Founded in 1986 by William J. Ruane, The Carmel Hill Fund is focused on helping young people, especially those growing up in vulnerable circumstances, become voracious readers who also have the skills, relationships, nurturing environments, and supports to become emotionally thriving adults.
The Carmel Hill Fund strives to carry forward Mr. Ruane’s empathetic vision and creative problem-solving by funding programs that encourage social and emotional learning, reading skills and motivation, and mental health supports. Grantees are considered partners in addressing issues of mutual concern, and their advice and expertise is valued and respected. Below are examples of current partnerships.
The NYC Reads Initiative combines the collective effort of partner organizations with the strength inherent in the East Harlem, East New York, and South Jamaica communities to create a culture of literacy. At the heart of Reads is the belief that literacy is the key to all future learning and a shared commitment by all partners to work together to support children in attaining—and exceeding—reading proficiency.Link
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.Link
We believe that young people can be a powerful force in the fight for a more inclusive and equitable technology ecosystem that promotes wellbeing. However, cultural, social, and infrastructural barriers often prevent youth-led organizations and intergenerational partnerships from accessing funding and realizing their full power and potential in shaping responsible technology. The Responsible Technology Youth Power Fund is a first of its kind philanthropic initiative aimed at supporting youth and intergenerationally led organizations shaping the responsible technology movement, which includes efforts to address adolescent mental health.Link
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!”Dr. Seuss, American Author
The Carmel Hill Fund is focused on helping young people, especially those growing up in vulnerable circumstances, become voracious readers who also have the skills, relationships, nurturing environments, and supports to become emotionally thriving adults.Who We Are