In NYC, philanthropists are extremely generous to their individual causes or charities, which typically supports the culture of NYC such as the New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Central Park Conservancy. Keith Mann is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who focuses his donations on education because he feels that educating the next generation is of paramount importance, so the country will prosper.
In 2013, Mann developed a partnership with Uncommon Charter Schools that also shared this same insight into their students. They have two schools in Brooklyn, and Uncommon Schools had also been established in Massachusettes and New Jersey.
As a successful NYC businessman, Keith and his wife, Keeley, gave their first gift to for $10,0000 when the second school in Brooklyn was being built. One year later, Mann donated over $20,000 that he had collected, with other businessmen, to pay for the scholastic testing that each student required. His contribution covered every student.
Keith Mann is the founder of Dynamic Search Partners, which is one of the top executive search firms in NYC. The database that DSP has collected has a reputation of being the largest in the United States. DSP was founded in 2007 after Keith Mann had been the manager of Dynamic Executive Search since 2001. He saw that there were not adequate customer services in the hedge fund and private equity firms in NYC, so he established DSP to serve that industry.
Mr. Mann has a heart for New York, and he wants to make it better for their children. He believes that a good education is the best answer. By partnering with Uncommon Schools, he is able to help the low-income families who find it difficult to pay for their school, let alone to pay college tuition.
Together, the Mann’s are assisting the students at Uncommon Schools. This year, they created a scholarship fund to pay the tuition for one student to attend college. They designed a contest where each graduating student writes a 1,000-word essay on what a college education would mean to their career, and one student was selected this year.