In addition to providing a broad range of grants, investments, and program development services with an educational focus, the IDP Foundation supports innovative thinkers, leaders and organizations that stand outside of the education spectrum. In order to remain strategic, the majority of the Foundation’s support revolves around education, but the IDP Foundation continues to grant to a variety of community and seasonal initiatives.

Recipient Highlights


Eneza Education

Eneza Education, originally launched in Kenya, is both a virtual tutor and teaching assistant that is accessible via subscription service on a low-cost mobile phone. For a low weekly or monthly fee, students are able...

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East Village Youth Program

The IDP Foundation, Inc. supports the East Village Youth Program (EVYP) as a social investment in the futures of Latino youth. The mission of EVYP rests closely with the mission of the IDP Foundation.

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The Mela Project

In 2014, the IDP Foundation provided a seed grant to support the Mela Project. The mission of this project is to create a center of excellence in medical education, clinical training and research at Mekelle...

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Unreasonable Institute

The IDP Foundation supports the innovative skills development and creativity that the Unreasonable Institute stands for.

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Tutoring Chicago

Tutoring Chicago fosters pathways for success by positively influencing the relationship that elementary school children have with learning. We do this by providing economically disadvantaged children in Chicago with free one to one tutoring by...

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Heshima Kenya

Heshima Kenya was established in 2008 as the first organization in Kenya devoted to protecting and empowering urban unaccompanied refugee children and youth living in Nairobi, with a special focus on adolescent girls and...

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World Relief DuPage/Aurora: Job Readiness ESL Program

In September 2014, the IDP Foundation provided a matching grant to the World Relief DuPage/Aurora for the Job Readiness ESL Program. The program curriculum is designed to combine employment focused ESL and Job Skills...

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Research Scientist Recipients


Dr. James Surmeier

Department of Physiology

The research in our lab revolves around a wide variety of psychomotor disorders including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome.

James Surmeier, PhD, has been awarded a prestigious Blueprint for Neuroscience Research grant by the NIH.

Dr. Surendra Basti

Department of Ophthalmology

The IDP Foundation is helping me to study what measures can help prevent or control eye problems in patients receiving chemotherapeutic agents or stem cell transplants for their cancers.

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