Celebrating 65 Years!

What We Do

Theory of Change 2018-19

Continuing the Legacy of Fred K. Conn

Mission:  The Conn Memorial Foundation provides leadership and grants to organizations in Hillsborough County that support the educational achievement of children and youth in low-income neighborhoods and that strengthen the capacity of leaders in preschools, schools and social service organizations.


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Population Focus

  • Children and youth from Hillsborough County’s low-income neighborhoods
  • Leaders from Hillsborough County’s preschools, schools and social service organizations


  • Develop leaders to strengthen organizations
  • Promote effective partnerships focused on parent engagement and educational pipelines
  • Facilitate strategic collaborations for systemic solutions and demonstration projects between early childhood and K-12th education
  • Improve academic achievement and social-emotional learning through development and support of educational pipelines
  • Improve Kindergarten Readiness and 3rd Grade Reading rates
  • Improve quality and success of programs

Guiding Principles

  • Invest resources strategically for impact
  • Empower individuals and organizations
  • Collaborate purposefully
  • Strengthen community assets
  • Support systemic change
  • Measure effectiveness with data-driven strategies


Education Pipeline Initiatives

Identify and develop educational pipelines for birth - 12th grade with a primary focus on birth - 5th grade in Title 1 schools with a positive tipping point (60%+ student stability and 40%+ Kindergarten Readiness and 3rd Grade Reading rates). Support dynamic and collaborative engagement of caregivers, educators and social service leaders.


Sulphur Springs Community School

  • Neighborhood focused educational pipeline
  • Neighborhood focused Caregiver/Child Together Programs: Birth – 5 years
  • Community School Model
  • Promise Neighborhood Model

Growing Up Great in Town ‘n’ Country

  • Neighborhood focused educational pipeline
  • School focused Caregiver/Child Together Programs: Birth – 3 years
  • Public/Private Preschool (3 and 4 years) strategy focused on kindergarten readiness alignment


Private/Charter Schools

  • Choice focused educational pipeline
  • Further develop early childhood education strategy at St. Joseph’s Catholic School
  • Support development of the Cristo Rey model (private Title 1 college preparatory school with work-study program)


Tampa Preschool Partnership

  • Develop high-impact preschools
  • Kindergarten readiness alignment
  • Explore creating educational pipelines

Capacity Building Initiatives

Conn Foundation Board and Staff

Provide leadership, support and advocacy

  • Organizational Networking
  • Early Childhood Education
  • K-12th Education

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

Strengthen capacity through professional development and leadership education

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

Private/Public Innovative Partnerships

Identify strategic and replicable demonstration projects for partnerships. Advocate for public partners around coordination and planning

  • Early Learning Coalition
  • School District
  • Teach Me Early, Hillsborough
  • Grade-Level Reading


  • Educational achievement that leads to increased high school graduation rates, successful post-secondary experiences, and careers that pay a living wage.
  • Successful leaders in Hillsborough County’s preschools, schools and social service organizations.