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We Do


Simply put, our programs are the heart and soul of our organization. The following strategic initiatives are designed to increase diversity and equity in the educational philanthropic ecosystem and re-imagine how philanthropy intersects with Black leaders in education.

The 1954 Project seeks to radically redesign how philanthropy connects with Black leaders in education.


The 1954 Project identifies established leaders of nonprofit organizations in the education sector and selects at least five Luminaries each year. The Luminaries receive transformational $1 million grants along with professional supports and membership in an unparalleled community of their peers.

The 1954 Project's flexible financial commitment and suite of supports allows leaders to maintain their focus on driving innovation, improving student outcomes, and creating lasting systemic change.

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The LEAD Summer Internship Program is a one-of-a-kind experience designed to:

  • Introduce students to career opportunities in philanthropy and social innovation

  • Diversify the pipeline of talent in philanthropy and social innovation

  • Expand the social capital of student participants

  • Provide high-quality, real-world experiences and tangible work skills


To learn more, please contact Aaron Smoot at



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