[We] believe that investing in our children’s development from the earliest age is  the single most important contribution we can make to the health and wellbeing  of our citizens, their capacity, and the future prosperity of our state. –Jay Weatherill

Children, Youth, and Education

Carl and Leah McConnell cared deeply about the children and youth of their communities and supported with their personal wealth many organizations that help our region’s young people. And since its inception, the Foundation has also invested significantly in the children and youth of Northern California. From 1989 through 2023, the Foundation invested almost $45 million in children, youth, and education-related programs in our communities.

Note to Colleagues and Grantseekers

As indicated on the Children, Youth, and Education Program Priorities webpage, the Foundation’s Children, Youth, and Education program invests in long-term programs developed in collaboration with our community partners. The McConnell Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for Children, Youth, and Education grants. However, we appreciate collegial exchanges of knowledge, lessons learned, and being apprised of children, youth, and education work others are doing in our region. If you are doing Children, Youth, and Education work in Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties and have an interest in communicating with us, please contact Kelly Salter by using the email contact form.

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