Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation supports public education reform, grants college scholarships and invests in teacher development and training. Little is known about their specific funding initiatives.   

IP TAKE: Based in New York City, the Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation has traditionally supported public school reform in New York City. It has also run college scholarship programs and funded professional development programs for teachers. This foundation does not maintain a website and does not accept unsolicited inquiries.   

PROFILE: The Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation was founded by Leslie Sillcox, a former CIO at Goldman Sachs, and her husband, Mark. Based in New York, the foundation aims to “contribute to the steadily growing number of young people in New York City who overcome socioeconomic barriers to graduate from public high school—and then from college—prepared for meaningful employment and robust civic participation." This funder prefers a low public profile and does not maintain a website making it difficult to pinpoint its grantmaking specifics.

Tax filings suggest that it has supported public education in New York City and was closely aligned with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agenda for school reform. Since that time, the foundation has branched out geographically, supporting a physics education training program for in-service teachers in Camden, New Jersey. It has also granted college scholarships for public high school graduates at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.  

This funder does not maintain a website and does not accept unsolicited inquiries. It may be contacted via mail at the address below.


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Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation

77 Water St., 9th Fl.

New York City, NY 10005