NFTE is deeply grateful to our primary supporters (listed alphabetically) for their ongoing support of NFTE and the young people we serve around the world.


Carson Family Charitable Trust

The Carson Family Charitable Trust was established in 1990 in New York, and provides funding primarily for poverty relief and community development in New York City.  Its fields of interest include: community & economic development, the environment and natural resources, higher education, human services, art museums, and public health.


Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress in cities around the world and focuses on initiatives that expand financial inclusion. We collaborate with best-in-class partners to create measurable economic improvements that strengthen low-income families and communities. Through a "More than Philanthropy" approach, Citi's business resources and human capital enhance our philanthropic investments and impact.  For more information, visit their website.


Diana Davis Spencer Foundation

The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation is one of NFTE’s largest and longtime supporters.  The Foundation has fostered NFTE’s development and growth in virtually all aspects of our work through its strategic approach, which has encompassed support for general operations, capacity building, alumni services, events, and our endowment.  NFTE is grateful to the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation for its support of the young people we serve, and we also are deeply appreciative of the family members’ long-term service on our Board of Directors and Advisory Boards.  For more information about the Foundation, please visit their website.



E*TRADE has partnered with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship since 2005.  For the past two years, E*TRADE has been NFTE’s “Elevator Pitch Challenge” sponsor in which teen entrepreneurs competing in our National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge create an elevator pitch video to sell their idea to the world in 30 seconds.  E*TRADE was also instrumental in supporting the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Group, an initiative co-led by NFTE and the Aspen Institute, to design policy recommendations for implementing entrepreneurship education in low-income communities nationwide.  For more information about E*TRADE, please visit their website.



EY has supported NFTE’s work since 1998.  Our partnership entered a new, strategic phase in 2010.  EY executives participate as members of NFTE’s Board of Directors, local Advisory Boards in all 11 U.S. cities where NFTE has offices, and several international NFTE Advisory Boards.   The company provides a local community engagement champion in each market and has numerous employees volunteering their time and talent to support NFTE students and teachers.   NFTE is a signature partner at all EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards events – internationally, nationally, and locally—and these events honor numerous top NFTE alumni every year.   The EY/NFTE partnership is deeply aligned to promote and advance entrepreneurship throughout the U.S. and around the world.  For more information about Ernst & Young, please visit their website.


Gladys and Roland Harriman Foundation

The Gladys and Roland Harriman Foundation was established in 1966 in New York by the late Roland and Gladys Harriman. Roland Harriman was a co-founder of the banking firm Harriman Brothers, which merged with Brown Brothers & Co. to form Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. The foundation gives primarily for education; support is offered also for youth and social service agencies, arts and cultural organizations, and health agencies and hospitals.


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.  The Knight Foundation supports entrepreneurs and innovators: transformational leaders who work through an iterative process - researching, prototyping, testing, assessing and repeating the cycle as many times as needed - are moving the field forward. We support talented and skilled leaders; empower creative people and focus creative energies; and support diversity in leadership.  To learn more, visit their website. 



MasterCard is one of NFTE’s core U.S. program partners.  In addition to supporting our school-based programs across the nation, MasterCard is the Presenting Sponsor of NFTE’s 2014 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, associate sponsor of all 12 regional business plan competitions, and a lead partner of NFTE University teacher training and professional development, including the Global Enterprising Educators of the Year Awards.  MasterCard also supports NFTE through local volunteer involvement and national board leadership.  MasterCard is also a supporter to many of our licensed partners around the world.  For more information about MasterCard, please visit their website.  The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth was created to foster collaborative relationships between academia, governments, nonprofits, the social design community, and the private sector. Through the advancement of research and strategic philanthropic investments, we support and enable those historically excluded from financial services and serve as a catalyst for change. 



The NFTE-Microsoft partnership dates back to 1994.  Microsoft has provided countless resources to NFTE in the form of direct grants, in-kind product donations, Board member participation, employee volunteerism, and generous matching gifts.  Most recently, Microsoft is the Presenting Sponsor of NFTE’s World Series of Innovation (, a fun, experiential contest that challenges groups of students to think creatively and invent new products and services that address every-day needs.  As part of this program, Microsoft sponsored the Mobile Game Design and Mobile App Design categories.  Microsoft also recently hosted “Geek to Chic” events with NFTE in Washington DC and Chicago.  For more information about Microsoft, please visit their website.


The Moody's Foundation

The Moody's Foundation supports Moody’s Corporation’s contribution to people, planet and profit – the triple bottom line. The Moody’s Foundation is NFTE’s exclusive partner for a spring World Series of Innovation ideas contest that challenges students from around the world to think creatively about ways to gather and use information to enrich their communities. With our shared commitment to imparting critical 21st century skills and seeding entrepreneurial thinking about important issues, we are grateful for our partnership with The Moody's Foundation for making this opportunity available to our students. For more information about The Moody’s Foundation, please visit their website.


NYSE Euronext

The New York Stock Exchange has supported NFTE since 1999.  Most recently, the NYSE Euronext Foundation made a generous contribution to support NFTE’s regional business plan competition in Chicago and national Business Plan Competition in China.  In addition to program funding, NYSE has provided unique opportunities for NFTE students to see its operations up-close, including annually hosting our National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winners and our Global Young Entrepreneurs of the Year winners to ring the opening bell on the exchange floor to start the day’s trading.  For more information about NYSE Euronext, please visit their website.


Pitney Bowes Foundation

Since 2000, Pitney Bowes and NFTE have been partners in giving young people the business skills and confidence to unlock their true potential and find their own paths to success.   Pitney Bowes Foundation provides core support to our Headquarters, Fairchester, Greater Washington DC, New England and Dallas offices, including sponsoring the World Series of Innovation, Business Plan Competitions, BizCamps and E-Clubs.  For more information about Pitney Bowes, please visit their website.


PVBLIC Foundation

PVBLIC Foundation is an in-kind grant making organization that harnesses the power of unused media assets to drive social change. An aggregator of media across all platforms, they work strategically to pair media space with key non-profit organizations at the local, national and global levels.  Utilizing existing and emerging technologies, PVBLIC media grants increase awareness around important causes and help non-profits amplify their message. For more information please visit


SAP America
SAP and NFTE have been partners since 2005.  SAP has generously supported programs across the U.S., including BizCamps, Business Plan Competitions, and Teacher Training and Professional Development programs.  SAP employees participate as Board members and volunteers in many of our programs, lending their talents to serve as business plan coaches, competition judges and classroom speakers.  For more information about SAP, please visit their website.


Seedlings Foundation

Seedlings Foundation supports programs that nourish the physical and mental health of children and families, and foster an educated and engaged citizenship.  For more information visit their website.


The Coleman Foundation

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking foundation established in Illinois in 1951. The Foundation supports educational institutions offering entrepreneurship education, organizations providing cancer treatment, education and support, and agencies providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities only in the Chicago Metropolitan area - its primary geographical focus.  For more information, visit the website.


The Samberg Family Foundation

The Samberg Family Foundation supports healthy and productive living for children and youth, families and communities. Their vision is that all children and youth receive the requisite opportunities and support that enable them to reach their highest potential in and out of school, and are thus prepared for successful lives as adults.  For more information visit their website.


William H. Donner Foundation

The foundation developed out of the International Cancer Research Foundation, established in 1932 by William H. Donner. He devoted a great deal of his philanthropic efforts to cancer research, and established the International Cancer Research Foundation in 1932 to honor Joseph's memory. Toward the end of his lifetime, Mr. Donner turned much of his attention to Canada and established, in 1950, the Donner Canadian Foundation, one of Canada's largest national foundations. The Trustees and Officers of The William H. Donner Foundation have held steadfast to two key philanthropic principles of the founder--acceptance of clearly defined risks and the judicious use of incentive grants to advance thoughtful, creative projects.


Windsong Trust

Established in 2004 upon the death of Martin Crowley, the co-founder of the Patron Spirigs Company, which produces the popular Tequila of that name.  The Windsong Trust gives to support education of underpriviledged children across the globe.