Ulysses S. Grant Foundation
PO BOX 200082
New Haven CT 06520-0082
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 200082
New Haven, CT 06520-0082
Telephone (203) 624 x6523
Fax 203-N/A
E-mail janna@aya.yale.edu
Web and Social Media
The mission of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation (U.S. Grant) program is to provide high-quality, supplementary education to, and develop educational opportunities for motivated and promising students from New Haven.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
1. Financial aid for students who need it

For the entire six-week program, families are asked to pay $75, which doesn’t come close to covering our costs. Nearly half of our students were granted full need-based scholarships in order to attend Grant this past summer. We are proud to be able to welcome every student who is accepted to U.S. Grant, but this openness depends on securing financial support from friends and supporters.

To learn more about how your $75 donation can impact a student's life, please view our video from summer 2015 found here: https://vimeo.com/135498037
2. Summer salary for an energetic and committed student teacher
Our teachers create enriching academic experiences for the students by crafting quality classes and creating safe, fun, and stimulating learning environments. U.S Grant has been a transformational experience, not just for our students but for the program co-directors, and our entire teacher team. Please consider sponsoring part or all of a teacher's summer salary. The full cost is $3500.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date 30 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1953
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director There is no CEO or ED. Organization is run by volunteers.
Board Chair Janna Wagner
Board Chair Company Affiliation All Our Kin
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
The mission of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation (U.S. Grant) program is to provide high-quality, supplementary education to, and develop educational opportunities for motivated and promising students from New Haven.
U.S. Grant is an educational enrichment program that connects motivated and talented middle school students from New Haven’s public schools with Yale undergraduates committed to education for a six-week academic program held on the campus of Yale University.
U.S. Grant was founded by a group of Yale students in 1953, and it remains a student-driven organization. Our program is now supported by a Board of Directors made up of former U.S. Grant students and teachers, Yale alumni and members of the larger New Haven community. During the summer, though, it is run on a daily basis by the staff of Yale students, which includes two student directors.
Since 1953, the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation (U.S. Grant) has drawn on the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to run an academic summer program. This program serves bright middle school students from the New Haven Public Schools who might have limited academic opportunities and resources. The program’s main objectives are to offer high-quality educational enrichment opportunities and to nurture a love for learning.
This past year our accomplishments were:  
-Provided a high-quality six-week summer program to 71 middle school students on Yale's campus for our 64th year
-Supported and trained 9 Yale undergraduates in teaching and guiding middle school students with the support of Smith College Teacher Preparation
-Diverse student body served. Students were from 18 different schools across New Haven and 77% were students of color.
1. Increased funding for rising costs
U.S. Grant runs on a shoestring budget. We run a high-quality summer program at a very low cost serving between 70-80 students annually. Families pay $75 to participate and we have scholarships for all students who need them. We also offer bus passes and lunch for all who need them. We could serve more students if we had more Yale teachers and a larger space.
2. Board volunteers
We need more Board members with diverse skills and experiences. We could benefit from volunteers with development and fundraising experience and legal expertise. 
3. Development support
We need a development plan to ensure U.S. Grant's sustainability and future.
4. Strategic planning
We would benefit from engaging in a strategic planning process.
5. Alumnae tracking and development 
U.S. Grant has almost 1000 Yale teacher alumni. We have access to their contact information through Yale. We also have student alumni but don't have good records. We would like a plan to find and contact our student alumni. 
Board Chair Statement
Now in its sixty-third year, U.S. Grant is the longest-running community service program affiliated with Yale. Grant’s roots in the community run deep; older relatives of some current students fondly recall the days they spent on Yale’s campus as students in the program years ago.
For over a half-century, the U.S. Grant Program has offered intellectual challenges and opportunities to talented and gifted New Haven students. They benefit from engagement with rigorous academic coursework, the development of important and sustained relationships with college students, and immersion in the world of higher education. New Haven students are not the only beneficiaries, though. Yale undergraduate teachers explore their own interests and talents by teaching the material to others, and forge a commitment to public service while inspiring a new generation of scholars. Their teaching experience at Grant often serves as the beginning of a career in education. Many of our teacher alumni have taught after graduation through Teach for America, other teacher fellowship programs or pursued graduate degrees or other professional positions relating to education. At U.S. Grant, both teachers and students benefit, moving onto further academic and personal success.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas Served
New Haven
Middle school students in the New Haven public, charter and parochial schools

The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation Summer Program is a 64-year old academic enrichment program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven. Yale undergraduates design and teach hands-on, stimulating classes on a range of disciplines. Participating middle school students acquire knowledge and skills while the undergraduate teachers gain a deeper mastery of their own class material as well as the essentials of good teaching. Conducted in small classroom settings on the Yale University campus, U. S. Grant’s six-week summer program offers small project-based classes and intellectual challenges and opportunities that might not be available in the normal classroom setting.

Founded in 1953, Ulysses S. Grant is the longest running community service program affiliated with Yale University. Since its founding, Grant has drawn on the experiences and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to challenge students so they can acquire the academic preparation and skills they will need to enter and succeed in college, while also teaching students how to excel in their current school environment.

The summer program and classes

The student plays an active role in the classroom. Classes are fun, interdisciplinary, hands-on, and activity based. Cooperative learning is at the heart of the Grant class. Students learn to work together and take classes that are student-driven and student-based. Their interests help focus the classroom’s topics, lesson and projects. In addition, students learn by working on projects that have real-life applications. At U.S. Grant, the city and university are the students’ laboratory. Access to community and university resources rest at the foundation of the program.

Our teachers create enriching academic experiences for the students by crafting quality classes and creating safe, fun, and stimulating learning environments. U.S Grant has been a transformational experience, not just for our students but for the undergraduate teacher team.


Population Served / /
Description U.S. Grant runs a six-week summer program for 70-80 middle schools students. The program is run by Yale students on Yale's campus. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / At-Risk Populations /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
CEO/Executive Director
There is no CEO or ED. Organization is run by volunteers.
Experience   There is no CEO or ED. The organization is run by volunteers.
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Dwight Hall at Yale, Squash Haven, the New Haven Public Schools
CEO Comments

The U.S. Grant staff is composed entirely of Yale undergraduates. Each staff member is carefully chosen through an application and interview process conducted by former summer program directors and members of the Board of Directors. 

Teachers are selected on the basis of their academic excellence, experience in education, experience in and understanding of city youth, commitment to educational equity and public service, and enthusiasm for the job. We aim to create a team of teachers who can work together and bring a diversity of talents and backgrounds to the program.

Board Chair
Janna Wagner
Company Affiliation All Our Kin
Term May 2016 to May 2017
Board of Directors
Priscilla Faustini William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
Erin Johnson Yale University
Karen King Yale University
Susan Lamar CPA
Claudia Merson Yale University
Carmel Paleski SUNY Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center, BMCC/CUNY
Janmarie Pena
Sam Purdy Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Justin Taylor Hartford Public Schools
Loreto Thompson retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Biracial
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Standing Committees
CEO Comments
Former teachers and students are members on the Board of Directors. 
We have an admissions standing committee.  
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2017
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $68,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Audit Documents
Profit & Loss2016
Profit & Loss2015
IRS Letter of Exemption
Determination letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$65,047$56,011$47,784
Administration Expense$9,734$9,343$8,623
Fundraising Expense--$1,455$1,349
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.271.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%84%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%4%5%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$610,417$602,037$599,161
Current Assets$22,841$25,142$17,789
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$17,323$25,050$8,870
Total Net Assets$593,094$576,987$590,291
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund $15,000The Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund $15,000Yale College - HHMI $13,790
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountYale University $5,000Yale University $10,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.321.002.01
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments The $8,000 difference between the current projected income ($60,000) and the projected expenses ($68,000) is due to the conclusion of long-term grant that wasn't renewed.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address PO BOX 200082
New Haven, CT 065200082
Primary Phone 203 624 6523
Contact Email janna@aya.yale.edu
CEO/Executive Director There is no CEO or ED. Organization is run by volunteers.
Board Chair Janna Wagner
Board Chair Company Affiliation All Our Kin


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