The foundation has been a leader in funding alternative education initiatives, including charter networks such as the ones listed below and many individual charter schools in New York City and New York State. Independently, Heckscher Foundation CEO Peter Sloane was a founding trustee of the first charter school in New York State, Sisulu Victory Academy.
- Classical Charter Schools
- Democracy Prep
- Icahn Charter Schools
- Success Academy
- Summit Public Schools’ Basecamp Program