Venture Philanthropy

We have defined our mission as “leveling the playing field for underserved youth”. Our goal is to foster venture philanthropy using three principal funding strategies: catalytic giving, strategic partnerships and targeted problem solving.

Catalytic Giving

The foundation seeks to fund approaches that have the potential for wide application but have not reached a scale broad enough to attract investment by larger private foundations or government. We view funding as catalytic when our dollars can have an impact exponentially greater than the projected results of any one or more years of funding.

Strategic Partnerships

The foundation seeks to promote collaborations between not-for-profits, for-profits and the public sector toward a common goal. The organizations we bring together may have overlapping approaches, motives or skill sets.

Targeted Problem Solving

The foundation defines specific challenges that have practical solutions which are attainable within a reasonable time and budget, and encourages creative problem solvers to test those solutions. These challenges often address barriers to equal opportunity that have been overlooked or under-appreciated.

Signature Initiatives

These are examples of our venture philanthropy projects.

Public Parks

The Heckscher Foundation is increasingly invested in creating and maintaining livable public parks and public … Read More

Program Replications to New York

The Heckscher Foundation seeks strategic opportunities to support the expansion of promising out-of-state programs to … Read More

Take the Field

A quarter century of budget cuts had resulted in the acute deterioration of physical education … Read More

Summer Meals

The New York Summer Meals Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to qualified public … Read More

SingleStop USA – Community College Initiative

More than half of low-income students begin their postsecondary education at a community college, and … Read More


The Heckscher Foundation provided the largest early support to KickinNutrition.TV (KNTV), an interactive digital educational … Read More

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