Catalytic Giving

One Goal

We provided the initial funding to support OneGoal’s expansion to New York City. OneGoal New York is now reaching, in only six years, the same level of scale and impact that it took the founding region (Chicago) nine years to achieve.

OneGoal identifies, trains, and supports high-performing champion teachers to implement a three-year college readiness and success curriculum into classroom-based learning. OneGoal specifically focuses on addressing college under-matching challenges by targeting mid-range achievers, by providing comprehensive services geared toward improved GPAs and standardized test scores, and by helping students identify more selective and supportive best-fit colleges. Staff work intensively with underperforming students from 11th grade through the first year of college not only to support them to and through college, but to increase their college selectivity tier by at least one level.

Heckscher was instrumental in launching OneGoal New York but their ongoing support is what led to our ability to expand as aggressively and intentionally as we have, and is helping to ensure our sustainability. The implied endorsement that comes with support from Peter and his team has opened doors for us and led to additional champions.
Nikki Thompson, Executive Director, OneGoal New York
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According to a recent external evaluation conducted by the University of Chicago, OneGoal demonstrated an increase in college enrollment and persistence of 10 to 20% compared to a control group, with a particularly strong effect in increasing four-year college enrollment and persistence rates. Through this low-cost and scalable model, which relies on existing resources, OneGoal can make district-wide improvements in college success.