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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Student Services

Mission: The Children's Scholarship Fund aims to maximize educational opportunity for all children: for those in need by offering tuition assistance in grades K-8 for alternatives to faltering conventional schools, and for all children by supporting and cultivating education reform and parental choice efforts.

Results: Since our inception in 1998, CSF has provided scholarships worth $741 million, changing the lives of more than 166,000 low-income children.

Target demographics: Low-income families with children in grades K-8.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016-17, CSF and CSF partner programs served almost 24,000 children who used scholarships to attend the private schools their families chose for them.

Geographic areas served: 26 cities and states

Programs: We provide partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools in grades K-8. We focus on the earlier grades to ensure a solid educational foundation. Since our inception, 166,000 children have benefited from our scholarships across the United States as part of our mission to expand choice in education. Currently more than 25,700 children are using CSF scholarships (2017-18 school year). These children are attending the school of their families' choice through the generosity of our donors, the efforts of our partner programs across the country and the sacrifices made by the families themselves, who pay - on average - 50% of their children's tuition.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Children's Scholarship Fund has a simple mission: empowering low-income parents to have meaningful choices in their children's education through partial scholarship awards. The key to the program is that every family pays some of their children's tuition themselves, so students and parents are highly motivated to get the most out of their opportunities. The scholarships are truly a "hand up," rather than a "handout." I am director of the Portland, Oregon partner program, CSF-Portland. We are proud of the achievements of our graduates. Our students are grateful to our benefactors and are working hard to reach their dreams. The New York Children's Scholarship Fund has a long track record of success and is a very cost-effective charity. Not only are the directors and staff passionate, but they are highly effective. I am delighted to be a donor as well as a partner.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF) does a great job providing educational choices for children all over the United States. The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is a grateful partner of CSF and thanks to their match and support NOSF was able to award 640 scholarships this year for students in northwest Ohio. Thanks for bringing hope to the children of this country with chance to go to their school of choice!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CSF has changed the lives and futures of countless children by helping them attend schools where they can succed academically, providing low-income children with the opportunity for the bright future they all deserve. The fact that CSF was initially organized and funded to provide scholarships for only 4 years, yet it has funded more than 25,000 scholarships a year for the past 13 years, is a testament to CSF's caring leadership and efficient management, who are among the most savvy, professional, concientious, and hard-working I have encountered in more than 20 years in the not-for-profit industy. They continue to work tirelessly,along with a generous and deeply committed board, to keep kids in schools where they succeed.