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Introducing Opportunity and Hope, a new book by Naomi Schaefer Riley

Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce the publication of Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives through Scholarships by Naomi Schaefer Riley, author, former Wall Street Journal editor, and columnist for the New York Post.

In this new book, Ms. Riley profiles ten young men and women from across America whose lives were improved when they were awarded scholarships to attend private schools. Nearly all of these students received assistance from CSF or CSF partner programs.

Jason Tejada, one of the CSF alumni profiled who recently graduated from Columbia and now works at JPMorgan Chase, featured prominently in Ms. Riley’s column in yesterday’s New York Post.

Jason and the other scholarship alumni included in Opportunity and Hope represent the 139,000 children who have benefited from a CSF scholarship since our inception in 1998. These young adults are living proof of what can happen when families are empowered to choose the schools that best meet their children’s needs. Thank you to all our generous donors who make their stories possible!

CSF Named Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits

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We are happy to announce that Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award is based on the large number of positive reviews that CSF received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. For example, one CSF parent wrote, “There is no greater gift that anybody can give to a child than a good education and that is what this organization is doing for my family.”

You can read all the reviews of CSF on the GreatNonprofits website.

Cardinal Dolan Celebrates Ted Forstmann’s Legacy

Cardinal Dolan commemorated the contributions of three prominent education philanthropists in his recent blog post and we are honored to see our co-founder, Ted Forstmann, among them. Peter Flanigan, Ted Forstmann, and Paul Woolard all made significant contributions to giving New York families access to quality school options through their involvement with the Partnership for Catholic Schools, Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and Children’s Scholarship Fund.

When speaking of Ted, he says:

Ted admired our schools for their splendid academics and emphasis on character, virtue, and faith, but he also admitted that, as a successful businessman, he considered support for our struggling schools to be a shrewd investment, producing competent, reliable leaders for the community, and because private schools served as healthy competitors to the unhealthy monopoly of public education.  This is what lead him to co-found the Children’s Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students in Catholic and other private schools throughout the country.

Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for celebrating Ted’s legacy and the work of the Children’s Scholarship Fund. We are honored to be working towards the greater goal of maximizing educational opportunity for all children and realizing Ted’s vision.

WSJ Publishes Letter to the Editor from CSF’s Chair and President on Peter Flanigan’s Legacy

The Wall Street Journal just published a letter to the editor from CSF Chair Mike McCurry and CSF President Darla Romfo in response to the paper’s recent editorial about the late Peter Flanigan’s education reform legacy.

In their letter, McCurry and Romfo urge a new generation of leaders to “take up the mantle and make [Flanigan’s] dream of a decent education for every American child a reality.”

You can read the full letter here:

CSF Alumni Appear in Education Next

EdNextcoverWe are proud to report that the cover of the latest issue of Education Next  features two Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) alums, Denasia Watts and Tiffany Williams.

Both young women used CSF scholarships to attend private elementary schools in New York. Denasia will graduate from high school next month and plans to begin college this fall, while Tiffany has earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University.

Inside the journal, photos of several more CSF alumni accompany an analysis of the recent study from Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson which found that African-American students who used scholarships to attend private school  were more likely to enter college than their peers at public schools.

You can read the cover story online at

Philanthropy magazine cover story on choice features CSF

PRTmagThe latest issue of Philanthropy magazine features a cover story on education reformers who balance charitable giving with advocacy and direct political engagement.

In the piece, former CSF Tampa Bay Founder John Kirtley says that when the CSF partner program received more than 12,000 applications for its first 700 scholarships, he became convinced that philanthropy alone could not meet the demand. Kirtley went on to fight for a statewide corporate tax credit program which today serves more than 50,000 children throughout Florida. You can read the entire article here.

CSF Co-Founder John Walton Enters Philanthropy Hall of Fame

Children’s Scholarship Fund is honored to note that our co-founder John T. Walton is one of 50 philanthropists who comprise Philanthropy Roundtable’s newly-launched Hall of Fame.

The list of donors honored also includes household names such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and J.P. Getty as well as some lower-profile philanthropists. But each of the individuals highlighted was chosen by Philanthropy Roundtable because he or she “changed the nation and the world.”

Please take a moment to read the Hall of Fame profile of John Walton by author Naomi Schaefer Riley and learn about the valuable contributions he made, not only by co-founding CSF, but by investing in a wide-ranging portfolio of education reform and parental choice efforts (and encouraging others to join him) with the goal of “an all-out revolution in education.”