Based in Los Angeles, ECMC Foundation is a national foundation that makes investments in postsecondary programs and initiatives. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis, which together work to help students succeed.

The Foundation makes investments in two focus areas*: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to fund both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with its grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation's vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

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  • College Success is focused on increasing the number of college students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including low-income and first-generation populations, who pursue and attain bachelor's degrees. Learn more about the College Success portfolio.

  • Career Readiness is committed to connecting adults with limited or no education beyond high school to career pathways that allow for economic mobility and a family-sustaining wage. Learn more about the Career Readiness portfolio.


To inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes —especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation.


All learners unlock their fullest potential.

Learn more about our Mission and Vision.


Long-Term Investments: We endeavor to make long-term investments—either alone or by leveraging the work of other nonprofit, public, private and philanthropic partners—that improve academic achievement among underserved students as they prepare themselves for higher education and careers.

Entrepreneurial: We are willing to be entrepreneurial and to take risk with a preponderance of our grantmaking dollars, understanding that failure is a natural part of generating discoveries; we will support innovation and a willingness to experiment with a bias toward ideas that can be scaled to benefit large numbers of students.

Evaluation and Measurement: We will require evaluation and measurement in all that we do, and recognize our obligation to share the results of our work to help educate and improve the field, free of charge and available to all.

Research and Reforms: We support important research and reforms that help people prepare for college and careers.

*Effective December 1, 2017, ECMC Foundation no longer makes investments in the Teacher and Leader Development focus area. The Foundation is committed to honoring all existing grants made by or before that date, and will officially close the final grant in June 2020. Read about Teacher and Leader Development.