Our Mission

To identify and support programs that help middle and high school students connect their education to their future career choices by providing the resources and opportunities they need to investigate, explore, and experience the array of career options in a 21st-century global economy.

Our Goal

To support career education and career exploration programs that enable students to make informed career decisions.

Programs We Fund

The Schwab Foundation funds programs with clearly defined goals, objectives/outcomes, and  sound evaluation plans. In some cases, the Schwab Foundation is also willing to consider funding  for planning grants and/or carefully controlled innovative pilot programs. 

Other key elements we consider:

  • A clear connection to the funding priorities of the Schwab Foundation
  • A focus on a diverse student population
  • Reasonable expenditure per student served (Programs that serve a smaller number of  students if the impact for those students is high)
  • Goals must be measurable

We do not fund:

  • Educational scholarships
  • General operations
  • Capital improvements
  • Equipment that is unrelated to the grant proposal
  • Salaries (unless the position is fully associated with the program we fund)
  • And no more than 10% of any award may be used for food