Literacy and education

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

We focus our support of education on at-risk students served by school districts in communities where we have a presence:

  • We serve young children through 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 enrichment programs, both school-based and after-school. Our support for summer programs helps 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. These programs range from mentoring and job training to high school equivalency and ESL or other local language programs.

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

Our educational partners include:

ProLiteracy Worldwide

For more than 20 years, we have supported the important work of ProLiteracy Worldwide, a global nonprofit focused on adult literacy. In January 2016, ProLiteracy presented Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Foundation with its President’s Award in honor of our continuing support of adult literacy and workforce preparedness initiatives on a local, national, and global level. We are only the second recipient of this award, first given in 2011.

Success for All

The Pitney Bowes Foundation supported  the development of Success for All’s KinderCorner Home Links videos. These 25-minute videos bring lessons and skills taught at school directly into children’s homes for viewing by children and their families. The shows include stories, songs, dictionary words, and numerous videos from Sesame Workshop and Lomax, The Hound of Music television series. Each show includes letters and literacy, math, story book, and movement that link back to the lessons the students learned at school that day.

Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

NFTE provides a variety of innovative programs that inspireyoung people from low-income communities to build entrepreneurial skills, launch businesses and connect experiential learning to educational programs. For NFTE’s 2017 World Series of Innovation, the Pitney Bowes Foundation challenged students to design a product that helps kids or adults to explore real-world STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

MIND Research Institute

The Pitney Bowes Foundation partnered with MIND to provide transformative mathematical experiences to students in K-6th grade in locations across the country. The ST Math program connects STEM to students, helping them gain a deeper understanding of math, develop perseverance and problem-solving skills, and grow into life-long learners.

Reading Is Fundamental

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 2016, our Share the Message: READ! activities included “Explore. Innovate. Play!” at Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, CT. We also joined with others to celebrate RIF’s 50 years of achievement, including the distribution of more than 412 million books to 40 million children.

Read to a Child

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 2016 (National Reading Month), we again supported their national digital fundraising campaign on the theme ”Spark Something Meaningful – Help Kids in Need Love to Read.”

buildOn

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.

Horizons National Student Enrichment Program

Horizons National provides summer academic enrichment programs for at-risk, low-income students in partnership with nearly 500 U.S. schools, colleges and universities, with a curriculum spanning literacy, science, math, arts, sports and cultural enrichment at every level from pre-K to high school. Our 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. In 2016, we were once again sponsors of Horizons Giving Day, the organization’s national online fundraising campaign.

Connecticut Science Center

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 training teachers to spark and capture interest in STEM. The Foundation is currently supporting the 2018 launch of a new Earth and Human Impact exhibit, which explores our relationship to the planet’s past, present, and future.

Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC)

In May 2016, Pitney Bowes and CEO Marc Lautenbach were honored for our  support over the last 50 years, including 25 years of support for CLC’s full-day, full-year Head Start program, which serves some of Stamford’s lowest-income families, 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.

YMCA of Stamford

In April 2017, the Stamford, CT, YMCA honored Pitney Bowes with its Humanitarian Award, recognizing Pitney Bowes’ longtime commitment to creating meaningful impact in our communities. Paul Macari, Director, Business Process Management and Stamford YMCA board member, presented the award, which was accepted on behalf of Pitney Bowes and its employees by Kathleen Ryan Mufson, President, Pitney Bowes Foundation and Director, Global Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy. Our partnership with the Stamford YMCA dates back to 1940, when Pitney Bowes CEO Walter H. Wheeler Jr. led the YMCA Citizens Committee. The two organizations have worked together ever since to help the youth of the community with a variety of programs and after-school activities.

Etasha 

Pitney Bowes proudly supports the ETASHA Society in India to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds develop skills needed for successful employment. ETASHA provides vocational training, career guidance and placement programs. Our funding supports programs on essential competencies for employment and women’s professional development and economic independence.

Tel Aviv Wonder Class

Pitney Bowes operations in Israel provide educational support to children at Tel Aviv’s Achuzat Sara Children’s Home. The goal: to break social, academic and emotional barriers that can keep students from reaching their potential. The Pitney Bowes-sponsored “Wonder Class” provides academic enrichment to ten new residents aged 6 to 14 to ensure their success in both their new home and their new school. Since the program began, students have achieved significant progress in both areas. Additional volunteer efforts benefit the larger school community of 140 students. 

From Bridgeport to the White House

A Pitney Bowes Foundation grant in support of the arts education programs offered by Bridgeport-based City Lights & Company helped pave the way for Tisdale School students to perform at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama last year. City Lights’ Turnaround Arts program empowers high-need schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs integrated with school curricula and supported by high-profile artist mentors to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.