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The C.S. Mott Foundation believes that high quality education can be a pathway out of poverty. Thus, the Foundation has committed over $100 million to increase the quality and quantity of school-based/school-linked afterschool programs and school-community partnerships. These initiatives promote systems of sustainable, community-driven expanded learning opportunities that support developmentally appropriate children and youth outcomes, especially for underserved children and their families. The Foundation's giving supports research and evaluation, identification and dissemination of promising practices, professional development for practitioners, policy development and public awareness and advocacy.
The Noyce Foundation aims to help young people become curious, thoughtful and engaged learners.  The Noyce Foundation focuses on a few key areas: improving the teaching of math, science and literacy in public schools, developing leadership to support student achievement, education policy and research, and finally, on expanding opportunities for students to experience hands-on science in out-of-school settings.
MetLife Foundation supports programs that increase opportunities for young people to succeed, give students and teachers a voice in improving education, create connections between schools and communities and develop leadership. The Foundation works with national nonprofit organizations to develop a variety of programs, many of which address issues raised each year in The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. For more information about MetLife Foundation, please visit
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.
  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the nation’s space agency.  In addition to its R&D work, NASA has a deep commitment to furthering excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.  NASA’s education programs play a significant role in inspiring students and supporting educators to prepare and nurture the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.  For more information, please visit
The William T. Grant Foundation supports high-quality research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. These settings include classrooms, schools, after-school programs, neighborhoods, families, and peer groups. The Foundation is focused on enhances the understanding of how these settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved. The Foundation is also interested in when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.
The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. Its three current objectives are: strengthening educational leadership to improve student achievement; enhancing out-of-school time learning opportunities; and building appreciation and demand for the arts. More information and research on these and other related topics can be found at
With one out of every four students in America unsupervised after school, jcpenney is committed to the afterschool issue as its signature cause. jcpenney is proud to support leading youth organizations such as The Y, Boys & Girls Club, 4-H and FIRST Robotics that inspire kids to spread their wings by providing a positive environment for learning and social development. Over the past decade, more than $100 million has been donated to afterschool programs across every jcpenney community.
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation was created in 1957 by Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., a dedicated philanthropist and successful business leader. The Foundation currently has a nine-person Board of Directors that governs grantmaking. A committed staff develops and advances grantmaking objectives, works closely with grantee organizations, and builds relationships throughout California to advance the states economic prosperity. Annual grantmaking has increased over time, and the Foundation is committed to spending down the majority of its assets by 2016, with targeted investments in capacity building continuing through 2020.
For over 80 years, the bold red, gold and blue of Torani's flavored syrup labels have been visible in coffeehouses, restaurants and consumer kitchens. Each year, Torani and the Afterschool Alliance run an afterschool art contest where winning student artwork is featured on limited edition labels of two flavors of Torani syrup. The company demonstrates its support for the creative and caring environments afterschool programs offer by donating a percentage of sales of the limited edition labeled products to the Afterschool Alliance. For more information or recipe inspiration, visit or call 800-775-1925.
Time Warner Cable Inc. is about connecting people and businesses with information, entertainment and each other. They bring the latest innovations to ones home - from high-definition television to Enhanced TV features to high-speed data and Digital Phone services. They also believe in the power of community, which is shown through their signature education programs, countless hours of volunteerism and by contributing cash and in-kind support to benefit the communities where they operate.
Bright House Networks is a cable company of more than 7,100 professionals, providing more than 2.1 million customers across the United States with cable television, digital phone, high-speed data, video-on-demand and digital video recording services. Bright House Networks is dedicated to actively supporting and participating in the community. Public affairs, social responsibility and community involvement continue as major initiatives for the company as an ongoing commitment to the families and communities Bright House Networks serves. This includes long-term commitments to education and to what matters in the lives of the Bright House Networks customers. Bright House Networks is a proud supporter of, and partner in, children's safety initiatives, enhanced education programs and community-wide efforts to invest in the futures of children.  Bright House Networks in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance created the doumentary After the School Bell Rings: An Afterschool Storybook, the second insallment in the After the School Bell Rings series.  The documentary features the personal stories of children and families in Alabama, California, Indiana, Michigan and Florida.
The Robert Bowne Foundation supports the development of quality programs that offer literacy education to children and youth of New York City, in the out-of-school hours, especially for those living in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Celebrating the fact that out-of-school-time education is emerging as a field in its own right, distinct from K-12 education, the Robert Bowne Foundation provides research grants and fellowships to out-of-school-time education providers and scholars. The Robert Bowne Foundation believes that all young people are entitled to quality programs that support their development -- intellectual, artistic, physical, emotional, and spiritual -- to its fullest potential. Through the foundation's research and advocacy efforts, it joins the growing out-of-school-time community in helping to make that dream a reality.
   The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $7.0 billion (FY 2012), NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In addition to funding scientific research, an essential element in NSF's mission is support for science and engineering education, from pre-K through graduate school and beyond. The research they fund is thoroughly integrated with education to help ensure that there will always be plenty of skilled people available to work in new and emerging scientific, engineering and technological fields, and plenty of capable teachers to educate the next generation.
The Lumina Foundation for Education is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college — especially low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Our goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport's growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the U.S. Open. The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 700,000 individual members and 7,000 organizational members, thousands of volunteers, and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility. They are a catalyst for community solutions and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give. At a time of social need, CNCS and the network it supports engages more than 5 million Americans in results-driven service each year via 70,000 community and faith-based organizations.

The ConAgra Foods Foundation, through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform, is dedicated to raising awareness of the 16 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and don't have enough food to live active, healthful lives. It aggressively pursues sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. And the Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and succeeding in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high-impact, not-for-profit organizations, such as Feeding America, that take an innovative approach to addressing needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. For more information, please The ConAgra Foods Foundation is funded solely by ConAgra Foods.