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Children's Scholarship Fund

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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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Hello everybody , My name is Angel Caicedo and my daughter’s-name is Ava Caicedo , which attends at Villa Maria Academy Bronx, New York. I am really fortunate of having children scholarship fund for my daughter because it aids in my financial situation. Additionally, my daughter could keep attendeing this wonderful school. Thank you so much!

Donor

Rating: 5

Driven parents empowering great kids. Seen many success stories first hand of young adults who took advantage of their scholarship and their parent's commitment to education.

Donor

Rating: 5

Transforms children and families with a modest investment, by helping families send their children to schools best for them. The families are invested as much as any donor.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hands-down one of the most important and worthwhile charities with which I have ever had the opportunity to be associated. The Children's Scholarship Fund ("CSF") exists to help our nation's most precious asset - our children - and the most deserving amongst them - inner city children in "broken" schools - by placing them in charter schools they would never be able to afford to break the cycle of poverty and lead "normal" lives. The work of this charity is truly life-changing; for most of these children, CSF represents the one chance they'll get to escape the multigeneration cycle of poverty afflicting their families and neighborhoods. If you ever get the opportunity to attend a CSF event and meet the wonderful children this charity exists to serve, you will come away changed.

Donor

Rating: 5

CSF is unique in that it pushes for real education reform while helping
actual children today. As a parent, I can't imagine having no choice but
to send my child to a failing inner-city school and I applaud CSF for
its efforts to give all parents, regardless of income, a choice on where
and how their children should be educated. Yes, reformers are trying to
improve our education system, but what about the children who are
currently trapped in terrible schools? By supporting CSF, I know that
I'm helping to move the needle on education reform while helping those
kids right now.

Donor

Rating: 5

In a time when there are so many underprivlaged children accross the U.S. CSF is there to help change the cycle and make a difference. I'm proud to be associated with them and I think their cause is awesome.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's amazing how many children and their families Children's Scholarship Fund helps. More than 25,000 scholarships are given out every year! While lots of groups are trying to figure out how to "fix" our educational system, CSF is directly helping kids to get a great education. Keep up the good work, CSF!

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a great organization that has a real impact on children's lives. They make a real impact and have received top ratings from organization's like Charity Navigator. And best of all your donations are matched. Truly a great way to help children get the education they deserve.