The Heckscher Foundation for Children was founded in 1921 to promote the welfare of children, primarily in New York City. We fund organizations serving youth in the fields of academic support, arts education, job training, and social services including health and recreation. The Foundation’s giving takes the form of program support, capacity building, general operating and specific capital projects (capital support requests are by board invitation only). The Foundation does not participate in annual appeals, endowments, fundraising events or political efforts.
The Heckscher Foundation for Children seeks to "level the playing field" for underserved youth. In all of our giving activities, we stress the achievement of positive, measureable, clear outcomes and are particularly interested in programs that are prepared to critically evaluate their work.
The Heckscher Foundation provides support in the following categories serving children and youth:
- Education and Academic Support: K-12 and College Access & Completion
- Arts Education
- Social Services, Health and Recreation
- Workforce Development: Job Access & Persistence Support
- Capacity Building and Technical Assistance