New York, NY - RF Partners Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded four community-based organizations $25,000 grants each for their continued work in promoting academic achievement and access to higher education among students of color. The Chicago-based recipients are The Posse Foundation Chicago and Mikva Challenge. New York-based recipients are Let’s Get Ready and The Opportunity Network were awarded.
RF Partners Foundation began in 2021 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations with missions that promote programs encouraging education, academic support, achievement, and leadership development in underserved communities. The Foundation’s mission rests in the power of education. Education empowers communities. Education breaks down barriers to opportunity. Education inspires leaders. Education strengthens communities.
Our hope is that the grants will serve as a starting point to encourage financial organizations to support their local communities and build a partnership of social responsibility. The RF Partners Foundation is invested in education with a strong commitment to diversity and equity.
- Elana Rothschild, Director of RF Partners Foundation
Through targeted grantmaking, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations focused on academic access and enrichment that are dedicated to serving low-income high school students of color within the Chicago and New York metro areas, where the RF offices reside.
Numerous nonprofits that reflect missions in line with the RF Partners Foundation’s mission were evaluated. Of the nonprofits selected, grant applications were reviewed, and two nonprofits from each city were awarded grants. Below is a list of the nonprofit organizations that were funded in 2021. To learn more about these nonprofits, please visit their websites.
The Posse Foundation Chicago was granted $25,000 to support its Chicago program site. The Posse model works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students - a Posse - carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development.
Mikva Challenge was granted $25,000 to support its youth development and civic education programs. Mikva Challenge develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.
Let’s Get Ready was granted $25,000 to support its Access program for five hundred New York City students during the 2022 spring and summer semesters. Let’s Get Ready expands access to higher education in America by mobilizing, equipping, and empowering college students to help the next generation step up to college.
The Opportunity Network was granted $25,000 to support its Fellows program for the 2021-2022 school year. The Opportunity Network ignites the drive, curiosity, and agency of underrepresented students on their path to and through college and into thriving careers, powered by the commitment to access and community.
We are dedicated to uplifting our communities by providing resources to local organizations that improve access to education programs and empower underserved students to build confidence, enhance social mobility and help shape the future of their respective communities.
- Peter Fidler, Board Member of RF Partners Foundation and Co-Founder & Managing Partner at RF Investment Partners