The Real Estate Council’s Community Partners Program Awards $100,000 to Uplift Education
DALLAS.– Uplift Education (Uplift), a nonprofit that operates public charter schools in the Dallas metropolitan area, received an early holiday gift in the form of a $100,000 grant underwritten by Citigroup Foundation and The Real Estate Council Foundation. The grant covered renovation costs for Williams Preparatory, an Uplift school that has an Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency, to convert office space into classrooms.
The grant is part of TREC’s Community Partners Program, which researches deserving agencies and then matches them with companies, and the technical assistance of TREC members.
“We appreciate The Real Estate Council and Citigroup Foundation for believing in our mission of creating the best charter schools in the area,” said Rosemary Perlmeter, founder and executive director of Uplift Education. “Charter schools receive significantly less funding from the state than do regular public schools. Therefore, these grants are critical in helping us provide a quality education for our students.”
Debbie Taylor, Southwest Regional Director and Texas State Director for Citi North America Community Relations, said, “The Citi Foundation is committed to high quality education and to increasing students’ access to college. This grant will allow Williams Preparatory to do that, and we’re happy to support their efforts.” Williams Preparatory is one of five public charter schools operated by Uplift Education, whose mission is “to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential and inspire a lifelong love of learning, achievement, service, and responsible citizenship.”
Founded in 2007, Williams Preparatory has received tremendous support and vision from Abby and Todd Williams. Mr. Williams, a former TREC chairman and Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Mrs. Williams, who chairs Williams Preparatory’s board, expressed a desire to start a school, which is named after their family.
Michelle Corson, president of The Real Estate Council, said, “With any grant, The Real Estate Council includes our members’ volunteer expertise, which so far has included legal, zoning and real estate assistance. It’s a beneficial way to stretch those dollars and increase the rate on investment. We are now working with Uplift on a mentor program and speakers series, called ‘Road to College,’ to introduce students to real estate and other careers.”
Perlmeter concluded, “We, like TREC and Citigroup, are interested in long-term efforts to improve Dallas. A strong education system will go hand-in-hand with building a strong workforce, and a better Dallas. At the end of the day, all our interests are aligned.”
About TREC and TREC
Founded in 1990, The Real Estate Council is comprised of 1,600 commercial real estate professionals representing more than 500 companies in the Dallas area and 10,000 employees. Through The Real Estate Council Foundation, grants and professional assistance are provided to local organizations focused on community revitalization and affordable housing. With a grant of $1.5 million, TREC is currently spearheading efforts to build a deck park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway. TREC Foundation has also been instrumental in creating the Urban Land Bank, providing $250,000 in funding and $6.3 million in pro bono legal and title services.
About Uplift Education:
Uplift Education is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996 to operate schools that provide a quality, college-preparatory education to low-income students. The mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential and inspire a lifelong love of learning, achievement, service, and responsible citizenship. Uplift schools provide a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, with an emphasis on college preparation. This educational approach helps Uplift schools prepare students for the global community in which they live and offers a program modeled on international standards. Uplift currently serves over 3,300 students in 14 school programs on five campuses across the metroplex: Hampton Preparatory, North Hills Preparatory, Peak Preparatory, Summit International Preparatory and Williams Preparatory. By school year 2013, Uplift will serve over 7,400 students in 20 school programs. It is Uplift’s goal to dramatically increase the number of students from all backgrounds who are provided a high quality public education.
About Citi Foundation:
The Citi Foundation is committed to enhancing economic opportunities for underserved individuals and families in the communities where we work throughout the world. Globally, the Citi Foundation is focusing its giving on Microfinance and Microentrepreneurship, which helps individuals become economically self-sufficient; Small and Growing Businesses, leading to economic expansion and job creation; Education, which prepares young people for personal and professional success; Financial Education, which helps individuals make informed financial decisions; and the Environment with a focus on sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and stimulate economic growth while preserving the environment.