We are profoundly grateful and appreciative of the support displayed by our many benefactors. Their gifts sustain and inspire our aspiring students and dedicated teachers. Meet some of our wonderful supporters and learn about their commitment to the Achievement First mission, students and schools.
William W. Ginsberg, president and CEO
"As the state with the largest achievement gap in the nation, Connecticut has historically failed to provide its urban students with the quality educational opportunities they need and deserve, and we are paying the price for this failure economically and socially. As a community foundation with more than 80 years of service in New Haven, we have always been dedicated to investing in programs with a proven track record of success. This is why we have proudly supported Achievement First since 2003. They are successfully closing the achievement gap for thousands of New Haven students and inspiring city- and state-wide public education reform." –William W. Ginsberg
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven was established in 1928 and is among the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States and is the largest grant maker in a region of twenty towns located in the heart of central Connecticut. The mission of the Foundation is to create positive and sustainable change in Connecticut's Greater New Haven region by increasing the amount of and enhancing the impact of community philanthropy. Through over 700 charitable funds established by individuals, families and non-profit and for-profit businesses, the Foundation distributes approximately $14 million annually in grants to non-profit organizations in Greater New Haven.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has generously supported Achievement First’s New Haven academies since 2003. Through grants for our New Haven grade level expansion, the Amistad Academy Alumni Program and the Amistad Academy Encore! extracurricular program, the Foundation has helped provide students with the opportunities and resources they need to climb the mountain to college.
Kim Healey, executive director
Maryann Ott, associate director
"As the regional, state, national and global markets become more competitive, great schools like Amistad Academy and Elm City College Preparatory help ensure that our urban students are prepared to compete with the top students from the state, nation and world." –Kim Healey
The NewAlliance Foundation, created by NewAlliance Bank in 2004, provides grants to non-profit organizations in communities served by the Bank in support of the arts, community development, health and human services, and youth and education. Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to enhance the economic vitality and to improve the quality of life for community residents.
NewAlliance Bank served as Amistad Academy's first philanthropic leader and supporter when the school opened in 1999 and has remained a generous supporter of Achievement First's New Haven academies over the last decade. The NewAlliance Bank and NewAlliance Foundation’s history of support has been critically important to our success in New Haven, helping to foster achievement gap-closing student performance gains and inspiring others to support urban public education reform in Connecticut.