The Teagle Foundation's grantmaking initiatives aim to strengthen teaching and learning in the arts and sciences and to ensure the benefits of a liberal arts education are broadly accessible.

Education for American Civic Life

The charge of the Teagle Foundation is “to support and strengthen liberal arts education, which we see as fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life.” The Foundation believes that liberally educated persons learn to value humility, empathy, curiosity, and civility. By contrast to disciplines in which technical problems may yield clear solutions and basic questions may be susceptible to singular answers, the liberal arts-- when well taught-- expose students to the challenge of contending with ambiguity and conflicting moral values. The Foundation believes that —rising to this challenge is fundamental to understanding and participating in democratic communities.

In consideration of these values and their critical importance to the future of our nation, the Foundation is committed to improving studentsknowledge about, and capacity to preserve, American democratic institutions. We therefore seek to partner with institutions that offer a liberal education while inspiring students to participate in the communities and political system they have inherited and which they must protect for posterity.

Knowledge for Freedom

Pathways to the Liberal Arts

Students and their families face myriad pressures as they navigate the process of enrolling in college. One of the most important decisions they can make in the college choice process is what to study. How can high school students get a deeper sense of what a rigorous liberal arts education offers so they can make educated choices about what to study as undergraduates? How can students who start their college careers at more affordable two-year institutions – and often express an interest in pursuing the liberal arts – be set on a well-marked pathway to complete the baccalaureate in the liberal arts? And how can students, regardless of where they are enrolled, have an enriching and enlarging liberal arts education that prepares them for lives of effective citizenship and satisfying work?

College-Community Connections

The Teagle Foundation has long felt a special responsibility to the community within which it operates and, over the years, has contributed to a wide range of organizations that improve the college-readiness of young people in New York City.
The College-Community Connections (CCC) initiative was developed in 2005 to expand college access services offered through New York City community-based organizations (CBOs) to include partnerships with colleges/universities located in the metropolitan area. The CBOs and institutions have collaborated to introduce high school students from underserved communities to liberal arts education, which cultivates in students higher order capacities that will not only equip them for jobs right out of college but also for the work they will do over the course of a lifetime.

By the Fall of 201377%

of CCC participants enrolled in college (higher than the national average of 66%)



The Teagle Foundation occasionally makes grants to support dissemination on the value of liberal arts education and best practices in teaching and learning in the arts and sciences.