Our Story

Change for Kids was established in 1996 to collect and fund supplies for public elementary schools. In 2009, CFK expanded its mission to provide literacy, arts, health, and other essential programs that help set students on the path to a brighter future.

Today, Change for Kids is focusing its efforts on engaging children early in their educational careers so that they can stay on track academically. Change for Kids on-site school managers, in partnership with principals and teachers, create impact in three distinct areas – academic achievement, social-emotional learning, and citywide community engagement. By bringing critical resources to NYC public elementary schools in underserved communities, the thousands of students we serve develop the social-emotional and academic skills they need to be prepared for middle school and beyond.

Currently, we serve over 4,500 students at 12 partner schools in all five NYC boroughs with the goal of expanding to 30 partner schools by 2021.

Our Model

Our school change team model, recognized as one of the country’s “Top 10 Most Scalable Models” by Mutual of America, provides CFK’s partner schools with resources that help create transformative change.

1. Recruit

an under-resourced partner school with a visionary leader

2. Recognize

the school’s unique needs by working closely with the school community

3. Rally

a broad range of community support to provide sustainable and reliable resources

4. Respond

with dynamic, engaging and rigorous educational programs

5. Report

on the school's progress and how we can improve next year


101 Charities to Donate to This Season
New York Magazine
December 2, 2015
Charities Turn to Web to Get Cash
Crain's New York Business
October 20, 2014
MRY Redesigns Change for Kids Website
Digital Journal
June 2014
The Art of Adding Value: Variety New York’s High Touch, High Impact Philanthropic Model
Executive Director, Colin Smith participates in panel discussion marking the release of the white paper
February 2013
A Change Agent for the City's Public Schools
Crain's New York Business
December 2012
The Giving Well: Change for Kids
Modern Ink
December 2011
Change for Kids: Interview with Colin Smith
The Journal of Cultural Conversation
April 2010

The Team

Meet the people whose passion, creativity and commitment make a difference for our partner schools.