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Economic Crisis and Philanthropic Opportunities

It will come as no surprise that the recession is affecting the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and our grantees, as it is everyone. How long the economic crisis will last, whether it will worsen, and what will be the ultimate consequences for the Foundation’s strategy and the work of our grantees...

Preparing for Growth in Turbulent Times

These are challenging times for nonprofits and the vulnerable populations many of them serve. A Nonprofit Finance Fund survey of more than 1,100 nonprofit leaders found that almost a third of their organizations operated at a deficit in 2008. 

Making the Most of the Future

While economists debate whether the recession has ended or still lingers on, nearly everyone agrees that our recovery will be long and slow. For many nonprofits and the vulnerable populations they serve, the light at the end of tunnel is a long way off. 

An Unprecedented Opportunity

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation launches an open and competitive search and selection process to identify and advance 8-10 high-performing, youth-serving organizations in our new role as an intermediary for the Social Innovation Fund.


EMCF's Communications Advisory Committee provides expert independent advice about how best to articulate and promote the work of the Foundation and its grantees. Formed in 2010, this panel of nationally respected experts in communications, marketing, public relations and advertising...

Nancy Roob: Friend of the Children

Harlem Children’s Zone honors the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s President and CEO for her impact on philanthropy and America’s youth.

Saving a Generation of Young People

Nancy Roob, President of EMCF, discusses the impact large-scale investments in proven solutions can have on the lives of disadvantaged young people.

The Challenge We Face

Nancy Roob, President and CEO of EMCF, discusses the profound impact philanthropic partnerships can have on the lives of disadvantaged youth in the United States

Imagining What's Possible

Our grantees' achievements constantly renew our sense of what's possible, and have the potential to make an even greater impact if given the resources to grow to scale.


Propel Next helps nonprofits transform their passion for helping disadvantaged youth into data-driven insights and practices that enable them to deliver even more powerful results. In 2012 EMCF launched Propel Next to assist promising nonprofits in strengthening their capacity to use...

Youth Development Fund

The Youth Development Fund has been EMCF's core program since 2000, concentrating on helping high-performing youth-serving nonprofits achieve greater impact. The Youth Development Fund helps grantees build the infrastructure and evidence they need to expand and help economically...

PACE Center for Girls - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth PACE Center for Girls plans to double the number of girls it serves by 2022, when it projects serving 2,555 young women annually in its core day program and 2,450 girls in the Reach program. By 2022, PACE will open three new centers, including its first center outside...

Talent Development Secondary - Plans for Growth

Plans for Growth   In 2018, Talent Development Secondary will move its program operations out of John Hopkins University. During this transition, it will focus on serving its existing school partner sites. 

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Compared to past generations and other nations today, the U.S. is doing a poor job of educating its youth, especially those living in poverty, to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Taxpayers as well as the unemployed and low-paid workers bear the cost of this neglect, which imperils our economic...

Justice and Crime

America leads the world in incarcerating young people, and offers them so few opportunities upon release that they are more likely to offend again than to rebuild their lives. By the Numbers Click to see more information about this figure ...

Foster Care

Foster care is a last but essential resort to ensure a child's well-being. It takes its toll on kids, however, and leaves many who age out of the system unprepared for adulthood.  By the Numbers Click to see more information about this figure ...

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