Funders and Partners

The NYC Leadership Academy is grateful to the private foundations and government agencies that financially support our vision to improve outcomes nationwide, particularly for the most vulnerable students, through high-quality school leadership. As a result of their generous contributions, our work impacts the achievement of nearly 1.2 million students annually.

American Express 

The American Express Principals Path to Leadership program – in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals – is supporting the expansion of NYCLA’s Aspiring Principals Program to serve multiple districts in and around the New York tristate area. The $600,000 grant from American Express allows NYCLA to provide rigorous preparation and support for 50 assistant principals and other aspiring leaders and 50 mentors in school districts that need to grow leadership talent.


Booth Ferris Foundation

Funding from the Booth Ferris Foundation supports the expansion of our New York City Alumni Association. This comprehensive initiative is galvanizing alumni of NYCLA’s nationally-recognized New York City Aspiring Principals Program with past and present New York City Coaching Program participants to be change agents around the topic of educational equity, with a particular focus on the city’s Black and Latino male students.


Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York regularly funds programs that do “real and permanent good in this world” and is currently supporting NYCLA in its mission to provide more students with visionary school leaders. Thanks to a two-year, $2 million grant from Carnegie Corporation, this grant is funding NYCLA’s strategic expansion that is focused on supporting more school districts, state departments of education, universities, and nonprofits throughout the country in building their leadership capacity, and increasing our contributions to the field of educational leadership.


New York Community Trust

Financial support from the New York Community Trust provides funds to support our Teaming Model initiative. Support from The New York Community Trust, one of New York City’s most central and respected funders of education, is a tremendous vote of confidence in the vital role that school leadership plays in the success of local youth.


RGK Foundation

The RGK Foundation has provided $25,000 in funding to support the development and implementation of NYCLA’s online and blended learning programs and service offerings. With the launch of our virtual learning platform, NYCLA will help its clients build greater leadership capacity by using the full range of professional learning tools and make its educational leadership programming more widely available, effective, and efficient.


United States Department of Education

An Investing in Innovation (i3) grant totaling $3 million from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) was the impetus for the launch of NYCLA’s Teaming Model, which launched in New York City in 2014. This grant has allowed NYCLA to prepare and support teams of highly qualified and trained school leaders for success in some of New York City’s most challenging schools. These school leadership teams will directly impact approximately 30,000 NYC students each year. Support from this grant is also being used to engage the RAND Corporation to perform an extensive study of the Teaming Model. The results of this independent analysis will allow us to continuously improve our programs as we disseminate them beyond New York City, ensuring that we are maximizing school leaders’ impact on the students they serve.


The Wallace Foundation

NYCLA is grateful for ongoing support from and partnership with The Wallace Foundation, which has a long-standing strategic focus on improving school leadership practice. Wallace provided the seed funding that helped NYCLA launch its national consulting work in 2008 and continues to support NYCLA growth and expansion. 

Most recently, the Wallace Foundation has awarded NYCLA two grants to support the professional learning community components of its Principal Pipeline and Principal Supervisor initiatives. Working collaboratively with the Foundation, NYCLA is developing robust learning communities that offer ongoing opportunities for grant recipients to exchange ideas and strategies, share and address common challenges and engage program evaluators and other experts through regular in-person and online convenings.

In addition, the Wallace Foundation provided crucial matching funds to support our Teaming Model program.


The William Penn Foundation

NYCLA was recently awarded a two-year, $1.12M grant from the William Penn Foundation for design and implementation of a new principal development and support program for the School District of Philadelphia. The program includes a summer induction week, ongoing professional learning and coaching, and facilitated team retreats and school learning walks as well as program evaluation support.


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