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.

Download our strategic framework for Educational Success

    Podium Foundation

    Recent Grants

    Fall 2017

    Blue Sky Fund 
    $50,000 to support experiential academic enrichment with a special focus on environmental science for Richmond Public School students.

    $40,000 to support establishment of the Region 1 Computer Science Hub. 

    Communities In Schools of Chesterfield
    $25,000 to support programming at six CCPS schools.

    Communities In Schools of Petersburg 
    $25,000 to support site coordination and program support in two schools.

    $25,000 to support improved vision services to Richmond students and to measure the educational impact for students needing and receiving vision correction.

    Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation (Smart Beginnings) 
    $300,000 over 3 years to support implementation of the School Readiness Plan 2017-2020.

    Partnership for Families
    $50,000 to support the Data Collaborative Initiative. 

    Peter Paul Development Center 
    $75,000 to support the satellite program at Fairfield Court Elementary School. 

    Science Museum of Virginia Foundation
    $50,000 to support a pilot program designed to foster interest in STEM career pathways.

    Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth (STORY)             
    $25,000 to support math, literacy and leadership programming in the Thomas Rolfe Court public housing community.

    United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg                                    
    $50,000 to support strategic plan implementation for Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention, in partnership with youth service providers in the region.

    Virginia Early Childhood Foundation                                                                               
    $50,000 to support the implementation of Richmond Area Services Alliance (RASA) to improve the capacity to provide stable, affordable, quality early education in high-risk Richmond communities.

    Virginia Literacy Foundation                                                                              
    $40,000 to support kindergarten classrooms at Oak Grove and Westover Hills Elementary Schools. 

    YMCA of Greater Richmond
    $40,000 to support YMCA year-round expanded learning programs in Richmond at Woodville and Oak Grove Elementary Schools and in Petersburg at Walnut Hill Elementary School.

    Spring 2017

    Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy
    $30,000 to support the Third Pilot Year of the Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
    $50,000 to support ongoing core programs to over 400 youth daily at four Clubs in the City of Richmond.

    $50,000 to support quality early child care and education.

    Communities In Schools of Richmond, Inc.
    $100,000 to support coordination services for students in Richmond Public Schools.

    Friends Association for Children
    $30,000 to provide operating support for childcare and youth development programs.

    Higher Achievement Program, Inc.
    $50,000 to support the growth of programming focused on expanded learning, caring role models, and high expectations for low-income 5th-8th grade children.

    Partnership for the Future
    $50,000 to support programming for low-income, college bound students as well as to support a strategic plan to evaluate program expansion.

    The Literacy Lab
    $30,000 to support 36 full-time tutors.

    The Podium Foundation
    $15,000 to support middle and high school academic-year writing programs.

    VCU Foundation
    $54,000 to support the Richmond Teacher Residency.

    Virginia Mentoring Partnership
    $25,000 to provide general operating support.

    YWCA of Richmond
    $50,000 to support the Sprout School.

    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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