About IvyWise

IvyWise Gives Back

At IvyWise, we believe in giving back and making an impact in the local and global community.

One of the ways we do this is through supporting non-profit organizations with IvyWise Gives Back. By partnering with exceptional non-profits, we are working to make sure that quality educational services are available to students, no matter what the circumstance.

At IvyWise we believe that educational support is important at any age and that making a positive impact, in your local community and in the world, is essential to building a better future for children everywhere. It is in that spirit that we decided to partner with School the World as part of our IvyWise Gives Back initiative and work with them to bring education to children who need it the most.

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In March of 2018, a select group of IvyWise team members traveled to Guatemala to help build a new elementary school for kids in need! Our goal was to raise enough funds, in conjunction with the group we are traveling with, to not only help build the school but also provide the resources to get the school started and keep it running long after we are gone. IvyWise will be traveling back to Guatemala in March of 2019 to build another school for another community in need.

Impact is a major goal that we emphasize to students who take on similar projects as part of their high school experience. Donating your time is great, but making a positive impact that continues to grow long after you have returned home is essential to creating lasting change. This is why School the World is so special to us. School the World doesn’t just build schools. They develop deep relationships with the local government and community in order to ensure the success and longevity of the school once it’s completed. They provide teacher and parent training, as well as other support on an ongoing basis for years after the initial build. This is the kind of impact that we value and want to support through our partnership!

For more information on IvyWise’s partnership with School the World and our trip to Guatemala, or to make a donation, visit our fundraising page here.

Watch the video below and check out some photos of the completed school from our 2018 trip!

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The new school and playground.

The new school’s dedication plaque, “May the pursuit of knowledge always be within our grasp. In honor of all who want to learn.”

Amandla works at the grassroots level to help improve schools, educational resources, and more for underserved students. Amandla works in the Philippi community, a “township” community about 25 km outside of Cape Town. Amandla aims to ensure that every child in the community gets the full breadth of support they need to stay in school through graduation.

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Amandla Development is a non-profit organization in South Africa founded by IvyWise counselor Scott that works to empower South African youth with equal access to quality education opportunities. Amandla works at the grassroots level to help improve schools, educational resources, and more for underserved students. Amandla works in the Philippi community, a “township” community about 25 km outside of Cape Town. Amandla aims to ensure that every child in the community gets the full breadth of support they need to stay in school through graduation. South Africa has dropout rate over 50%, mostly due to the burden of poverty on making it through school. Too many kids arrive at school too hungry, sick, worried about their parents, etc. to concentrate on their schooling, so Amandla is implementing a systematic approach to removing the barriers to learning that poverty erects.

To learn more about how you can support, visit Amandla Development.

Through the Wayuu Taya Foundation, IvyWise has helped support a number of schools for the past few years, providing basic operation needs, health programs, supplies, and more.

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The Wayuu Taya Foundation, founded in 2002 by actress and activist Patricia Velasquez, supports efforts to assist indigenous people throughout Latin America, focusing on several initiatives including educational access and expansion. Through the Wayuu Taya Foundation, IvyWise is proud to be supporting a school in Venezuela, promoting educational opportunities to students who need it most. Through the Wayuu Taya Foundation, IvyWise has helped support a number of schools for the past few years, providing basic operation needs, health programs, supplies, and more.

IvyWise proudly supported Escuela Virgen de la Paz to open their new multi-sport facility.

The ELMA Organization works to bring educational resources to underserved children in Cambodia. IvyWise has supported the ELMA trust by providing funding for the ELMA English School for Children’s computer classes, including support for the computer teacher and the cost of WIFI service.

IvyWise has been proudly supporting the Robin Hood Foundation since 2012. Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization, providing 200 nonprofits with financial, real estate, and management support.

Pro Bono Services

We believe a college education is critical to a student’s success; however, many students do not have access to accurate information and quality admissions counseling. In an effort to address this and give back to the community, IvyWise offers pro bono services to selected students who will benefit from the guidance and admissions expertise provided by our counselors. We provide pro bono counseling opportunities for domestic students in 11th and 12th grades.

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IvyWise Gives Back

To be considered for a full pro bono program, please submit your application no later than February 1st of the Junior year. All information will be reviewed only by our executive team and be held in the strictest confidence. Families who wish to apply for our counseling scholarships should submit the following information:

  • A cover letter explaining reasons why the student would benefit from an IvyWise counseling scholarship, and how you heard about IvyWise
  • Transcripts from high school to date
  • All ACT, PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Test, and AP scores
  • List and brief description of awards, honors and achievements
  • List and brief description of extracurricular activities, internships and part-time jobs, and/or awards or honors
  • If student is enrolled at a non-public high school, scholarships and financial aid student receives
  • Parents’ tax return(s) from most recent calendar year
  • Admission goals including list of targeted schools

Materials may be sent via postal mail, fax, or email:

501 Madison Avenue, Suite 802
New York, NY 10022
Fax: 212-262-4100
Email: [email protected]

Click here to watch some of our pro bono students learn of their acceptances!