Inspiring Leaders to Inspire Youth


We are City Scholars® Foundation.

We believe all children should have access to a quality education regardless of their zip code or family income.

That’s why, we empower leaders of education nonprofits to build and sustain more effective organizations that together help thousands of low-income youth achieve against the odds in school, at work and in life.

Raise Your Hand for Education

Why our Work Matters

As demand increases and resources shrink, education nonprofit CEOs working tirelessly on the frontlines need more than creative curriculum and a heart for helping low-income youth to keep the lights on and the doors open.

To lead well with limited resources, nonprofit CEOs need, but seldom can afford, the practical, comprehensive, ongoing and proven effective


our City Scholars® Fellowship for Education provides tuition-free for collaborative, mission-driven leaders who are distinguished as City Scholars® Foundation Fellows. 


The City Scholars® Fellowship teaches what defines an effective nonprofit and gives leaders concrete strategies to implement that really “move the needle.” Since 2014, when I was invited to join the Fellowship, we’ve increased our annual revenues from $350,000 to over $1.1 million and now educate 2,200 more youth each year.

Bill Thompson, Executive Director
Young Storytellers
City Scholars® Foundation Fellow
4,000 youth served/year (94% low-income)
Los Angeles, Culver City and Hollywood

September 2017 Roundtable - Scoot Mosher
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Our STRATEGY works.

Within two years of joining the City Scholars® Fellowship for Education, more than 80% of our Foundation Fellows report increased revenues and reach, more engaged boards and staff and/or greater financial sustainability for the nonprofits they lead.

Covid-19 pushed many nonprofits to the brink. When leadership mattered most, we helped our Foundation Fellows navigate through financial triage, program pivots, scenario planning and collectively securing more than $3.1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan funding ensuring that all 16 of the nonprofits they led in 2020 stood strong and served well.

Make our IMPACT possible.

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

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