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 LaGuardia 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

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. Eight-five percent of ANY Fellows have transferred from community colleges to four-year universities – compared to twenty percent of community college students nationally.

ANY has achieved results that position it as the most effective model for college-completion programs for CUNY students. Bolstered by ANY programming, 94% of ANY Fellows graduate from college within six years, and 90% have secured jobs. In comparison, CUNY’s three-year graduation rate for community colleges is 22% and the six-year graduation rate for senior colleges is 55%.

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