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Why Give to A Better Chance

It starts with the premise that talent resides in every American community and it puts that talent in the way of opportunity. It’s as simple and powerful as that.
Deval Patrick, A Better Chance ALumnus, Milton Academy, Class of 1974

A Pivotal Moment

Now is the time to be bold in our efforts to fill the pipeline of leaders of color in this country. By 2050, it is predicted that the non-white population will become the majority in the United States, yet even today the composition of our leadership in business, government, medicine, technology, and other fields is far from a proportionate representation of the population at large. Latinos and African Americans represent only 8.5% of the physicians and less than one in ten MBA candidates in the country. African Americans and Latinos make up 25% of the American workforce, but only 11 CEOs among the Fortune 500. And though white men make up 34% of the nation’s population, white men hold 87% of the seats in Congress.

Over 16,000 Lives Transformed - and Counting

Our Alumni credit A Better Chance as the catalyst for their tremendous accomplishments. According to a 2010 survey, nearly three-quarters of our Alumni believe they would not be as successful as they are today without the opportunities provided to them through A Better Chance.

Although significant progress has been made in the 55+ years since A Better Chance was founded, there are still large gaps in achievement and especially in leadership and economic mobility amongst people of color. 

To sustain our model of successful leadership development and make a real difference, we must always strive to bring our services to a larger scale. We invest heavily in our Scholars because we believe in their potential, and our country has been richly rewarded by their success.

It is without question that this organization has played a tremendous role in my life and I will never forget the educational opportunities it afforded me.
Dr. Christopher Leggett, A Better Chance Alumnus, Phillips Academy, Class of 1978

In America, education remains the great equalizer. The cultural and social capital gained through a solid college preparatory education is the surest way for young African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans to escape the cycle of poverty.

Simply put, an education of exceptional quality helps youth of color move up the ladder in American society.

For two generations, this guiding principle has driven A Better Chance to place talented young people of color into the leadership pipeline through increased access to academically rigorous schools. Our signature College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP) annually recruits and places 500 new Scholars, and supports a total of 2,000 Scholars at leading college preparatory schools across the country.