Welcome

Below you will find stories and updates from EGCF about projects and partner organizations contributing to the advancement of each of our program areas. These project updates are intended to highlight the results of EGCF’s grant portfolio and to provide an introduction to the critical work of partners. Please check back regularly for updates and other announcements.

UPDATE: Exceptional Education Outreach Literacy Program
April 1, 2014 - Education and Literacy

During the 2013-2014 school year, EEO increased its support to include 60 students on Harbour Island. 40 students are in Grades K-6 and 20 students are at the high school level of Grade 7.

EGCF has launched a pilot program in partnership with EEO to grant much sought after access to annual public library cards for EEO's 6th and 7th grade students. Public library cards on Harbour Island carry an annual fee of $5 putting them out of reach for many children who wish to have a library membership. The grant from EGCF will make these cards available for free to these students. EEO's own resource rooms have limited resources and access to the local public library has been highly sought after and requested by EEO students. 30 students will receive their library cards. 10 of these students are at the 6th grade level and 20 students are at the 7th grade level. Read more

UPDATE: Maria Mitchell Association - Discovery Camp Scholarship Program
July 1, 2013 - Education and Literacy

As an update to the Discovery Camp scholarship program, EGCF is pleased to continue its partnership with the Maria Mitchell Association offering Nantucket residents an opportunity to assist low income families with the cost of attending the summer Discovery program. "Learning by doing" is the philosophy as well as the mission of the children's Discovery Program. Students visit local environments including wetlands, marine habitats, grasslands and forest ecosystems giving them opportunities to investigate, explore and experience the wonders of Nantucket's diverse ecosystems. Read more

Exceptional Education Outreach Literacy Program
October 9, 2012 - Education and Literacy

Believing in the shared ideal that every child should be given learning opportunities to reach their full potential, EGCF began partnering in 2011 with Exceptional Education Outreach in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas. EEO's mission is to provide special education and literacy outreach programs to students and their communities ensuring that children with special needs have access to innovative educational programs to help them reach their full academic and personal potential. EEO endeavors to equip local teachers, parents and volunteers with skills and materials to assess students and remediate learning challenges through direct service in schools, training programs for teachers and parents, and professional medical assistance to underserved students. Read more

Maria Mitchell Association - Discovery Camp Scholarship Program
July 16, 2012 - Education and Literacy

Through a scholarship fund established in 2011, EGCF continues to collaborate with the Maria Mitchell Association to offer Nantucket residents an opportunity to assist low income families with the cost of attending the summer Discovery program. The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA), promotes the exploration, education, and enjoyment of Nantucket's land, waters and skies. It was founded to preserve the legacy of the Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator. "Learning by doing" is the philosophy as well as the mission of the children's Discovery Program. The Discovery program's goal is to provide children with access to their natural world and to give them opportunities to investigate, explore and experience the wonders of Nantucket's diverse ecosystems. It offers occasions for students to visit local environments including wetlands, marine habitats, grasslands and forest ecosystems. Read more

BuildOn - BCSM Afterschool Program
October 18, 2011 - Education and Literacy

During the 2011-2012 school year, EGCF partner buildOn operated an Afterschool Program at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics. buildOn has operated an Afterschool Program at BCSM since 2007. The program began with a small group of committed students and quickly expanded to become the most active buildOn Afterschool Program in New York City. Read more

Bamakoni Pilot Partnership
February 10, 2011 - Education and Literacy

One of the unique benefits of foundation work is the ability to convene partnerships and people around a particular issue or need. In 2010, EGCF, in partnership with another foundation in Utah, brought together two organizations who were working in the same parts of Mali, with goals that both foundations felt were complimentary. The two organizations, The Ouelessebougou Alliance, (the Alliance) of Utah and buildOn, based in Stamford, Connecticut, are different organizations in many ways, but they both saw an opportunity to explore a partnership together in the Ouelssebougou region of Mali. EGCF valued the opportunity to form a pilot project with these two organizations that resulted in a new school in the village of Bamakoni. Read more

UPDATE: Mali School Construction Complete
February 10, 2010 - Education and Literacy

As a final update on the Southern Mali School construction project with the organization, BuildOn, (see 2009 article), EGCF is pleased to report that the school in the village of N'Gola in southern Mali is complete. The only schoolhouse in this village of 560 people was a mud-brick building that meant that class attendances were low, with classes often rained out or cancelled during the rainy season. The building inadequately served grades 1,4 and 6 among 56 children. Construction of the new building began in late June and the structure was completed 6 days ahead of schedule with an official completion date of October 28th. Read more