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Welcoming Our Newest Grantees and Investees

An Announcement from Lynn Alvarez, Vice President, Programs and Strategy

March 27, 2023

As part of our commitment to improving higher education for career success among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation, ECMC Foundation is proud to announce a new series of grants made from February 3, 2023, to March 22, 2023. This round of recently approved grants aims to improve postsecondary completion, accelerate student success and advance critical education-to-career pathways. The total funding is $2,631,570.

A selection of grants and investments made are detailed below. For a full list of the Foundation’s active and inactive grants, please visit ECMC Foundation’s website at

Better Future Forward, Inc. ($500,000) to continue to grow the work to over 300 students across Minnesota and Wisconsin and demonstrate the potential income share agreements can have in building an equitable student financing system.

Interfaith Community Services ($281,544) to increase the data capacity needed for sustainable growth and scale of services and programming that lead to upward mobility for single mothers and their children.

California State University Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation ($585,035) to increase two-year transfer rates, six-year graduation rates, and create greater alignment between intersegmental partners to support males of color.

The University of Texas at Austin ($514,991) to inform and guide campus leaders on how to accelerate change by investigating how institutional programs, policies, faculty and professional staff shape the educational experiences of Latino males in light of the pandemic.

Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. ($750,000) to assist Alabama with engaging 300,000 adult learners toward degree completion and up to five additional states in promoting evidence-based strategies for using data and public funding as levers to advance improved and equitable outcomes for adults with some college, no degree.

*Better Future Forward received both a grant and a program-related investment from ECMC Foundation.


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