What We Do

Theory of Change

Continuing the Legacy of Fred K. Conn

Mission:  The Conn Memorial Foundation provides leadership and grants to Hillsborough County nonprofits and schools supporting the social-emotional growth and educational achievement of children and youth in low-income neighborhoods and the success of nonprofit and school leaders.

Theory of Change / Downloadable

Population Focus

  • Children and Youth in low-income neighborhoods in Hillsborough County
  • Leaders in Hillsborough County’s nonprofits and schools


  • Develop Leaders to Strengthen Nonprofits and Schools
  • Promote Effective Partnerships
  • Facilitate Strategic Collaborations
  • Increase Family Engagement
  • Improve Social-Emotional Growth and Academic Achievement
  • Improve Quality and Success of Programs

Guiding Principles

  • Investing Strategically for Impact
  • Empowering Individuals and Organizations
  • Collaborating Purposefully
  • Building Community Assets
  • Creating Systemic Change
  • Measuring Programs with Data Driven Strategies

Education Pipeline Initiatives

Early Childhood

Support for early education programs serving low-income children and families

  • Convene a Learning Community
  • Resource Development
  • Best-Practice Development
  • Improved Evaluation and Data Collecting
  • Tampa Preschool Partnership


Targeted and collaborative engagement in SulphurSprings

  • Child-Focused Education Model with Family Engagement
    - Pipeline Focus (Cradle to Career)
    - Tipping Point (60% of the Neighborhood)
  • Supporting Community, Social Services and School District Partnerships


Improve the capacity of high impact schools serving low-income children and families to learn best practices and strategies to increase high school graduation rates, post secondary education and/or career success

  • Convene a Facilitated Peer Exchange
  • Support and Fund Select Schools
  • Communicate Findings to Take to Scale

Out-of-School Time

Align out of school programming to impact social-emotional growth and educational achievement

  • After-School Programs
  • Summer Programs

Capacity Building Initiatives

Conn Foundation Board and Staff

Provide leadership, support and advocacy

  • Networking
  • Grant Evaluation
  • Mentoring
  • Staff Leadership of Early Education
  • Neighborhood-based and School-based initiatives

Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and University of Tampa Nonprofit Certificate Program

Strengthen the operations of nonprofits by providing professional education and development to nonprofit leaders

  • Board Development
  • Marketing
  • Executive Leadership
  • Finance
  • Fund Development


  • Social Emotional Growth in Children and Youth
  • Increased Educational Achievement
  • Successful Leaders in Hillsborough County’s Nonprofits and Schools