Highlighted Projects

The primary aim of the Heckscher Foundation’s grant-making is to “level the playing field” for underserved youth by providing access to education and the varied experiences that make for a richer, forward-reaching life. Our goal is to foster venture philanthropy using three principal funding strategies: catalytic giving, strategic partnerships and targeted problem solving. In all of our giving, we honor the generosity of spirit and dedication of our leaders through the years; their commitment and foresight make it possible for us to continue making a difference for youth in New York City. Here, we feature our highlighted projects, projects that we have supported in prior years that demonstrate our catalytic vision, as well as our Selected 2016 Grantees, which reflect current mission-aligned programs that we are proud to support.

Heckscher Scholars Program

Heckscher Scholars are public high school students from some of the poorest areas of New … Read More

NYC High School Application Guide

As Seen In: The Wall Street Journal,  DNAinfo NY, Chalkbeat NY Rise & Shine, amNY, NY Metro … Read More

Charter Schools

The foundation has been a leader in funding alternative education initiatives, including charter networks such … Read More


The foundation provided the largest early funding to KickinNutrition.TV (KNTV), an interactive, digital educational program … Read More

Program Replications to New York

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

Public Parks

The foundation is invested in creating and maintaining and public gardens in New York City. … 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

Summer Meals

The New York City Department of Education’s Office of SchoolFood, which provides free breakfast and … Read More

Take the Field

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

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