Philanthropic Partners 

Our valued donor partners support our mission to reach students and teachers from underrepresented and disadvantaged communities.


Expanding Opportunities to Students of All Backgrounds

Research shows that minority and economically disadvantaged students receive the fewest opportunities in school for thoughtful engagement with the political process and with critical current issues. It’s a loss that can affect them for the rest of their lives, with a Harvard Business Review study finding that business success is built on bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to work together and advance shared goals—skills that are practiced through civil discourse.   

The philanthropic support of our generous donor partners helps Close Up fulfill its mission to reach students of all backgrounds and worldviews, creating diverse learning communities in which students learn with—and from—each other.  

For information about giving and sponsorship opportunities, email us at support@closeup.org.   

Donor Highlight The Claude Pepper Foundation 

Dedicated to carrying on the ideas, values, and goals of the late Senator Claude Pepper of Florida, the Claude Pepper Foundation has provided funding for need-based scholarships for students from Miami since 2015. Check out some highlights of our work with 2021 Claude Pepper Scholars! 



Individuals who are more affluent are much more likely to participate in politics than those who are less affluent. -National Bureau of Economic Research, 2018