Strategic Partnerships

America Needs You

We have been a major supporter of strategic partnerships fueling the growth of America Needs You (ANY), an organization that has achieved success in responding to the needs of first-generation college students.  We funded a strategic partnership, among others, between ANY and LaGuardia Community College that enables ANY to operate under a cost-sharing model where ANY pays 80% of expenses and LaGuardia pays 20% plus provides resources that include workshop spaces and an on-campus desk where ANY staff can provide convenient support to Fellows.

Heckscher helped us increase our impact by tenfold. They are more than a funder—they are a thought partner, connector, cheerleader, and champion. Our collaboration has helped us adapt and respond to the needs of campus partners and more than double the number of community college students in our program.
Marianna Tu, CEO, America Needs You
Marianna Tu headshot for America Needs You

In New York, ANY serves City University of New York (CUNY) students, one third of whom start out at a two-year CUNY community college, because they have been identified as having the highest need for intervention. To ensure year-over-year persistence and bachelor’s degree completion, ANY supports students as they transition from two-year to four-year colleges and throughout their post-secondary education.

ANY has achieved results that position it as the most effective model for college-completion programs for CUNY students. Recent data indicates that 87% of Fellows enrolled in community colleges transferred to four-year universities. Bolstered by ANY programming, 94% of Fellows graduate from college within six years, and 92% have secured jobs or enrolled full-time in graduate school. In comparison, CUNY’s 3-year graduation rate for community colleges is 22% and the 6-year graduation rate for senior colleges is 55%.