Our Work

The work of the Impact Foundation

The SUNY Impact Foundation has multiple initiatives that promote access, completion and success for SUNY students throughout New York State.


Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)

SUNY EOP 50 years of access and success 150pxEstablished in 1967, SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is renowned for its effectiveness in providing college access and promoting student success for disadvantaged NYS residents who have academic promise but whose life circumstances have not permitted them to reach their potential. On the eve of the program’s 50th anniversary, we are seeking partnerships with external funders to expand and enhance this proven, evidence based strategy. We have $8M worth of Impact Opportunities to increase program enrollment, expand the number of campuses that offer Summer Bridge programs, support degree completion, and offer more Graduate School Opportunity programs.

On May 17, 2017, the SUNY Impact Foundation commemorated its launch with a 50th Anniversary Celebration of SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program in the iconic Rainbow Room of New York City. Over 240 attendees joined event host, Al Roker, in honoring the evening’s award recipients: Carl E. Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sunny Hostin, Cohost of ABC’s The View and Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News, and Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM. With strong corporate and philanthropic support, the event raised over half a million dollars to benefit the 47 EOPs across the SUNY system.

You can still make a tax deductible donation to SUNY's campaign for EOP.

Communities Against Hate

Communities Against Hate logoThe State University of New York (SUNY) Impact Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a Communities Against Hate grant from the Open Society Foundations. The grant enabled the SUNY Impact Foundation to fund diversity, equity and inclusion training at the Student Assembly Conference in April 2017 and will fund an additional training in the fall of 2017. In addition, the grant has enabled the creation of an emergency fund, named a Communities Against Hate fund, that can be used to compensate SUNY students in the wake of future hate crimes or act of discriminations.

A copy of the Criteria and Process Outline for campuses to request Communities Against Hate funding can be found here. While it is our hope that SUNY students never become the victims of hate crimes, discrimination, or any acts of aggression, the SUNY Impact Foundation is thankful to be in a position to provide financial assistance when and if such instances arise.

For those who have experienced or witnessed a hate incident and may benefit from access to legal resources and social services, they can visit Communities Against Hate online or call the hotline (1-844-9-NO-HATE or 1-844-966-4283) 

SUNY Strong

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In support of Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a statewide collection for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the SUNY Impact Foundation raised over $25,000 for Hurricane Harvey and future disaster relief. We are grateful for and proud of the outpouring of support from the SUNY community. Nearly $14,000 was raised to purchase, package and deliver needed supplies to the SUNY Maritime vessel, Empire State VI, activated by MARAD to aid in the recovery effort in Texas. Those supplies have been purchased and the Empire State VI is set to travel to Texas this month. The ship will be used to provide housing, power, food and water to first responders, thereby freeing up local hotel resources for displaced individuals. The Empire State VI has berthing for more than 600 people. The Empire State VI was similarly used to support relief operations for Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

To continue to amplify the power of SUNY, a donor seeded a SUNY Strong fund to enable SUNY to respond to natural disasters. Going forward, donations made to the SUNY Strong fund will be used to aid victims and communities of Hurricane Harvey and/or future natural disasters.


TeachNY logoTeachNY is a movement, led by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, to lift up the teaching profession and ensure that New York and the nation will have the high quality educators needed for the future. TeachNY is working to: promote the power of teaching; cement a clinical practice profession; secure investment in innovative educator preparation; improve transparency about supply and demand; and support the entire educator preparation pipeline. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded SUNY a $445,000 planning grant to support and expand TeachNY efforts to uplift the teaching profession by addressing perceived and real gaps in services and resources currently available to teachers. The Impact Foundation is seeking additional partnership opportunities to further this movement.

University-wide Health and Wellness

With one in every three NYS high school graduates choosing SUNY for their education, nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs each year, and nearly 10,000 students attending our four Academic Medical Centers, SUNY is a fully integrated healthcare enterprise. No other organization, public or private, can address New York’s health challenges as powerfully as SUNY. The Impact Foundation will partner with foundations, corporations, and individuals who share our vision of ensuring a healthier New York. Whether addressing food insecurity, nutrition, mental wellness, resilience, mindfulness or healthy lifestyle choices, the Impact Foundation seeks to spread effective health and wellness initiatives throughout the SUNY system.

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