Established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle, the Foundation believes that few challenges are more important than the provision of a mind-enlarging liberal education for young people as they try to shape lives of meaning, purpose, and informed engagement with the choices facing our society. 

The resources of our Foundation are relatively modest, but we believe that by identifying creative and committed educational leaders we are able to make a real difference on behalf of students.  

We often work with groups of collaborating institutions in order to extend the reach of our programs and to encourage grant partners to learn from one another. We also take care to assess the impact of our work with the help of outside evaluators. While most of our work is carried out at colleges and universities throughout the United States, we regard education as a lifelong process, and have reached out to “non-traditional” adult students through organizations supporting their hopes to deepen and enrich their lives. 

Our commitment to our home area of New York is expressed through our College-Community Connections program, which supports young people from underserved neighborhoods who are hoping to attend college not only as a means of obtaining marketable skills and employment but also as a path to self-discovery and the enlargement of the imagination. 

The Teagle Foundation has a special commitment to the principle that liberal education entails open-minded engagement with the most challenging ideas of past and present, and that the opportunity for such an education must not be restricted to the privileged few.   

I have had the honor of serving as a member of the Teagle Board of Directors since 2009, and now as the Foundation’s president. The three recent presidents whom I follow – Judith Shapiro, Richard Morrill, and Robert Connor – have positioned the Foundation to play a role in the world of higher education far beyond our relatively small size.

You will find information about our grantmaking on this website: about how we develop program areas, about our current and past Requests for Proposals (RFPs), about projects we currently support, along with guidelines for grantees.

We hope that you find this website helpful as you seek to learn more about the Teagle Foundation and about the specific issues in higher education to which we are dedicated. Please let us know if you have questions or comments for us, and thank you for your interest in the Foundation.

--Andrew Delbanco