Extra Mile Education Foundation

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Extra Mile Education Foundation
Formation 1989
Type 501(3)(c)
Purpose Inner city education
Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA
Parent organization
Catholic Church
Website http://www.extramilefdn.org

The Extra Mile Education Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit charity 501(3)(c) based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded in 1989.[1][2][3] The money raised by the charity is used to subsidize the tuition of low income students who attend several K-8 Catholic schools in the Pittsburgh area. Most of the students are African American. The schools place a high priority on academic excellence and achievement.[4] as of January 2011, five Pittsburgh schools are currently enrolled in the program.[5]


A January 28, 2007 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cites the following information about The Extra Mile Education Foundation[4]

  • Of the 830 students whose education is funded by the program, most are non-Catholic.
  • 70% of the students come from families whose income is low enough to qualify for free or reduced priced lunches.
  • Of the students who graduate from the program (i.e., from 8th grade), not a single student has ever failed 9th grade, and 96% of the students graduate from high school within 4 years.
  • The foundation spends $1.9 million per year for scholarships. The money comes from donations, and from interest on the foundation's $17 million endowment.

Mission statement[edit]

The following is an excerpt from their official mission statement: "Extra Mile Education Foundation supports the education of urban children in select Pittsburgh parochial elementary schools ... The schools – identified by the Diocese of Pittsburgh – are in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and students are primarily African American and non-Catholic. Extra Mile is dedicated to sustaining these schools for their communities on an ongoing basis..." The entire mission statement can be read on the Foundation website.[6]


Donors include:[4]

Board of directors[edit]

Notable members of the foundation's board include:[7]


  1. ^ "Charity Navigator-Extra Mile Education Foundation". Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  2. ^ Gregory A. Morris et. al (2000). "Listening to Student: Voices from the Inner City". Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. Chesnut Hill, MA: Boston College Roche Center for Catholic Education. 4 (1): 7. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ Preserving a Critical National Asset America’s Disadvantaged Students and the Crisis in Faith-based Urban Schools (PDF) (Report). The White House Domestic Policy Council. September 2008. p. 31. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ a b c "Program goes extra mile for Catholic education-Extra Mile Education Foundation reaches out to mostly black families in low-income areas". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Extra Mile Education Foundation-The Schools". Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.extramilefdn.org/mission.html
  7. ^ "Extra Mile Education Foundation Board of Directors/Staff". Retrieved 2011-01-25.