Robin Hood Annual Report 2023





Robin Hood partners with community-focused, innovative programs that actively address barriers to college success. By investing in initiatives designed to combat low college degree attainment, we provide consistent, frequent, and timely academic counseling and tutoring, along with support for transportation and textbooks for low-income students. Together, we are not only breaking down barriers but also empowering students to meet their goals, leading to increased graduation

College can be hard. For young adults living in poverty, it is even harder, as they work to meet academic requirements and their basic needs at the same time. Yet obtaining a college degree is one of the best ways to escape poverty permanently — it provides a strong start in the labor market, is strongly correlated with upward mobility, and is especially critical for regaining economic stability after a crisis, such as a pandemic or a downturned economy.

rates and lifetime earnings, ultimately transforming their lives and futures.


In 2023, Robin Hood funded City University of New York (CUNY) programs that served 14,400 young adults, helping to nearly double graduation rates from 30% to 55%. Policy advocacy efforts made it possible for an additional 1,300 CUNY students to be eligible to enroll in CUNY ACE, an evidence- based program pioneered by Robin Hood that significantly boosts college graduation rates for low-income New Yorkers.

IN 2023


Workers with a college degree make 25% more than those who did not finish high school.

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