Erikson Institute receives one of largest gifts in its 50-year history

$5 million will elevate the early childhood workforce nationwide through scholarships

Erikson Institute has received a $5 million gift – one of the largest single gifts in our history. The gift was made to support our Graduate School in Child Development and will fund scholarships that will make graduate degrees more affordable for individuals who want to make an impact in the lives of young children and families.

The anonymous gift will support Erikson’s strategy to transform the early childhood workforce and further advance the groundbreaking work that has long distinguished our renowned graduate school, where professionals are uniquely prepared with a deep knowledge of child development to support their work across a broad spectrum of careers including service, clinical practice, leadership, advocacy, and teaching.

The $5 million gift, $4 million of which will be invested in an endowment to provide for ongoing support, will offset the cost of tuition for Erikson graduate students who pursue degrees in child development, early childhood education, and social work. Their ability to begin a career with less debt will support Erikson’s vision to make a quality graduate education available to a diverse group of students who have the ability to make a profound impact in early childhood and social work fields

“We are enormously grateful for this gift, which provides significant support for one of the key areas of our Strategic Plan that focuses on transforming the early childhood workforce,” said Geoffrey A. Nagle, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Erikson Institute.

As one of the first institutions in the country to recognize the importance of a child’s early years, the generous donation comes during our 50th Anniversary year, a time when new strategic initiatives are fueling the development of new academic programs, creating new knowledge through research, expanding direct service programs for children and families, and prioritizing advocacy efforts to influence policy and support resource allocation to respond to community needs.

With this gift, Erikson has raised nearly $17 million of its three-year, $20 million strategic fundraising goal.