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Edwin Gould Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-12-14

At A Glance

Edwin Gould Foundation

55 Exchange Pl., 6th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10005-3301

Telephone: (212) 982-5200


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $42,442,166

Total giving: $914,004






Incorporated in 1923 in New York, NY - The foundation's commitment to serve young people traces back to 1885 with Edwin Gould's first grant to seed the Messiah Home for Children in New York City. In 1923, he incorporated the Edwin Gould Foundation to expand this work, and since then, the foundation has provided seed funding and support for several of the nation's most successful innovations in education.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation champions innovative organizations that create bold, best-in-class solutions to increase the number of college graduates from under-resourced communities. They seek to accomplish this by seeding and growing educational models that empower motivated, yet underserved students to enter college, graduate and advance society. The foundation seeks to provide educational support where the system leaves off, with a focus on supplemental education initiatives that help students succeed. The foundation has a deep, long-term approach to grantmaking through investment in Gould Partners over the long-term, to provide them with the additional resources and office space needed to work, grow and collaborate.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Blue Engine

Blue Engine was founded in 2009 to combat a cycle of college under-preparedness. They accomplish this by recruiting, training, and supporting a professional corps of Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) dedicated to academic acceleration for low-income students in high-need public NYC high schools. BETAs ensure that students receive the academic skills they need to succeed in college.

Breakthrough New York

Breakthrough New York is a tuition-free, year-round enrichment program for highly motivated middle school students with limited educational opportunities. The program seeks to prepare the students for challenging, college-preparatory high schools.

Citizens Schools NYC

Citizens Schools NYC partners with New York City middle schools to connect in-school and out-of-school learning, through rigorous academic support, and by creating dynamic hands-on learning projects (apprenticeships) that are led by volunteers. Citizen Schools changes the life trajectories of low income middle school students by building students' skills and advancing their achievement, while also engaging the community.

ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education (ENLACE)

ENLACE is a multi-year, out-of-school program working to improve the educational outcomes of promising Latino high school students from low-income families in the Bronx. ENLACE's goals are improving college readiness, access, retention, and graduation rates through an innovative curriculum including Regent SAT and ACT test preparation, career exploration and college counseling.

Legal Outreach

Legal outreach provides law-related curricula and programs for low-income and motivated students at the middle and high school levels. Their selective four-year College Bound program assists students through comprehensive academic enrichment and college prep. The foundation provides operating support for Legal Outreach's College Bound program.

Opportunity Network

Opportunity Network provides higher achieving, lower income New York City high school students with influential networks, an innovative career development program and college access services. The program's robust extended-day curriculum includes internships, formal networking and extensive college counseling.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

SEO is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1963 as one of New York City's first mentoring programs for high school students of color. The foundation provides grants and meeting space for SEO's Scholars' Program which prepares motivated New York City public high school students to earn admission and succeed at the nation's strong colleges and universities. There is a specific focus on curriculum development, programming and expansion.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Education services
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Higher education
  • Secondary education
  • Undergraduate education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Female young adults
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Male young adults
  • Students
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $42,442,166 (market value)

Gifts received: $75,655

Expenditures: $2,629,355

Total giving: $914,004

Qualifying distributions: $2,114,675

Giving activities include:

$914,004 for 27 grants (high: $508,464; low: $500)