About Us

More than 16 million children live in poverty in the United States. That’s 22 percent of American children. And that’s why we exist. We help children exit poverty — and we’ve been doing so for 48 years.

The Bainum story began in 1968 with Stewart Bainum. He wanted to give children in poverty the opportunity to break the bonds of their circumstances through access to high-quality educational opportunities and services.

Partners, educators and parents joined his cause, and today thousands of young people who once had limited opportunities have college degrees and jobs instead.

How do we help these children succeed? Well, we’re part researcher, part organizer, part educator, part investor. We inspire children to ask questions like, “What if?” and “Why not?” Questions that can change their future — and the world.