History

history iconThe Partnership was formed in 2010 following the merger of two successful organizations -- The Endowment for Inner-City Education and the Patrons Program.

The Partnership has worked exclusively to strengthen and preserve Catholic education in New York City because it believes that:

  • Catholic schools have an established record of helping low-income students break the cycle of poverty
  • Catholic schools have the potential to educate the whole child – the Partnership appreciates that it takes more than academics to close the achievement gap and help students to lead productive and fulfilling lives
  • Low-income families need educational choice just like middle and upper-income families – the Partnership wants to ensure that excellent Catholic schools remain available for these families

The Partnership has combined experience of over 20 years and has invested more than $200 million dollars in four main areas:

  • Scholarships
  • An “adopt-a-school” program in which “Patrons” and other donors made investments and became personally involved in supporting individual schools
  • Academic and enrichment programs
  • Capital repairs

The concept of a network of schools managed by the Partnership is a natural extension of its strategy to selectively invest in schools with the potential for excellence combined with the Archdiocese of New York’s Pathways to Excellence, a governance model for its elementary schools that shifts management away from parishes to regional boards.

The Partnership will focus its future efforts on managing its network of schools.