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News and Opinion May 19, 2016

Turnaround Receives Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Grant

Turnaround for Children Selected by Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program to Accelerate Economic Opportunity

New York City based Community Progress Maker Joins Leading Nonprofit Organizations Across the United States to Address Urban Challenges Ranging from Affordable Housing to Environmental Sustainability and Infrastructure

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 19, 2016 – Turnaround for Children announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support 40 visionary nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States – including economic development, environment sustainability, urban infrastructure, and affordable housing.

As part of the program, Turnaround for Children will receive a core operating support grant of $500,000 over the course of two years to continue its work in the community around translating the science that explains the impact of stress on learning and behavior into tools and strategies for teachers and administrators to deploy in schools with high concentrations of children growing up in poverty. This new injection of funds will help bolster existing initiatives while opening up the door to additional programs such as a systemic impact strategy to raise broad awareness about and address the challenges that affect any school facing adversity, in order to accelerate healthy student development and academic achievement. In addition to the grant, Turnaround for Children will also have access to technical assistance from leading national researchers and experts and will be provided opportunities to connect with other grantees to share and learn best practices.

“We are so excited for this opportunity to partner with the Citi Foundation and are honored to be included in this group of organizations making tremendous impact in communities of need,“ said Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and CEO of Turnaround for Children. “With Citi’s support, Turnaround can continue to translate neuroscientific research into practices that change the odds for many more children in New York City, Washington, D.C. and across the country.”

“The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support organizations that have demonstrated such strong commitments to their local communities and a willingness to share their experiences with others for the betterment of their neighborhoods,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “These organizations have a track record of implementing solutions that work for their communities because they know the people there, understand what resources to tap and, most importantly, feel deeply invested in the places where they live and work.  We believe that’s the key to leading urban transformation efforts in New York City, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere across the country.”

The Community Progress Makers Fund builds upon the Citi Foundation’s commitment to identify and support innovative solutions and organizations that are helping build stronger, more resilient cities that are engines of economic opportunity for all.  The flexibility of core operating support will allow organizations and their visionary leaders to deploy solutions that address a range of issues.


About Turnaround for Children
Turnaround for Children acts as a catalyst for change by raising awareness about and addressing the challenges that affect any school facing adversity, particularly those in high-poverty communities. Turnaround develops tools and strategies, grounded in science, that cultivate a safe environment, reduce stress, increase readiness to learn and accelerate student development and academic achievement.

About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit