ECMC Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The ECMC Foundation seeks to prepare students from underserved and marginalized backgrounds for college and completion of their degree programs.

IP TAKE: ECMC’s college grantmaking is fairly diverse. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations and academic institutions of all sizes.

PROFILE: Based in Los Angeles, California, the ECMC Foundation is a rather sizable organization with current assets totaling over $350 million. An affiliate of the ECMC group, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help students succeed, the foundation boasts a similar mission, which intends to “inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation.” The foundation invests in College Success, Career Readiness, and Teacher & Leader Development.

ECMC’s College Success program seeks to increase the number of students from underserved and marginalized backgrounds who are “prepared for, admitted to, and graduate from an institution of higher education.” The foundation supports projects and programs that:

  • develop tools and techniques for education professionals
  • improve the six-graduation rate at four year colleges
  • improve the three-year transfer and/or completion rates at community colleges

Past grantees include Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles’s College Preparation Access Completion Program and the College Crusade of Rhode Island. For a a broader sense of the kind of work ECMC supports, explore its Grantee Partners database.

Grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $300,000. The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking nor does it support endowment funds, political activities and lobbying, travel, surveys or fundraising activities.

Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted via traditional and electronic mail; however, the foundation prefers to be contacted by email.


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