The Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation organizes and funds precedent-setting public interest projects within the United States.

Our themes for 2019-2020 are immigration and higher education.



SHSF focuses on how to improve conditions at scale for vulnerable populations held in federal custody, particularly children and families. We are particularly interested in solutions that mobilize volunteers and engage local and state authorities.

See what we’re reading on immigration >


SHSF organized American Kindertransport, a new public awareness initiative that highlights the opportunity for unaccompanied and separated children to await reunification with their families and sponsors in temporary foster care, instead of detention facilities. Learn more at

This effort is inspired by the original Kindertransport (1938-1940), which was an organized rescue initiative through which nearly 10,000 unaccompanied children left mainland Europe for foster care in the United Kingdom.

SHSF funded The Brookings Institution to explore how local governments and states can assert jurisdiction over immigration detention facilities and related enforcement actions within their borders.

The resulting publication offers a blueprint for gubernatorial and local action to protect undocumented people held within their jurisdictions.


SHSF organized volunteers for the donation attempt at the Clint Border Station following The New York Times exposé on the neglect of children held in custody at that facility.

The rejection of the donation by Customs & Border Patrol and ensuing coverage highlighted that the neglect of children was deprivation by design, rather than a result of supply shortages.


Higher Education

SHSF focuses on how to improve outcomes for student parents, students struggling with basic needs, non-completers, and defaulted borrowers. We are particularly interested in efforts that engage states and local communities for both support and accountability.

See what we’re reading on higher education >


SHSF sponsored the Capitol Hill briefing highlighting the new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on student parents. You can read the full report here.

This event was co-hosted by Achieving the Dream, Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Center for Law and Social Policy, Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and Rise.

SHSF funded The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice to include questions about childcare in its 2019 #RealCollege student survey, and to field a staff and faculty survey at a subset of institutions to assess intersections of childcare needs within and across campus communities.

The resulting national report will detail childcare challenges faced by students, faculty, and staff and the economic case for new solutions will be released in April 2020.