Educational Success

Educational attainment is a key predictor for future success. We invest in strategies proven to have the most influence on students' long-term educational advancement and career preparation. This includes early childhood education and school readiness, supportive school environments and positive teacher interactions, and positive behavioral developments.

For students who do not pursue a traditional path to college, we recognize a need for innovative workforce programs that cultivate job and life skills and provide young people access to career opportunities.

TCF further enhances this body of work with support for out-of-school time enrichment initiatives, a robust scholarship program and professional development awards for educational leaders.

Our Goals:

  • Children enter school ready to learn and receive effective academic and social support throughout their educational experience.
  • Youth are nurtured to become skilled, self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.

Podium Foundation

Recent Grants

Summer 2016

Communities in Schools of Chesterfield
$25,000 to establish a comprehensive development program that increases the capacity of the CIS of Chesterfield Board of Directors to sustain and expand CIS programming.

First Tee Richmond & Chesterfield
$25,000 to provide capacity building support in the area of marketing and fund development.

Northstar Academy
$50,000 to support the Career Academy for students with disabilities, focused on obtaining employment.

Peter Paul Development Center
$75,000 to support 250 students in quality after school and summer programming designed to support academic growth and connect students to quality enrichment experiences.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
$50,000 to support the Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), which provides training and assessment for youth service providers in the Richmond region.

The Valentine
$22,000 to provide experiential programs to students in Richmond's underserved schools. 

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
$25,000 to conduct a feasibility study and explore next steps for implementing a Shared Services Alliance that will centralize key functions of early care providers to save costs, strengthen management capacity, improve early learning, and ensure more sustainable, high quality programs. 

Virginia Repertory Theatre
$50,000 to support of FIELD, Family Involvement in Early Literacy Development, over the 16-17 year, which helps families of young children create language-rich environments. 

Winter 2016 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services
$40,000 to support community-based mentoring.

Blue Sky Fund

$50,000 to support the Explorers Program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond

$50,000 to support Out-of-School Time Programs in the City of Richmond.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond Pauley
$1,000,000 over three years to support the building of two college and career centers, one at the Northside Club and a freestanding teen center in the East End.


$35,000 to provide computer science training and curriculum support to elementary and middle school teachers.

Communities In Schools of Petersburg

$25,000 to support the expansion into one additional Petersburg public school.

Communities In Schools of Richmond

$100,000 to support the Educational Pipeline of Success for students in Richmond Public Schools.

Excel to Excellence

$15,000 to support TEAM EXCEL, a team-based mentoring program for students in the East End of Henrico County.

Excel to Excellence Ujima
$20,000 to expand its academic enrichment program from two to four schools, reaching an additional 60 students.


$30,000 to support in-school financial aid advisors in Central Virginia high schools.

Higher Achievement Program

$50,000 to provide year-round rigorous academic enrichment programs for middle school youth.

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia

$35,000 to support the JA Finance Park.

Montpelier Foundation Pauley
$35,000 to support teachers' participation in professional development seminars at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution.

Neighborhood Resource Center Pauley
$100,000 to support facility redesign and remodeling.

The New Community School Pauley
$100,000 to support the capital campaign.

Partnership for Families Foundation

$50,000 to provide operating support and funds for a data collaborative project.

Partnership for the Future
$40,000 to support programming for low-income, college bound students.

*Funding for this grant was made possible through a partnership with Private Advisors LLC.

Peter Paul Development Center Impact 100
$100,000 to help complete the Center's 5,000 square foot capital expansion campaign, nearly doubling the number of children served through the onsite academic program.

The Podium Foundation

$15,000 to support middle and high school writing programs.

Richmond Cycling Corps Ujima
$20,000 to provide employment opportunities for youth who participate in this unique program that uses the bicycle as a tool to help youth in public housing break free from systemic poverty.

St. Andrew's School Pauley
To support the expansion of the after school extended day program.

Sweet Briar College
To support Next is Now, which will help stabilize the College and provide a necessary financial bridge while enrollment is rebuilt.

$55,000 to provide STEM-based leadership enrichment programs with appropriate equipment, resources and support.

Virginia Literacy Foundation

$25,000 to support ExCELL, which provides early childhood educators and parents with the tools they need to prepare children for formal reading instruction.

YMCA of Greater Richmond
$25,000 to promote healthy living and academic achievement through out-of-school time enrichment programs at Woodville and Oak Grove Elementary Schools.

YWCA of Richmond
$50,000 to expand early childhood education in Richmond, including a new preschool initiative at the Children’s Museum of Richmond.


See Our Impact

Middle school is a critical turning point in the lives of young people, with the hours after school posing the most risk. Learn how NextUp RVA offers a coordinated system of academic and social support to help students build positive life skills.

Creating Lasting Impact

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