One school at a time, Change for Kids (CFK) rallies communities to provide a broad range of essential educational opportunities at under-resourced public elementary schools. By creating inspiring learning environments at our partner schools, CFK enables students to discover their unique strengths and develop the confidence to achieve.
The idea for Change for Kids began in an unlikely setting: a bar in lower Manhattan. It was 1994 when soon-to-be CFK founder Ted Madara bought a round of drinks for a few teachers from P.S. 243 in Brooklyn. The drinks, the teachers told him, cost more than the amount of money allocated to each student for supplies for the year. Realizing that just a small amount of money could have an immense impact on a child’s education, Ted and his friends established Change for Kids to collect and fund supplies for schools like P.S. 243.
In 2009, Board Member Colin Smith elected to put his investment banking career on hold to serve as CFK's Executive Director. Since then, we’ve expanded our mission to provide literacy, arts, health, and other essential programs that help set students on the path to a brighter future. We’ve added three new partner schools and increased our financial support over 1,500%. Our model, however, has remained the same: recognize and respond to the unique needs of each partner school.
Today, we partner with five incredible schools in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, with a goal to expand to ten schools by 2017.