Monday, July 25, 2011

Hirsch Family Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to East Durham Children's Initiative

Education is a big deal in Durham, NC and has been for a long time.  Public schools here have taken a variety of innovative approaches to education and learning, and the results are evident.  Another of Durham's programs has now gotten a massive financial support that will help propel it forward for the next three years.

East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), a “cradle to career” program modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, announced today that it has received a grant of $100,000 per year for the next three years from the Hirsch Family Foundation. This support is unrestricted and will be used for a variety of purposes that will help further develop the EDCI model. The Hirsch Family Foundation is a private foundation based in Dallas, Texas, that supports novel social service organizations in hopes of strengthening local communities.

“East Durham Children’s Initiative is very gratified for the significant support given by the Hirsch Family Foundation,” said Barker French, co-chair East Durham Children’s Initiative. "The Foundation believes the cradle to college and/or career model developed by EDCI will transform the lives of children in East Durham, and EDCI is committed to helping Durham’s children succeed.”

“The Hirsch Family Foundation is impressed by EDCI’s ability to forge collaboration between Durham’s various non-profit organizations in order to more effectively help the families of Durham. We believe EDCI has the potential to create lasting, generational change, and we hope that our donation, in conjunction with that of the Oak Foundation, will help it grow and reach its potential in the coming years. We are honored to be involved."

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