Media Alert: Harlem Educational Activities Fund Celebrates Innovators & Disruptors at Virtual Gala

New York, NY – October 29, 2020: The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) celebrated its 16th Annual Gala last night, the first as a virtual event.  Focused on Innovation and Disruption, honorees Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman & CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, and Alexandra Alger, Board Member of HEAF and Alger Funds were recognized for exceptional advocacy in education and making strides toward disrupting the status quo.

The event marked HEAF’s first-ever virtual gala. Online attendees had the opportunity to hear from the honorees and other thought leaders across business and the nonprofit world on critical social justice and education issues, including an honest and in-depth discussion about racial inequity and socio-economic disparities contributing to gaps in education from the earliest grades through to leadership opportunities in business featuring Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA, joined by Ursula Burns, former Chairman & CEO of Xerox and VEON, Senior Advisor at Teneo, and Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.

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Media Alert: Harlem Educational Activities Fund to Celebrate Innovators & Disruptors at 2020 Virtual Gala

October 28, 2020

Harlem Educational Activities Fund to Celebrate Innovators & Disruptors

Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman & CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures,,
and Alexandra Alger, Board Member of HEAF and Alger Funds
to be Honored at HEAF Virtual Gala

New York, NY – October 26, 2020: The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is celebrating its 16th Annual Gala and is pleased to honor Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman & CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, and Alexandra Alger, Board Member of HEAF and Alger Funds for their exceptional advocacy in education.

HEAF is a 31-year old education non-profit focused on college access and success for underserved minority youth in New York City. The organization has an unparalleled impact: 100% of HEAF’s high school seniors graduate from high school on time and gain admission to college, more than 80% earn bachelor’s degrees in six years, and 35% continue to earn advanced degrees.

News Article: Prepping students for college and beyond

February 20, 2020

Is HEAF one of the city’s best kept secrets? With a 100% college acceptance rate, we had to spill the beans about the programs and services we offer starting in middle school to help some of NYC’s most deserving kids. Our CEO Ruth Rathblott and young alum Lord Crawford, a current [@mention Columbia University] student, discuss the continuum of educational, development and leadership opportunities HEAF provides in this article in the Manhattan Times.

Media Advisory: HEAF to honor David Levin and Bruce L. Warwick of Related Companies at 12th Annual Gala

October 18th, 2016
NEW YORK, N.Y. The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is hosting its 12th Annual Gala and is pleased to honor David Levin, President and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education, and Bruce L. Warwick, Vice Chairman of Related Companies, for their unwavering dedication to students and steadfast support of education.  HEAF is an eleven-year college access and success program for underserved minority youth in New York City with an unparalleled impact; 100% of HEAF’s high school seniors graduate from high school on time and gain admissions to college, more than 80% earn bachelor’s degrees in six years, and 35% continue to earn advanced degrees.

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HEAF Celebrates New Space with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

September 30, 2015
Hundreds of our donors, friends and supporters gathered at the HEAF headquarters to celebrate the completion of our newly renovated space, officially opening them with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 29th. The Green Tree Mall in Clarksville is celebrating the completion of a major makeover. Renovations included a brand new, modernized facility with additional classroom space, updated technology and a new student lounge.

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HEAF Graduate Shay Stinson Featured in the Harlem Times

August 10, 2015
Brownsville native Shay Stinson, one of HEAF’s earliest alumni was featured in the August edition of The Harlem Times. Stinson, who credits HEAF for a great deal of her success, is now a Major in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and preparing to attend the Army’s Command and General Staff School in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Time Warner Cable helps fund STEM at HEAF

July 27th, 2016
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) was recently awarded a $10,000 grant through Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative. HEAF used awarded funds to enhance and continue its STEM and Digital Literacy programming, which ran from July 2015 through June 2016 and served a total of 215 middle school students.

Time Warner Cable helps fund STEM at HEAF

July 27th, 2016
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) was recently awarded a $10,000 grant through Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative. HEAF used awarded funds to enhance and continue its STEM and Digital Literacy programming, which ran from July 2015 through June 2016 and served a total of 215 middle school students.

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Harlem Educational Activities Fund Receives STEM Funding from Time Warner Cable

October 13, 2015
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) was awarded a $5,000 grant in 2014 through Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative. HEAF used awarded funds to enhance and continue its Science of Smart Cities program, which ran from October 2014 through May 2015 and served a total of 20 7th and 8th grade students.

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