Lifting children and families out of cycles of poverty and disadvantage was the life’s purpose of our founder Fred K. Conn. Inspired by his legacy, the Conn Memorial Foundation continues to help children from low-income families in Hillsborough County succeed in school and life from day one by strategically investing in their educational achievement and in the leaders and organizations dedicated to supporting them.
We invite you to explore the impact of our work during 2022-23 that focuses on three key areas within Hillsborough County:
By thinking differently about our youngest children’s educational journey, we're better preparing those in areas of greatest need for kindergarten and life.
By increasing collaboration among private and charter schools, we're creating clear and unobstructed paths to graduation for every student.
By funding and facilitating learning experiences for local educators and nonprofit leaders, we're strengthening organizations and our community.
Not only does the Conn Memorial Foundation fund initiatives and organizations to promote early learning and excellence in leadership; we actively participate in the work — rolling up our sleeves alongside our partners to advance systemic change. Together, we will create a future where every child in Hillsborough County grows up to be a successful citizen with the skills and support to succeed as leaders who impact our community for good.
With a laser focus on the benefits of early education, the Conn Memorial Foundation works closely with the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, a nonprofit that works to ensure all our community’s youngest children grow up to achieve anything they can imagine by providing the best possible early learning experiences and supporting the families and teachers who care for them. Read about their impact below.