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 1996 to collect and fund supplies for public elementary schools.
In 2009, 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 nine new partner schools and increased our financial support over 2,000%. In 2017, we welcomed Katrina Huffman, our current Executive Director, to lead CFK into our next stage of growth. Our model, however, has always remained the same: recognize and respond to the unique needs of each partner school.
Today, we serve nearly 4,500 students and are partnered with incredible schools in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.