Partnering to eliminate disparities in education
Established in August 2020 in partnership with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the Fairfield County Business Collaborative for Education Equity is a multi-year local impact and funding collaborative to help reduce and eliminate educational disparities among Fairfield County’s most vulnerable pre-K through 12+ students, their parents and guardians, as well as teachers and staff. The Collaborative serves the Greater Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk, and Stamford regions by supporting local nonprofit organizations and initiatives with financial contributions, employee volunteerism and expertise, mentorship and internship opportunities, and other resources.
The Fairfield County Business Collaborative for Education Equity seeks to support initiatives that:
• Prioritize community feedback, engagement, and leadership
• Take aim at system change levers for sustained impact
• Test innovative solutions
• Connect to local and regional collective impact work
In 2023, the BCEE commissioned a study – Building Tomorrow’s Workforce – to identify more efficient ways to address the specific and systemic barriers “Opportunity Youth” and the business community face in strengthening the workforce system.
At the core, it calls for a more fully representative consortium of local nonprofits, employers, educational institutions, and government operating together with an integrated, collaborative strategy.
Read more about the study’s findings by downloading the Executive Summary below.
Fairfield County businesses are working together to connect students with tools for success.
“We believe children deserve equitable access to academic opportunities, regardless of their financial circumstances. In a very short time, we have seen the strength in working together and the promise that this partnership can accomplish. I invite all other companies who call Fairfield County home to join this effort and help build a better future for all of our children and communities.”
Kathleen RYAN MUFSON
Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, Pitney Bowes
President, Pitney Bowes Foundation
Founding members of the Collaborative include Bank of America, First County Bank, Lapine Associates, Pitney Bowes, Synchrony, Tudor Foundation, and Xerox, in partnership with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF).
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Interested in joining the Fairfield County Business Collaborative as a corporate member? Contact us using the info below.