OVERVIEW: The Teagle Foundation supports the college readiness of New York City's youth, and believes a traditional liberal arts education is an excellent vehicle for achieving this goal. This funder works with nonprofit organizations, often in partnership with New York-area colleges and universities.
IP TAKE: Teagle prioritizes organizations located in or servicing the New York City area. Applicants’ projects must support the value of a liberal arts education, and be committed to fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills in New York City.
PROFILE: Headquartered in New York City, the Teagle Foundation was established in 1944 by Walter Teagle, the former chairman of Standard Oil, now Exxon Mobil Corporation. In an economy driven by technology and with so much attention focused on STEM subjects, the Teagle Foundation remains committed to the value of a traditional liberal arts education, which cultivates critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. The foundation seeks “to support and strengthen liberal arts education,” which it describes as “fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life.” In addition to college readiness, Teagle also funds Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence and Liberal Arts in the Professions.
Teagle conducts much of its college readiness grantmaking through its College-Community Connections program, which supports “a wide range of organizations that improve the college-readiness of young people in New York City.” It seeks to “cultivate students’ understanding of liberal arts education,” “introduce students to the range of colleges and majors, with particular emphasis on liberal arts institutions and disciplines,” and “support paths to post-secondary achievement as evidenced by retention and persistence of first-year college students.” This program awarded grants of up to $300,000 for a three-year period in 2016, and the foundation has not yet announced plans to renew it.
Teagle’s grants typically range from $10,000 to $300,000. More information on its grants in other areas can be found in its grants database.
The foundation accepts concept papers on a rolling basis, but grantseekers must be invited to submit a full proposal.
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