What We Fund

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We fund organizations working across the full spectrum of educational experiences during and after high school. Our grantees work to ensure that people have enduring pathways to success at any stage in their educational and career trajectory, and through any entry point. 

We focus our investments on practices that have been proven to remove barriers to success: guidance; resources to make education and training affordable, and connections between education and work through work-based learning and career-relevant curriculum.

We make grants across the following  four program areas:

Universities and Colleges

Universities and colleges continue to be powerful engines for economic mobility and centers of innovation in teaching, learning, research, and civic engagement. We focus on identifying, testing, and expanding bachelor’s degree programs and models that deliver success beyond completion. Most of our current funding in this area is through the Beyond Completion Challenge.


We support workforce-readiness solutions, non-degree credential programs, and other offerings to provide tangible, timely, and cost-effective pathways to good careers — and progress toward future credentials and degrees when sought. We seek to support public-private partnerships to expand access to successful, quality credential programs, combine credentials toward a degree, and ensure that students who complete credential programs are connected to good jobs.

Community Colleges

Community colleges provide affordable and open access to higher education, serve high percentages of first-generation students and people of color, and offer a wide spectrum of certificates and degrees. We support partnerships between colleges and employers that build pathways between credit and noncredit programs and advance meaningful work-based learning. We also support programs that help students combine various programs and certificates toward a degree, as well as efforts to increase four-year degree programs at community colleges in areas of particular demand.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCUs have a proven record of removing barriers to degree completion and postgraduate success and have the potential to produce more high-earning graduates, to develop more entrepreneurs, and to decrease student debt. We support HBCUs through the Strada Scholars program, which helps students build rewarding careers and prepare for a wide range of leadership roles. Most of our current funding in this area is through the $25 million HBCU Strada Scholars initiative, the largest single commitment in Strada’s history.

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