Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation prioritizes children living in poverty. It runs two in-house funding programs: the Youth Development Fund and PropelNext. It also works with the philanthropic collaborative Blue Meridian Partners.

IP TAKE: Prioritizing children who live in poverty, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation supports established, national nonprofits through its Youth Development Fund, while organizations in earlier stages of development are supported through its PropelNext program. This foundation also works with the Blue Meridian Partners collaborative. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE:  The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation was established in the 1950s by Edna McConnel Clark, the daughter of the founder of the Avon cosmetics company, and her husband, Van Alan Clark. Based in New York City, the foundation "makes large, long-term investments that help high-performing nonprofits lift the life prospects of more children and youth living in poverty." Its funding initiatives are early childhood, education, employment, justice and crime, foster care and teen pregnancy, and its grantmaking is conducted through three separate entities: EMCF's Youth Development Fund, which works with established nonprofits, PropelNext, which helps smaller nonprofits in earlier stages of development, and Blue Meridian Partners, a consortium of philanthropies helping children and youth living in poverty.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's education initiative aims to improve educational outcomes for students living in poverty, and toward this goal, the foundation supports several national organizations working with at-risk children. Past recipients include, Reading Partners, which runs literacy tutoring programs for struggling readers at schools in low-income areas; Communities in Schools, a program working with underprivileged K-12 students who are at risk for dropping out of school; and Wings, an organization offering after-school programs that facilitate positive social and emotional development for at-risk students in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. PropelNext has operated mainly in California. Its grantees include the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, the East Oakland Youth Development Center, San Gabriel's Asian Youth Center, and Reach Out, an organization providing social services and counseling to children and families in San Bernardino.

A complete list of current and past grantees is available on the foundation's website. Funding is limited to the United States.

The foundation does not accept proposals for any of its funding programs, but both PropelNext and Blue Meridian Partners accept general inquiries through their separate websites.


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