Zegar Family Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Zegar Family Foundation’s higher education grants primarily go to help support programs for less advantaged students.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to build long-term relationships with its grantee partners; however, it is open to hearing anew ideas from prospective grantees. It maintains a sparse website, which limits transparency about grantmaking.

PROFILE: Founded in 2007, the Zegar Family Foundation aims to “[g]ive back by improving the lives of others and enhancing the communities and larger world around us.” This is a modest-sized family funder whose grantmaking includes a diverse set of priorities including Science and Medicine, Education, Human Services and Economic Opportunity, Nutrition and Health, Justice and Human Rights, Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Environment, and International causes.

Zegar’s education grants primarily support higher education institutions and organizations “[p]roviding college access and success for the less advantaged who desire to attend them.”

The foundation does not offer grant listings on its website; however, tax filings indicate that grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $100,000. Past higher education grantees include Long Island University, which received funding for its emergency tuition fund; and Johns Hopkins University, which received funding to support general operating costs.  

The Zegar Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.


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