Investing in organizations and initiatives that equip the children of Bridgeport, Connecticut with the necessary social and emotional skills to thrive academically and in life.

Who We Are
  • Tauck Family Foundation Announces Second Investee Cohort


    After a thorough and rigorous application and due diligence process, the Tauck Family Foundation is pleased to announce its Second Investee Cohort. more

  • Foundation receives award for Innovation in Philanthropy


    The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) named Tauck Family Foundation the recipient of the 2018 Nancy P. Roberts Award for Innovation in Philanthropy. The award was presented at CCP's Annual Conference on May 16, 2018. more


Too many children from low-income families are not gaining the skills they need to achieve educationally and break the cycle of poverty. This challenge is especially stark in Bridgeport, Connecticut—the largest and lowest performing district in the state with the widest achievement gap.

"The Tauck Family Foundation's commitment to investing in organizations and their capacity to develop and monitor skills like self-control and persistence in low-income elementary students is on the cutting edge of philanthropy." -Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania


We aim to strengthen the capacity of non-profits to drive towards better social and emotional outcomes for the young people they serve.

Our vision is for children in Bridgeport, Connecticut to be empowered and successful in their education and reach their full potential.

We will support our investees to develop theories of change, improve performance and outcomes management systems, and increase program effectiveness.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” -Harriet Tubman
  • SOCIAL INVESTING: We are focused on strengthening our non-profit investees over time to build their capacity to manage to better outcomes.

  • SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING: We are focused on supporting organizations to develop, measure, and monitor social and emotional skills that contribute to children's well-being and academic success.

  • STUDENTS: We are focused on supporting organizations and initiatives serving students across the educational continuum of early childhood through middle school.

  • BRIDGEPORT, CT: We are focusing our resources on organizations and initiatives serving children in one city: Bridgeport, Connecticut.

“What matters most is whether we are able to help a child develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, and self confidence.” Paul Tough, Author

The Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT) helps non-profits self-assess their organizational capacity, including managing to outcomes over time.


Learn about our first portfolio of non-profit investees and the SEL work underway at these four outstanding organizations.


We will hold ourselves accountable for two sets of outcomes: the organizational capacity of non-profits and the social and emotional capacity of the children they serve.

We worked with the non-profit research firm, Child Trends, to select five SEL skills and develop an instrument that our investees can use to measure and monitor them.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt