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Achievement First, Inc.

Overview

Date Founded
2003
Headquarters
403 James Street, New Haven, Ct 06513
Employees (Worldwide)
275
Company Description
n 1998, a group of New Haven founders came together with a clear goal in mind: to prove that urban students can achieve at the same high levels as their affluent suburban counterparts. Confronted by the popular attitude that demographics were destiny, we decided that the best way to address the problem was to change the system. We set out to create a public charter school—Amistad Academy—that would enable its students to achieve at high levels. Over the last 10 years, Amistad Academy has produced Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results that have shattered the notion that "those kids can't learn." For the past seven years, Amistad Academy students—100 percent of whom are selected by blind lottery, 78 percent of whom receive free and reduced lunch and 98 percent of whom are African American or Hispanic—have beat state averages in reading and math, demonstrating that they can achieve on par with their wealthiest peers statewide. In June 2003, we created a separate 501(c)3 non-profit, Achievement First, with the goal of using Amistad Academy's knowledge and best practices to have a greater impact. We opened the second school, Elm City College Preparatory, in 2004 and expanded the model to include elementary grades. In fall 2005, under the leadership of New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Achievement First expanded into Brooklyn. One of Klein's core reform strategies was to locate high-performing public charter schools in New York's lowest-performing districts. Achievement First opened two new schools in central Brooklyn—Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School and Achievement First East New York Charter School. The Brooklyn network continued to grow in 2006 with the opening of Achievement First Bushwick Charter School and Achievement First Endeavor Charter School, followed in 2008 by Achievement First Brownsville. Thanks to changes in Connecticut charter law, we were also able to open Amistad Academy High School and Amistad Academy Elementary School, paving the way for Connecticut's first K to 12 public charter school. Achievement First's Connecticut network was able to expand into Bridgeport with a new middle school in 2007 and, in 2008, into Hartford with new elementary and middle schools. Achievement First has grown into a network that includes 22 schools in four cities. In 1999, Amistad Academy opened with 84 fifth and sixth graders. Now, in the 2012-13 school year, Achievement First is serving 7,000 students in grades K to 12.
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Co-Founder at Carl Marks Management Co. LLC

Founder at The Specialized Packaging Group, Inc.

Education Secretary at Massachusetts Office of the Governor, Charles Baker

President & Chief Executive Officer at Smith & Associates LLC

Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer at New Profit, Inc.

General Partner at TCMI, Inc.
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   BROOKLYN, NY
ACHIEVEMENT FIRST CROWN HEIGHTS CHARTER SCHOOL WAS INCORPORATED TO FOCUS ON AND TO STRENGTHEN THE ACADEMIC AND CHARACTER SKILLS NEEDED FOR ALL STUDENTS TO EXCEL IN TOP-TIER COLLEGES, TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD, AND TO SERVE AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE SCHOOL SERVES STUDENTS FROM LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. THE SCHOOL OPERATED CLASSES FROM KINDERGARTEN TO THE TWELFTH GRADE.
   NEW HAVEN, CT
ACHIEVEMENT FIRST ENDEAVOR CHARTER SCHOOL WAS INCORPORATED TO FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING THE ACADEMIC AND CHARACTER SKILLS NEEDED FOR ALL STUDENTS TO EXCEL INTOP-TIER COLLEGES, TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD, AND TO SERVE AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE SCHOOL SERVES STUDENTS FROM LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. THE SCHOOL OPERATED CLASSES FROM KINDERGARTEN TO THE TWELFTH GRADE.
   BROOKLYN , NY
TO STRENGTHEN THE ACADEMIC AND CHARACTER SKILLS NEEDED FOR ALL STUDENTS TO EXCEL IN TOP-TIER COLLEGES, TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD, AND TO SERVE AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE SCHOOL SERVES STUDENTS FROM LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. THE SCHOOL OPERATED CLASSES FOR STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN TO THE TWELFTH GRADE.
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$849K
Andrew Carnegie envisioned Carnegie Corporation as a foundation that would “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, our work incorporates an affirmation of our historic role as an education foundation but also honors Andrew Carnegie's passion for international peace and the health of our democracy. While Mr. Carnegie’s primary aim was to benefit the people of the United States, he later determined to use a portion of the funds for members of the British overseas Commonwealth. Currently, this area of our grantmaking focuses on selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Real and permanent good in this world Mr. Carnegie dedicated his foundation to the goal of doing “real and permanent good in this world” and deemed that its efforts should create “ladders on which the aspiring can rise.” In our current-day grantmaking we continue to carry out this mission through programs and initiatives that address today’s problems by drawing on the best ideas and cutting-edge strategies that draw strength from deep knowledge and scholarship. History guides us and the present informs us, but our work looks always toward the future. In perpetuity Mr. Carnegie served as the Corporation’s first president. His intention, clearly spelled out in his Deed of Gift, was for the foundation to carry out its philanthropic work in perpetuity, so that “even after I pass away the [wealth] that came to me to administer as a sacred trust for the good of my fellow men is to continue to benefit humanity for generations untold…” Responding to changing needs At the time of its creation, Andrew Carnegie’s vision for the work of the Corporation was unique in that he understood that as the decades passed, the issues of his day would be incorporated into or supplanted by concerns that more immediately affected future generations. Planning for that certainty, he wrote, “Conditions upon the [earth] inevitably change; hence, no wise man will bind Trustees forever to certain paths, causes or institutions.” Therefore, he gave his trustees “…full authority to change policies or causes hitherto aided, from time to time, when this, in their opinion, has become necessary or desirable. They shall best conform to my wishes by using their own judgment.” Scientific philanthropy Through nearly one hundred years of grantmaking, the Corporation has applied what Andrew Carnegie called the principles of “scientific philanthropy” to changing times while always working in harmony with the historical mission and legacy of the foundation. Our unremitting efforts remain focused on the two issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace and the advancement of education and knowledge.
$500K
The Robertson Foundation is a private foundation established in 1996 by Tiger Management founder Julian H. Robertson, Jr., his wife Josie, and their family. The foundation takes a targeted, businesslike, results-oriented approach to philanthropy. The foundation makes large, transformative grants. Its objective is to leverage these grants by partnering with proven grantees and aligned funders. It seeks measurable outcomes in either the intermediate or longer term. The Robertson Foundation currently targets high impact grants in three principal areas within the United States: 1) education 2) environment and 3) medical research. As opportunities emerge, the foundation has provided grants in other areas of interest. The search for solutions to important public policy problems promises to take the Robertson Foundation in directions not yet identified.
$200K
The Lone Pine Foundation, Inc. is a private foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut funded by the employees of Lone Pine Capital LLC. All Lone Pine Capital full-time employees are equal voting members of the Foundation’s Advisory Board and all administrative expenses are covered by Lone Pine Capital. The Lone Pine Foundation supports programs that serve low-income children and families in the areas of education and youth development. The programs must demonstrate their impact in education in the geographic areas where the majority of the Foundation's Advisory Board members live, which are Fairfield County, CT, New York City, NY, Westchester County, NY, London, UK, and Hong Kong, China.
$1M
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is committed to exploring international contemporary culture and ideas through art. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the museum features a striking façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, signaling the museum and the university’s dynamic vision. More than 70 percent of the 46,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to exhibition space. The museum is named for Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of Michigan State University, who provided the lead gift for the museum.
$500K
Tiger Foundation was established in 1989 by Julian H. Robertson, Jr., Chairman of Tiger Management, LLC, a hedge fund based in New York City. Though Tiger Management closed its funds in 2000, Tiger Foundation lives on through the active engagement of former Tiger employees and colleagues who have remained committed to the cause, and through the participation of current members of the Tiger Management community. Who We Are Since inception, Tiger Foundation has pursued its mission of striving to break the cycle of poverty in New York City. Our approach leverages the analytical skills of our board members while equiping them with the experiences and knowledge needed to become active and engaged philanthropists. Tiger Foundation is dedicated to investing in nonprofit organizations in the five boroughs of New York City that maximize the social return on every contributed dollar. The foundation's obligation to its own donors is to ensure that the money it allocates is working to achieve measurable progress in the effort to break the cycle of poverty for low-income New Yorkers and their families. This is done in two ways: First, Tiger Foundation identifies those organizations that can demonstrate their effectiveness in helping individuals and families achieve progress on the path towards self-sufficiency. Through investments in our four portfolios: Education, Employment, Youth and Families, and Criminal Justice, the foundation works to strengthen those organizations that attack the root causes of poverty—not just its symptoms. We employ a rigorous due diligence process and we follow the ongoing performance of the foundation's commitments with a great degree of care—increasing funding when it makes sense, and discontinuing our investments when they aren't producing strong outcomes. Second, the foundation's trustees are actively and directly involved in the grantmaking process. They commit their time, financial resources, passion, and brainpower to help successful service providers improve their outcomes, build healthier organizations, and—ultimately—expand their work to help more New Yorkers achieve and maintain independent lives. Tiger grantees continually prove that when provided the right opportunities, people have the power, the ability, and the assets needed to achieve their goals. In the years ahead, Tiger Foundation will continue investing in programs providing such opportunities and working to produce measurable results in the fight against poverty
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