WE'LL CHANGE THIS WORLD 
ONE CHILD AT A TIME

WE'LL CHANGE
THIS WORLD 
ONE CHILD
AT A TIME

Investing in the Future:

"With education comes opportunity, with opportunity comes hope.. and with hope a future."

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"With education comes opportunity, with opportunity comes hope.. and with hope a future."

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Improving lives and outcomes within our communities

Improving lives and outcomes within our communities

One of the most meaningful and powerful ways to fight inequality, poverty and injustice is through education. When children and youth fall behind due to family problems, illnesses or social inequity, the resources to catch up usually don’t exist. And once behind, catching up (let alone establishing the foundational knowledge children need) can be nearly impossible to self correct. We offer resources, hope and opportunity to students who may not otherwise be able to progress, and build fellowship within underserved communities. Some of the ways we're impactful are noted below:

Be Resourceful

Access to information leads to greater progress as well as better informed decisions. We serve as a hub to various, curated resources that are available to help organize, inspire and provide guidance within our communities. 

Pay it Forward

When we give, we replenish a part of our own selves with compassion and fulfillment. All of our foundation's efforts are future-focused, cater to creating safe spaces of opportunity, and highlight the potential of those we serve. 

Be Impactful

Our work transcends the 'here and now' and plants seeds of harvest that have the ability to alter future generations for the better. We aim to highlight the importance of legacy-building, a commitment we actively contribute to every day.

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A Life of Leadership & Dedication:

Pastor Lewis M. Anthony

Lewis Marco Anthony was born on March 4,1952 in Washington, DC. He was a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church who led congregations in Washington and helped bridge the city’s religious and political communities through his high-profile work around the nation’s capital and the country.

As a 17-year-old student at Anacostia High School he was tapped to speak at the rededication of RFK Stadium in honor of the slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.).

Pastor Anthony, a Columbia University and Harvard Law School graduate, began the process of ordination soon after returning home from law school in the late 1970s. He additionally served as an adviser for youth affairs for Walter E. Washington, and later became a speechwriter and religious liaison for Mayor Marion Barry Jr. He led Metropolitan Wesley and Varick Memorial Churches, and prior to his passing he shepherded St. Lucille A.M.E. Zion Church.

In 2000, Rev. Anthony was in the first class of inductees into the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his work as a “widely traveled speaker, teacher and preacher” and was regarded as one of the city’s most poetic, eloquent and in-demand speakers, a stalwart of commencement-day addresses, political conclaves, community gatherings, memorial services, prayer breakfasts, and pulpits of all denominations.

“Rev. Anthony was the opening act for any politician of consequence,” noted political commentator Mark Plotkin “He was a must for the invocation and the benediction.”

We continue to celebrate Pastor Anthony’s life through our work and he continues to serve as an inspiration for our Foundation daily.

A Life of Dedication & Leadership:

Pastor Lewis M. Anthony

Lewis Marco Anthony was born on March 4,1952 in Washington, DC. He was a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church who led congregations in Washington and helped bridge the city’s religious and political communities through his high-profile work around the nation’s capital and the country.

As a 17-year-old student at Anacostia High School he was tapped to speak at the rededication of RFK Stadium in honor of the slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.).

Pastor Anthony, a Columbia University and Harvard Law School graduate, began the process of ordination soon after returning home from law school in the late 1970s. He additionally served as an adviser for youth affairs for Walter E. Washington, and later became a speechwriter and religious liaison for Mayor Marion Barry Jr. He led Metropolitan Wesley and Varick Memorial Churches, and prior to his passing he shepherded St. Lucille A.M.E. Zion Church.

In 2000, Rev. Anthony was in the first class of inductees into the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his work as a “widely traveled speaker, teacher and preacher” and was regarded as one of the city’s most poetic, eloquent and in-demand speakers, a stalwart of commencement-day addresses, political conclaves, community gatherings, memorial services, prayer breakfasts, and pulpits of all denominations.

“Rev. Anthony was the opening act for any politician of consequence,” noted political commentator Mark Plotkin “He was a must for the invocation and the benediction.”

We continue to celebrate Pastor Anthony’s life through our work and he continues to serve as an inspiration for our Foundation daily.

A Life of Dedication & Leadership:

A Life of Leadership & Dedication:

Pastor Lewis M. Anthony

Lewis Marco Anthony was born on March 4,1952 in Washington, DC. He was a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church who led congregations in Washington and helped bridge the city’s religious and political communities through his high-profile work around the nation’s capital and the country.

As a 17-year-old student at Anacostia High School he was tapped to speak at the rededication of RFK Stadium in honor of the slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.).

Pastor Anthony, a Columbia University and Harvard Law School graduate, began the process of ordination soon after returning home from law school in the late 1970s. He additionally served as an adviser for youth affairs for Walter E. Washington, and later became a speechwriter and religious liaison for Mayor Marion Barry Jr. He led Metropolitan Wesley and Varick Memorial Churches, and prior to his passing he shepherded St. Lucille A.M.E. Zion Church.

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FOR STUDENTS

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A scholarship is a form of financial aid awarded to students to further their education. Our scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, such as personal potential, academic merit and financial need. Some of our awards may come with conditions such as maintaining a specific GPA.

Our scholarship criteria reflects our own values and beliefs, and rewards those in need who are ready for the next level, and require nothing but an opportunity.

Scholarships are made available a few times a year via announcement dates, and are offered to eligible students who meet certain criteria. These awards are paid directly to student accounts at their schools. Any leftover grant money is then provided to students for other expenses.

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About our Executive Director

Claudia C. Pharis

Claudia Pharis earned a BS in Physics from the University of Hawaii, an MBA from the Harvard University School of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing Ph.D in Public Policy at George Mason University.

Her experience in politics and public policy is broad and deep. This includes seven years as Chief of Staff and then Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Chaka Fattah. Her federal policy experience includes over ten years combined at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Congress on both the House and the Senate Budget Committees. Later, she ran a successful small business in NYC and founded Mentor Systems International which developed educational products. Most recently, Ms. Pharis is Founder and CEO of the Catalyst Institute for Applied Policy.

Claudia C. Pharis

About our Executive Director

Claudia Pharis earned a BS in Physics from the University of Hawaii, an MBA from the Harvard University School of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing Ph.D in Public Policy at George Mason University.

Her experience in politics and public policy is broad and deep. This includes seven years as Chief of Staff and then Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Chaka Fattah. Her federal policy experience includes over ten years combined at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Congress on both the House and the Senate Budget Committees. Later, she ran a successful small business in NYC and founded Mentor Systems International which developed educational products. Most recently, Ms. Pharis is Founder and CEO of the Catalyst Institute for Applied Policy.

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STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE FOUNDATION

STAY UP
TO DATE 
WITH THE FOUNDATION

STAY UP TO DATE 
WITH THE FOUNDATION

See how we're impacting communities as well as the lives of students, and stay in the loop on all Foundation news and upcoming events

Questions + Answers

Foundation Q&A

We have listed a number of the most frequently asked questions about the Foundation and our work in this section. If you find your question isn't listed here, please feel free to send it via email and we'll be happy to follow-up as soon as possible.

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  AFFECTING CHANGE  

The work continues.

Our goal is to help shape a world where opportunity and true equality is centralized, and everyone is afforded a fair shot of what success means to them. The legacy of our foundation is born from a spirit of inclusion and collective and communal effort. Below are our areas of focus where we aim to make the biggest impact. We hope you'll continue to support our daily mission as we strive toward a future of possibilities for all. Because from one generation to the next.. the work never stops.

Education and Vocation

The power of knowledge and education is one of the main drivers of inequality. Our scholarships help students begin to even the odds

Fellowship and Community-building

The free and open exchange of ideas, know-how, and opportunities is how you grow a consensus, then a movement and finally, structural change

Equality and
Inclusion

We focus on shifting the conversation from "why" to "how". By taking action and ownership sidelines any challenges and creates opportunities

Civic
Engagement

Knowing how public and governmental policies work is integral, and goes hand-in-hand with voting for the right people to represent you and your interests

Mental Health Awareness

The ever-increasing awareness of mental health has helped empower people to identify and heal from generational challenges and traumas

Creativity and Expression

Art and self expression helps illuminate new and different perspectives and narratives, while helping us better understand the uniqueness within each of us

MARKETING EXTRAS

MARKETING 
EXTRAS

Brands that use a comprehensive approach to diversify their marketing efforts see their goals realized quicker. Below are great additional tools you can use to boost performance

SMS Excellence

Text advertising has gone mainstream, and the stats illuminate why: 98% of texts are opened, 89% of customers prefer to interact with businesses via text message as opposed to a phone call, 63% of multi-location businesses already text with their customers, with 28% sending their customers daily personalized messages. We'll help organize and segment contacts, create a content strategy and launch a campaign that gets your audience to take the actions important to you

BOARD MEMBERS

OUR SOCIAL 
ADVERTISING SUITE

OUR SOCIAL 
ADVERTISING SUITE

Using multiple digital marketing mediums is the best way to scale while ensuring you're reaching newer and larger audiences. We offer a wide array of social media marketing tools and advertising services to keep your brand profitable and productive. Below are the platforms we excel in, and can use to help bring in new customers and sales

Facebook

Facebook is the ideal platform for beginners and business pros alike. It's straightforward targeting is great for testing ads and finding different, and niche audiences 

Instagram

Instagram, often considered Facebook's cooler cousin, offers a cleaner layout, more engagement per post, and a majority 30-years-and-younger audience demographic

YouTube

The top platform for video content, Youtube influencer partnerships can offer the best ROI over time, as shoutouts last as long as the video itself, which can be decades

Google

Being the planet's most popular website, you've probably clicked on a Google Ad before. Not a bad place to start finding consumers already looking for your brand's services

TikTok

Tiktok's meteoric rise in popularity was fueled by it's younger-skewing audience. Savvy brands are using it's influencer ecosystem to reach millions of targeted consumers a day

LinkedIn

Over 50% of companies acquired a business-to-business customer via LinkedIn, and over 90% of B2B marketers consider it to be the most effective site for lead generation. Not too shabby.

Pinterest

It isn't just a great platform for inspiration, Pinterest was the #2 referral traffic source for over 90% of ecommerce brands, and had the highest average order value to it's competitors

Twitter

Twitter's real-time, up-to-the-minute feel isn't just handy for consumer updates. 93% of small and mid-size biz followers also plan to purchase from the brands they follow

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