We build strong connections with our partners. Each grantee is selected based on
Access to opportunities for those they serve,
The quality of their programs,
Their ability to track their impact, and
Their alignment with the Foundation’s mission.
In 2020, Francine LeFrak and Barnard’s President, Sian Beilock, focused on the impact of financial well-being on a woman’s overall health. The Francine A. LeFrak Center for Well-Being was established to serve as a centralized hub for all wellness-related initiatives, including programs and workshops. The Center represents the intersection for three pillars of wellness providing a 360-degree perspective of personal well-being: financial, physical, and mental.
Women have been left out of technology, the fastest growing industry offering sustainable wages and growth opportunities. Partnering with Per Scholas, the Foundation established the Women in Tech Scholars Program. We provide funding for more than 200 women to enroll annually to attend the Per Scholas competitive technology training site in the Bronx and satellite sites in the other four boroughs.
The Grace Institute empowers low-income women in New York City to become employed and economically secure. Through job skills training, soft skills workshops, counseling, placement services and continued education opportunities, more than 250 women each year see a collective economic impact of more than $3.5 million.
At the start of the pandemic, hundreds of FIT students suddenly faced financial challenges severe enough to jeopardize their ability to pay for tuition. The Foundation provides grants that enable students to continue and complete their education.
900 low-income New Yorkers travel to Brooklyn each year to take training that leads to careers with long-term potential, growth and advancement.
The "tools of the trade" micro-grant funds are used to remove barriers and provide access to materials and equipment that BWI graduates require to pursue their careers.
Bridge2Rwanda was formed in 2007 to create opportunities for Rwandan students to study in the United States.
The LeFrak-Friedberg Scholars Program supports 32 students from East Africa as they begin their studies at renowned universities in the United States.
These Scholars are chosen based on their leadership, academic credentials, and passion to bring their newfound knowledge back to their country as change agents for the future.
Harvard Kennedy School improves public policy and public leadership across the United States and around the world so that people can lead safer, freer, and more prosperous lives. The Francine A. LeFrak Seminar Room for Gender Equity brings awareness to gender equity issues and provides a space for those studying these issues.