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.


Together, we help thousands of low-income youth, particularly those of color, have a better chance to learn and achieve against the odds by strengthening the leadership and accelerating the impact of critical education nonprofits.

Raise Your Hand for Education

Our Work Matters

Children and youth in high-poverty, under-resourced neighborhoods count on quality education nonprofits to help them succeed both in and out of the classroom. As demand increases, these vital community organizations depend for their survival and success upon resourceful and resilient leaders who themselves need more than heart to keep the lights on and the doors open.

We partner with equity-minded corporations, foundations and individuals to sponsor our City Scholars® Fellowship for Education which provides


to empower a growing and diverse community of mission-driven education nonprofit CEOs who are distinguished as City Scholars® Foundation Fellows.


The City Scholars® Fellowship for Education teaches what defines an effective nonprofit, gives leaders concrete strategies to implement and holds us accountable to take action. Since 2014, when I was first selected as a Foundation Fellow, we’ve increased our annual revenues from $350,000 to over $1.5 million and now educate 2,000 more youth each year.

Bill Thompson, Executive Director
Young Storytellers
City Scholars® Foundation Fellow
Literacy & the Arts for 3,000 youth/year (94% low-income)
Los Angeles, Culver City and Hollywood

September 2017 Roundtable - Scoot Mosher
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Our STRATEGY works.

Our City Scholars® Fellowship for Education unites and empowers business, education and social impact leaders to strengthen and accelerate the impact of 22 critical education nonprofits that together each year help over 50,000 low-income youth in under-resourced neighborhoods throughout Southern California succeed both in and out of the classroom.

Within 2 - 3 years with our Fellowship for Education, more than 80% of Foundation Fellows report increased revenues and reach, more engaged boards and staff and/or greater financial sustainability for the education nonprofits they lead.

Help us GIVE over 50,000 low-income youth the fair chance to learn they deserve.

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

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