The Pershing Square Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Pershing Square Foundation invests in health, education, arts and urban development, economic development and social justice. Its education program prioritizes students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

IP TAKE: The Pershing Square Foundation does not name any specific funding initiatives for its education program, but many of its grantees work with at-risk and underserved populations. It supports many organizations in New York City, but sets no geographic limits to its philanthropy. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Established in 2006, the Pershing Square Foundation seeks to "support exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact across the globe." It was founded by Bill Ackman, the founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, and his wife, Karen Ackman, a landscape architect. In 2012, the Ackmans signed the Giving Pledge, committing at least half of their fortune to charity. Based in Melville, New York, the foundation invests in health and medicine, arts and urban development, education, economic development and social justice.   

The Pershing Square Foundation does not name specific priorities for its education program, but many of its grants are directed toward organizations serving at-risk or underprivileged students. Grantees include Boys & Girls Harbor, a Harlem-based arts, education and social services organization; Bridge International Academies, a network of affordable, high-quality private schools operating in Africa and Asia; and New York Junior Tennis and Learning, which uses tennis as a vehicle for learning and character development for at-risk students in New York City.

Profiles of Pershing grant recipients are available on the education page of the foundation's  website. While this funder supports several organizations operating in New York City, it also funds national and international programs.

The Pershing Square Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. General inquiries may be made via email.


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