Literacy and education

Every child deserves the chance to grow into a healthy, productive adult.

We focus our philanthropy on education in order to increase and enhance opportunities for all students in school districts where we have a presence:

  • We serve young children through early literacy programs that encourage parent engagement, stimulate development of language and literacy skills, and foster a true love of learning.
  • We serve children from pre-kindergarten through middle school with year-round educational programs, both school-based and after-school. We support in-school programs that focus on literacy, core curriculum and science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) disciplines. We also support summer programs that help minimize the loss of academic skills during school vacations.
  • At the high school level and beyond, we support programs that motivate and equip students for higher education and potential career choices. Subject areas include language and STEAM as well as business, entrepreneurial and communications skills.

In addition to our direct grant-making, we encourage employees to donate their talent and expertise through skills-based volunteerism. From mentoring to participation on nonprofit boards, employees across the company donate thousands of hours each year to help children and families in our communities.

Programs supported include:

Early Childhood Education

A grant from the Pitney Bowes Foundation helped Read to Grow to promote early childhood literacy in Bridgeport, CT. The grant provides literacy packets to families of babies born at Bridgeport hospitals, and free children’s books for families to keep available at Book Places hosted by nonprofits throughout the city.

Our support for Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC)’s full-day, full-year Head Start program serves low-income families in Stamford, many of whom are English language learners. Our grant enables parents to work full-time while their children receive extra help in preparation for kindergarten. CLC’s holistic approach includes nutritious meals and snacks, family support services and a curriculum on social and emotional development.

Other early childhood education programs we support include:

  • Jumpstart for Young Children Kindergarten Readiness Program, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kent Education Foundation Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Program, Spokane, Washington
  • Mercy Learning Center Early Childhood Education Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Mi Escualita Early Childhood Education Program, Dallas, Texas
  • Rainbow Village Early Child Development Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Children’s Center, Danbury, Connecticut

Youth Literacy Programs

Since 2004, Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Foundation have been proud supporters of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization. Our support has included funding for teacher training, book distributions to underserved school districts, and the development of Share the Message: Read! volunteer tool kits. Share the Message: Read! is a rewarding program in which volunteers read with young students in pre-K to grade 5, conduct craft projects, and help the children choose a new book of their own to take home. In 2018, our Share the Message: READ! Activities again included “Explore. Innovate. Play!” at Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Our newest family/teacher resource guide and related employee volunteer toolkit introduce students to the topic of Coding. 

Other local, regional and national youth literacy programs we support include:

  • Bridgeport Public Education Foundation Reading Enrichment Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Communities in Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Danbury Youth Services Kids Literacy Program, Danbury, Connecticut
  • DIBS for Kids, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Everybody Wins, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Literacy Access Fund program to ensure young learners’ equal access to public library resources, several locations nationwide
  • Literacy Center of West Michigan Family Literacy Programs, Detroit, Michigan
  • Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County’s Read to a Child Power Lunch program, Albany/Troy, New York
  • Operation Outreach in Detroit, Michigan, and Troy, New York, public schools
  • Reach Out and Read, several locations nationwide
  • Reading Partners One-to-One Literacy Tutoring, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • ReadWorks, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • United Way of Western Connecticut Strong Start Neighborhood Early Literacy Program, Danbury, Connecticut
  • Whole School Whole Child Program at City Year, Detroit, Michigan

Mentoring

 

The Pitney Bowes Foundation continues to invest in the Connecticut-based Governor’s Prevention Partnership’s efforts to strengthen mentoring programs nationwide. Our most recent grant has enabled GPP to build training programs that strengthening mentors’ ability to understand and work with mentees who have been affected by trauma.

Our support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters affiliates across the country helps ensure that young people have a mentor who can help them achieve their dreams. In 2018, the Pitney Bowes Foundation provided grants to the Big Brothers & Sisters of the Fox Valley Region (Appleton, Wisconsin), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (Troy, New York), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest (Spokane, Washington) that enabled them to advance mentoring programs and improve education outcomes to prepare students for college and career.

Since 2007, we’ve been a Read to a Child National Partner, supporting national, regional and local mentoring programs for low-income elementary students. Read to a Child creates better opportunities for children by inspiring adults to read to children. In March 2018 (National Reading Month), we were again Visionary Sponsors of Read to a Child’s national digital fundraising campaign to help ”Spark Something Meaningful – Help Kids in Need Love to Read.”  The Pitney Bowes Foundation again provided a grant to support the expansion of Read to a Child’s national lunchtime reading program.

Other mentoring programs we support include:

  • Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha, Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative School-based Mentoring and Early College Opportunity programs, Danbury, Connecticut
  • Future Five College Prep Program, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Mentoring for Academic Achievement and College/Career Success (MAACS), Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta Learning Spaces Program, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Urban Impact, Bridgeport, ConnecticutRead to Grow

School-Based Programs

The Pitney Bowes Foundation supported the development of Success for All’s Tutoring with the Lightning Squad, a multimedia tutoring tool for students in grades 1-3. Produced in collaboration with Sirius Thinking, Ltd., Johns Hopkins University and Sesame Workshop, this small-group computer-assisted tutoring program helps children build critical literacy skills. Our most recent grant has enabled Success for All to develop additional individual practice options to enable students to continue to advance their learning when their Tutoring with the Lightning Squad partner is absent.

The Pitney Bowes Foundation partnered with MIND Research Inc. to provide transformative mathematical experiences to students in grades pre-K-8 in locations across the country. MIND provides a highly visual, personal, engaging and rigorous math experience, building skills that are increasingly valued by technology companies and inspiring students to become creative problem solvers.

We also support the school-based programs of Teach for America in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

After/Outside of School Programs

Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the United States have benefited from our employees’ volunteer involvement as well as funding from the Pitney Bowes Foundation. 2018 Foundation grants included Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County (Washington), Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Dallas (Texas), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (Indiana) to ensure student literacy and academic success.

Other after/outside of school programs we support include:

  • Trinity River Mission (Dallas, Texas)
  • Wakeman Memorial Association Inc. (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
  • Wellspring (Detroit, Michigan)
  • YouthGo (Appleton, Wisconsin)

Summer Learning

At the national level, we support Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, which provides summer academic enrichment programs for at-risk, low-income students in partnership with nearly 500 U.S. independent schools, colleges and universities. The program’s offerings span literacy, science, math, arts, sports and cultural enrichment at every level from pre-K to high school. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, and art. Our Foundation support provides Horizons affiliates with reading specialists, assessment tools, training and STEM materials to help manage curriculum and facilitate data sharing with parents and public schools.

We also support other summer learning programs including:

  • Starfish Connection’s After School and Summer Enrichment Programs (Stamford, Connecticut)
  • Person To Person P2P Summer Campership Program (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
  • Stamford Public Education Foundation’s Mentoring Programs (Stamford, Connecticut)
  • Odyssey Summer Program (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Person to Person Campership Program (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
  • SoundWaters (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
  • Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Escape to the Arts Summer Program (Danbury, Connecticut)
  • Project Transformation North Texas (Dallas, Texas)
  • Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Summer Reading Program (Spokane, Washington)

Youth Leadership Development

Since 1992, we’ve collaborated with buildOn, a global nonprofit focused on helping U.S. inner-city students expand their horizons and develop critical skills. Its signature program engages students in building schools in developing countries, creating opportunities for others as well as themselves. We participate in buildOn’s Corporate Partner program, engaging employee volunteers to help students develop college, career and financial literacy skills. This year the Pitney Bowes Foundation funded buildOn Youth Engagement Zones and School-Wide Service Projects at Western International High School (Detroit, Michigan) and Bassick High School (Bridgeport, Connecticut).

Other Youth Leadership Development programs we support include:

  • Essential2life Inc FIFTEEN Youth Leadership Program, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kids Helping Kids Launching Libraries Program, Stamford, Connecticut
  • MPKids, Dallas, Texas
  • Stamford Public Education Foundation’s Children's Leadership Training Institute, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Valley United Way Youth Leadership Development Program, Shelton, Connecticut
  • Young Men’s Christian Association Of Stamford LEAD After School Program, Stamford, Connecticut

Entrepreneurship Education

At the national level, Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Foundation have been supporting the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) since 2000. NFTE programs inspire young people from low-income communities to build entrepreneurial skills, launch businesses and connect experiential learning to educational programs. Pitney Bowes Foundation grants have supported NFTE’s World Series of Innovation: Sustainable Development Goals Online Challenge, as well as Summer Biz Camps and Innovation Days in Dallas, Texas, Washington, D.C., New York, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts. We have also supported NFTE’s Global Showcase and signature regional events.

In 2018, the Foundation supported NFTE’s “Entrepreneurship in Every School:  Startup Tech” program. This program blends learning with entrepreneurship by asking students to identify ways to improve their world and then build marketable digital solutions using MIT App Inventor. Students create an original app that addresses a community need, develop a corresponding abbreviated business plan and marketing materials, and present in a Startup Showcase expo for a chance to win funding and publicity.

Another entrepreneurship education program we support is the James J. Hill Reference Library’s Support for Young Entrepreneurs in St. Paul, Minnesota.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Education

With support from the Pitney Bowes Foundation, the Connecticut Science Center is transforming schools in Stamford with new, engaging ways of teaching K-12 science and sparking interest in STEAM. Opening in October 2019 will be a Pitney Bowes Foundation-supported exhibit that explores the impact that human beings have on our planet in the past, present, and future. Our in-kind donation of GIS data sets will enable students not only to visualize Connecticut climate data but also learn about the power of the technology and the possibility of building a successful career on it.

Other science, technology, engineering and math programs we support include:

  • Cardinal Sheehan Center STEM Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Children’s Museum Of Science and Technology (CMOST) STEAMing into Troy Program, Troy, New York
  • Connecticut Science Center Next Generation Science Standards Teacher Training, Shelton, Connecticut
  • Discovery Museum STEM Education Fund, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair, Albany/Troy, New York
  • Housatonic Community College Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) Center of Excellence, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • TEAM Inc. Tech Stars Computer Literacy Program, Shelton, Connecticut

Arts Education

  • Capital Repertory Company On-the-Go Program, Troy, New York
  • City Lights & Co. Multicultural Arts Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Connecticut Ballet Dance Exposure Project, Connecticut
  • INTAKE Organization’s Reading Music, Reading at Grade Level Program, Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County Saturday Studios, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra Shelton Family Concert Series, Shelton, Connecticut
  • Project Music – Archipelago – El Sistema Academy, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Ridgefield Playhouse Charlotte’s Web Writing Workshop and Theater Exposure Program, Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Silvermine Arts Center at Trailblazers Academy, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Stamford Public Education Foundation All-School Musical, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Valley Shakespeare Festival Company: Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, Shelton, Connecticut
  • Young Playwrights Festival, Stamford Center For The Arts, Stamford, Connecticut

Adult Literacy and Education/Workforce Development

Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Foundation are proud of our decades-long partnership with Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs. For 100 years, JA has delivered hands-on, experiential learning that creates pathways to employability, job creation, and financial success. We support JA both through employee volunteerism in teaching programs such as “JA in a Day” and through Pitney Bowes Foundation grants. This year, we supported Financial Literacy education, career readiness mentoring and the JA Stock Market Challenge in Troy, New York; New York, New York; and Bridgeport, Shelton, Danbury, Stamford and Norwalk, Connecticut.

Through our longstanding support of the Creating IT Futures Foundation’s IT-Ready program, we help to diversify the tech industry and open career doors to a wider demographic. The IT-Ready program encourages populations that traditionally have been under-represented in the IT workforce, such as women and people of color, to launch tech careers.

The Pitney Bowes Foundation is also a long-time supporter of NAF and its efforts to bring education, business, and community leaders together to transform the high school experience. Our most recent grant to this national organization has been directed to the NAF Academies of Engineering to develop and diversify the next generation of engineers.

Other Adult Literacy and Education/Workforce Development programs we support include:

  • Burroughs Community Center English Language Services, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • CAP Services Skills Enhancement, Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Family Centers’ Promoting Career and College Readiness with adult ESL students, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Ferguson Library Summer Sunday Hours, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Inspirica Jump Start Career Program, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Literacy Action program for adults with low literacy levels, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mercy Learning Center’s Literacy and Life Skills Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Norwalk Community College Summer Bridge Math Intensive Program, Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Richardson Adult Literacy Center, Dallas, Texas
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives, Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Texas Adult Literacy Program, Dallas, Texas
  • Vocational Development Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Wilkinson Center Adult Education Program, Dallas, Texas
  • Women are Dreamers Too, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Womens Mentoring Network E to the 4th POWER Program (Education, Employment, Economic Security, Empowerment), Stamford, Connecticut
  • The Workplace Inc. Dress for Success Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Other Programs We Support

The Stamford Cradle to Career Collaborative aligns community resources to help young people grow into active and productive citizens of our community. The Stamford partnership utilizes Community Action Networks to focus on issues of school performance as well as physical, social and emotional factors at key stages including Infant Health and Development, Kindergarten Readiness, Early Grade Reading, Transition to Middle School, Transition to High School, and Transition from High School to Postsecondary, College and/or Career. Our Foundation grants support the data gathering and analysis that underlies the Collaborative’s work.

Other program areas supported by the Pitney Bowes Foundation include:

Parent Engagement Programs

  • Connecticut Association for Human Services Family Economic Success Program, Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Connecticut Institute for Communities Adult Education (PEP & ESL for parents)
  • Literacy Lab Parenting Skills program, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Saint Joseph Parenting Center, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Stamford Public Education Foundation’s Parent Leadership Training Institute, Stamford, Connecticut
  • YWCA of Darien/Norwalk Parent Awareness Program, Fairfield County, Connecticut

Social/Emotional Skills Development

  • Domus Kids’ Lion's Den Out-of-School-Time Program, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Kids In Crisis KIC Educational Services, Connecticut
  • Laurel House Thinking Well Program (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
  • Wings for Kids, Atlanta, Georgia

Students with Special Needs

  • CASA of the Fox Cities, Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Center For The Visually Impaired, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chases Place, Dallas, Texas
  • Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Children In Placement Connecticut Inc., Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Connecticut
  • Hearing Oral Program of Excellence (HOPE), Spokane, Washington
  • Recent Immigrants
  • International Rescue Committee Mentors for Success Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Refugee and Asylee Mentor Program through the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Connecticut
  • Summer Reading Program for Disadvantaged Immigrant Children through Building One Community (Stamford, Connecticut)

Recent Immigrants

  • International Rescue Committee Mentors for Success Program, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Refugee and Asylee Mentor Program through the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Connecticut
  • Summer Reading Program for Disadvantaged Immigrant Children through Building One Community (Stamford, Connecticut)

NGO Partners in India

Pitney Bowes India is proud to partner with several outstanding education partners.

The ETASHA Society is a non-government organization that works to empower youth from marginalized communities by training them to develop the right skills, attitude and mindset for successful careers. This year we supported ETASHA’s Employability Skills Development and Placement (ESDP) project and Computer Lab for Vocational Training and Placement.

Our operations in Pune, India, support Tara Mobile Creches Pune’s Project Khelghar to provide mobile learning centers for the children of migrant construction workers. Last year our support helped provide education, recreation and healthcare benefits to more than 550 of these children.

Pitney Bowes India’s Pune CSR team has also been regularly collaborating with the NIIT Foundation to organize educational workshops for children and youth on technical and interpersonal skills. Since 2004, the NIIT Foundation has been working to expand educational opportunities and ensure inclusive development in India.