Human Capital


Through a rigorous strategic planning process and analysis of school performance across Buffalo, Cullen Foundation prioritized the need to improve access to high quality schools for historically underserved populations. Cullen has committed to dramatically increasing the number of high-quality seats in schools across the city that serve a majority of economically disadvantaged students via four primary investment strategies:

  1. Replicate and grow proven high-performing charter schools
  2. Incubate new high-performing charter schools
  3. Support the academic growth of mid-performing charter schools
  4. Invest in human capital pipelines that meet the needs of Buffalo charter schools


In 2017, Cullen Foundation dove deeper into opportunities for strategic human capital investments through a comprehensive analysis of the talent and diversity, equity and inclusiveness landscape across City of Buffalo schools. 

As a result of this analysis, Cullen Foundation currently prioritizes Human Capital investments that: 

  • Support the growth of pipelines and/or certification models to grow the supply of qualified teachers and improve diversity of talent
  • Support the development of high quality ELA/ math professional development models to improve teacher proficiency/ effectiveness
  • Support the development of existing leaders’ management and instructional leadership skills


Cullen invests in education focused human capital work through its strategic investing efforts and not through our open responsive grant process. The following human capital grants have been awarded: