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.
Realizing that just a small amount of money could have an immense impact on a child’s education, CFK Founder Ted Madara and friends established Change for Kids in 1994 to collect and fund supplies for public elementary schools.
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 four 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 six incredible schools in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, with a goal to expand to ten schools by 2017.