The McElhattan Foundation will support nonprofit initiatives that help underserved populations access high-quality educational opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them and, once enrolled, to complete those programs.

  • We believe education is key to breaking the intergenerational poverty cycle and creating a workforce capable of supporting 21st-century industry.
  • Access to excellent educational opportunities is often limited by factors beyond a student’s control. We’d like to widen that path.
  • We are open to applications from public, private, and charter schools; preschool and child-care programs; educational afterschool and summer programs; trade academies; two- and four-year colleges; life-skills training centers; and adult mid-career retraining programs.
  • We acknowledge that helping students access educational opportunities is not enough—it’s important for students to complete a program in order to reap its full benefits. We will therefore also fund initiatives that, for example, help single mothers find reliable childcare while they are in school.
  • We will support programs in Pittsburgh, Franklin, and Knox, PA.

We are not seeking to fund:

  • Equipment purchases, staff training, or capital campaigns, unless they are tied to a specific program that addresses what we’ve outlined above.
  • Mentorship programs that are not focused on helping students enter and/or complete post-secondary education or training.