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Funding Guidelines

Tiger Foundation currently gives funding consideration to programs in New York City in four main areas: Education, Employment, Youth and Families, and Criminal Justice. In addition to the guidelines below, please make sure to read the “What We Look For” section of this website, which outlines several Tiger Foundation evaluation criteria that are applied to our consideration of requests in all program areas.

Funding Guidelines - Education

For decades, the New York City public school system has struggled to provide low-income students with educational opportunities sufficient to prepare them for success in college and beyond. Those born into poor families, and into communities lacking resources and educational options, are often left behind. With high school graduation rates hovering around 70% (lower for boys and students of color) Tiger Foundation is committed to improving the public school system and to providing high-quality K-12 education options and opportunities to students and families. We seek to do this in the following ways:

  • Support whole-school models that provide a high-quality education and ultimately serve as examples of effective schools and strategies that can be adopted by the New York City school system.
  • Invest in school-support models that add to the capacity of the public education system and its schools in order to help all NYC students achieve success.
  • Fund organizations that develop students’ college and career aspirations and provide comprehensive supports that enable them to access and persist through college.

Across the portfolio, programs must document concrete outcomes. We consider the following areas when assessing program success:

  • Student performance metrics: improved academic performance as measured by formal and informal assessments, including, but not limited to, NYS English Language Arts and Math exams and NYS Regents Tests.
  • School-wide performance metrics such as attendance rates, effective curriculum and effective teacher performance management systems, parent engagement, on-time grade promotion, student and staff/teacher retention, and demonstrated commitment to working with other schools/reform agents