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Support

A Better Chance is the only national organization of its kind.

Since 1963, our goal has remained to change the life trajectory of academically talented youth of color in grades 6-12 through access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities.

To continue holding open the door to a better future, we need your help.

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The A Better Chance Annual Fund

Support A Better Chance’s greatest needs right now with a gift to our Annual Fund.

Please be aware that our Annual Fund donors enjoy certain benefits in addition to the satisfaction of helping a vital cause.  Giving level is based on combined annual giving totals, including but not limited to: one-time and monthly donations, event sponsorships, matching gifts, and stock gifts.

The Ron and Mary Pressman Continuous Giving Society – 3+ Years

This dedicated group of supporters consists of individuals, foundations, and corporations who have committed their financial support—at any level—for three consecutive years or more.

DreamBuilders – $1,200 to $4,999

Supporters at this level are recognized as members of the DreamBuilder Society--an esteemed group of annual fund donors who recognize the need to build a pipeline of leaders of color and share an enduring commitment to helping talented youth achieve success.

Benefits:

  • Annual Report listing
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • A personal staff liaison for updates on A Better Chance’s work

1963 Society – $5,000 to $24,999

Members of the 1963 Society are recognized for honoring the legacy begun in the summer of 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, when 23 headmasters of selective independent schools gathered to make a mutual commitment to change the profiles and compositions of their student bodies.  They are those who both acknowledge and step up to the challenge of closing the achievement gap, and are committed to giving a new generation of talented young students of color a better chance.

Salutatorian-$5,000-$9,999

  • All DreamBuilder benefits, plus:
  • One (1) complimentary special event ticket

Valedictorian-$10,000-$24,999

  • All DreamBuilder benefits, plus:
  • Two (2) complimentary special event tickets
  • Personalized updates from senior leadership at A Better Chance

President’s Circle – $25,000+

President’s Circle members are philanthropic visionaries who are dedicated to ensuring that A Better Chance and the Scholars it serves have the resources they need to succeed for generations to come. This elite group receives exclusive privileges and access. To learn more about this level of philanthropy, please contact the Development Office at alumnirelations@abetterchance.org or 646-346-1356.

News & Events

Development Team

Nicole Bouknight Johnson

National Director of Development and Communications

Joseph Khammar

Digital Communications Manager

Kate Malakoff

Development Coordinator

Kathryn McKenna

Alumni Relations Manager

Dimitris Raptopoulos

Major Gifts Officer

Colleen Smith

Grants & Corporate Partnerships Manager