated success and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: The Citi Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Citibank, a multinational financial services firm based in New York City. The foundation aims to promote “economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world.” It supports youth economic opportunity, sustainability, and financial inclusion through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and internal programs.

The Citi Foundation supports college readiness through its signature Pathways to Progress initiative, which encourages young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 to acquire marketable skills through education and job training, to find jobs, and to develop businesses of their own. One past grantee is the Opportunity Network, a New York City-based organization that offers academic support, guidance, training, and internships to underserved high school students. Another grantee, YouthBuild USA, provides low-income youth who have not completed high school with job training and educational skills for postsecondary success.

Citi Foundation grants range from $50,000 to $5 million, with an average grant size of about $150,000. The foundation supports organizations throughout the world, but generally funds nonprofits with "demonstrated success." A data base of past grants is available on the foundation's webpage.

The Citi Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals and will not review unsolicited materials.


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