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

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The 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 system-wide trainings in 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, including sexual violence.

You can read a copy of the Criteria and Process Outline for campuses to request Communities Against Hate funding. 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 Student Emergency Fund Pilot Program

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Thanks to support from the Gerstner Family Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children, the SUNY Impact Foundation is working with these granting foundations on the administration and data collection of a SUNY Student Emergency Fund pilot program. Emergency funds have been established at seven SUNY campuses: University at Albany, University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, Cayuga Community College, Dutchess Community College, SUNY Oneonta, and SUNY Orange. The funds will enable these campuses to rapidly respond to students experiencing unforeseen financial hardships due to situations such as homelessness or threat of eviction, medical emergency, natural disaster, domestic violence, theft, and loss of employment. Examples of eligible expenses include rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, medical expenses, back-up child care, back-up transportation, and replacement of stolen items needed for school.  Pilot programs commence in the Spring 2018 term.


P-TECH Scholarship Fund

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In honor of SUNY Trustee and IBM International Foundation president emeritus, Stanley S. Litow, with thanks to the generosity of the IBM Corporation, the SUNY Impact Foundation has established the Stanley S. Litow P-TECH Scholarship Fund. P-TECH schools are innovative, public, grade 9-14 schools that bring together high school, college, and career. Within six-years, students graduate with a no-cost Associates degree in applied science, engineering, computers, and related disciplines, along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step easily into information technology jobs. 


The Stanley S. Litow P-TECH Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to New York State P-TECH graduates who meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship award, applicants must be on track to graduate from their P-TECH school with an Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Science degree; plan to continue their education at a four-year SUNY institution in the same degree field as their Associate degree; and submit a complete application by March 1, 2018.

For further information about eligibility, guidelines, and other requirements, please view:

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SUNY Strong

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.

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