Literacy and education

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

We focus our philanthropy on education to help improve 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 and math (STEM) 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 STEM 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.

Our educational partners include:

Armed Services YMCA

A grant from the Pitney Bowes Foundation has funded the Armed Services YMCA’s Y on Wheels program, which brings seven weeks’ worth of Y summer programs to children of U.S. military personnel in and around Everett, Washington. The curriculum, provided by the local YMCA of Snohomish County, ranges from STEM and leadership education to creative art projects and fitness activities—all designed for children from 5 to 12.

Governor’s Prevention Partnership

Drawing on 20 years of experience in supporting mentoring programs, the Connecticut-based Governor’s Prevention Partnership developed a toolkit for use by community organizations across the United States and launched it at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. Funded by a grant from the Pitney Bowes Foundation, Regional Mentoring Collaboratives: A How-To Toolkit is designed to help community leaders implement new mentoring initiatives, strengthen mentor recruitment and support, and build ties to other resources that can help bring the benefits of mentoring to young people in need.

Read to Grow

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.

Success for All Foundation

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. Lessons progress from letter sound recognition and word-letter blending to sentence- and paragraph-level reading, comprehension, and fluency.

Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

NFTE provides a variety of innovative programs that inspire young 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). Prizes were awarded to ArchiPicture, which allows users to design, or import, virtual structures, displaying the object in true scale while introducing STEM aspects of architecture; and to NanoScience, which teaches children and adults about nanoscience and its intersection with interests such as sports, biology, and fashion through a series of games that users can play.

Girls Who Code

Pitney Bowes recently sponsored Girls Who Code's five-year anniversary event in New York City. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help close the gender gap in technology and empower girls to become change makers through coding.

MIND Research Institute

The Pitney Bowes Foundation partnered with MIND to provide transformative mathematical experiences to students in grades K-6 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. 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.

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 2017, our Share the Message: READ! Activities included “Explore. Innovate. Play!” at Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, CT; the Washington Early Learning Center’s Head Start program in Appleton, WI; and the Pembroke Avenue Elementary School in Danbury, CT. In 2018, we are working with RIF to create a new family / teacher resource guide on Coding, and a related employee volunteer toolkit.

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 2017 (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, quality and stability of Read to a Child’s national lunchtime reading program.

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. independent 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. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, and art. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities break down barriers to success and engage children with new opportunities. 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 2017, we once again sponsored 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. Opening in 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.

Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC)

Our support for 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.

ETASHA Society

Pitney Bowes India is proud to partner with the ETASHA Society, 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.

Tara Mobile Crèches

Our operations in Pune, India, support Tara Mobile Creches Pune’s Project Khelghar to provide mobile learning centers to ensure that migrant construction worker’s children enjoy the right to safety, healthcare, education, recreation and participation. PB support helped more than 550 underprivileged children.

NIIT Foundation (Pune) Association

Pitney Bowes India’s Pune CSR team has 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.