Endowed Funds that Support Competitive Grants in Early Childhood Education

Since the Community Foundation was started in 1972, generous donors have established permanent funds that have supported our eight-county region with grants — from the time they were created and will continue to do so into the future.

Sometimes, one endowed fund will provide dollars for an entire grant. Other times, grantmaking dollars from several funds that support the same interest area are pooled to provide larger grants.

We want the generosity of these donors and the name of their funds to be recognized for the ongoing grant support they are providing today and into the future.

Closing Achievement and Opportunity Gaps: Early Childhood Education (Equity)

Anne Heneghan Fund for Infant Care: Family, friends, and colleagues dedicated this fund in memory of a woman who was a tutor in the Rochester City School District’s Young Mother’s Program and devoted her life to nurturing children in their first year of life.

Edna Jeanne Brush Fund: Created by a family that believes in the importance of early childhood education.

Early Childhood Education Fund: A Penfield couple seeded this fund and recruited other donors to help leverage a $500,000 challenge grant from the Ford Foundation to support developmental learning that prepares children to succeed in school.

Hugh Knapp Fund for Early Childhood: A daughter of a former Community Foundation board member created this fund to honor him and to benefit his favorite cause.

McCoy Family Fund: A family created this fund in memory of their parents, Isabel and W. Bayard McCoy, to support early childhood education and medical research.

Sinclair Fund for Early Childhood Education: A local family established this fund to support early childhood education and the changing needs of the community.

Robert and Ann Van Niel Fund: A Pittsford couple created this fund to support early childhood education.