Building Brighter Futures TOGETHER

Building Brighter Futures TOGETHER

We are City Scholars® Foundation.

We believe every child deserves a quality education regardless of their zip code or family income.

Our passion for equity in education drives everything we do.


We help education nonprofits thrive to give thousands of low-income youth, particularly those of color, a better chance to learn and achieve against the odds.

Raise Your Hand for Education

Our Work Matters

In high-poverty, under-resourced neighborhoods, quality education nonprofits help young people succeed both in and out of the classroom.

To survive and thrive, education nonprofits depend upon resourceful and resilient leaders who need more than heart to keep the lights on and the doors open.

Partnering with leaders who share time, talent and treasure, we sponsor the City Scholars® Fellowship for Education, a high-impact, tuition-free leadership institute that provides ongoing, transformative

Executive Education, Leadership Coaching, Networking, Resource-Sharing + Accountability

to help highly-motivated nonprofit CEOs, who are distinguished as City Scholars® Foundation Fellows, grow critical education nonprofits from survival to success to significance serving thousands of low-income youth.

Executive Education

The City Scholars® Fellowship for Education has transformed my leadership and the education nonprofit I lead. Since 2014, when I was first selected as a Foundation Fellow, we’ve increased our annual revenues from $350,000 to over $1.7 million and now educate 2,500 more youth each year.

Bill Thompson, Executive Director
Young Storytellers
City Scholars® Foundation Fellow (Since 2014)
Literacy & the Arts for 4,000 youth/year (94% low-income)
Los Angeles, Culver City and Hollywood

Our STRATEGY works.

Because leadership matters.

Within 3 years with our Fellowship for Education, more than 80% of Foundation Fellows report increased revenues and reach, more engaged boards and staff, greater financial sustainability and/or more impactful programs for the education nonprofits they lead.

By investing in and partnering with our Foundation Fellows, as nonprofit CEOs, we’re helping 21 critical education nonprofits thrive and over 50,000 low-income, high-potential youth each year throughout Southern California and beyond achieve against the odds.

Help us GIVE thousands more low-income youth the chance to learn they deserve.

100% of online donations directly fuel the exponential impact of our City Scholars® Fellowship for Education.