A Better Chance (ABC) is a program that identifies and places select ethnic minority students in grades 4 through 9 into one of more than 200 college preparatory schools, with the intent to create more diversity in those graduating from elite colleges and universities.
ABC is a nonprofit funded by organizations such as the Tides Foundation, American Express, Morgan Stanley, the Knight Foundation and Boeing.  Private foundations such as the Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation and Robertson Foundation also fund the program. 
ABC has produced over 17,000 alumni.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) was an ABC alumnus.  Alumnus Luis Ubinas was past president of Ford Foundation, an appointee of the Obama administration, and co-chair of the Economic Policy Council for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. 
A Better Chance (ABC) was founded in 1963 during the civil rights movement and is headquartered in New York, New York.  It started with a grant from the Charles E. Merrill Foundation with the intent to place students of color into college preparatory schools. The Independent School Talent Search Program (ISTSP) was initiated with twenty-three participating schools and fifty-five students. The program name was then changed to A Better Chance a year later. 
ABC utilizes an 18-month process to recruit, evaluate, and place select ethnic minority students in grades 4 through 9 into one of over 200 member schools through their College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP).  In 2020, there were 2,228 scholars enrolled in one of 207 participating schools. Of these, 62 percent were black, 16 percent were Latino/Hispanic, 14 percent were multiracial, and 8 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander. 
ABC provides continued support to participants including workshops, travel opportunities, and college tours. 
In 2019 A Better Chance’s total revenue was $3,658,243. Of that, $2,508,425 was from contributions and grants. Total expenses were $4,986,248. Of that, $2,595,259 was spent on compensation and employee benefits, or more than 50 percent of total expenses. Net income was -$1,328,005. 
Charity Navigator assigned ABC a two-star rating out of four stars due to its high program expense ratio in 2019. It had been assigned a two-star rating each year for the prior four years. 
Institutional partners work with A Better Chance on student programs and provide donations. Partners include the Tides Foundation, American Express, Morgan Stanley, the Knight Foundation  and Boeing.  The Tides Foundation is a major donor to left-progressive nonprofit work.  The Knight Foundation is a left-leaning private foundation with a focus on supporting engaged and inclusive communities.  Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company. 
Additional donors include donor advised funds Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund, Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, National Philanthropic Trust, and Schwab Charitable Fund and private foundations Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation and Robertson Foundation. 
Francisco Tezen is president and CEO.  Prior to this position, Tezen held multiple positions at the Food Bank for New York City, and at Year Up,  a job training program with a focus on equitable access to jobs and education. 
Benjamin Bingman-Tennant, national director of programs, worked previously for Math for America and Posse Foundation,  an organization that recruits students from racial minority backgrounds and places them in groups in elite schools. They do not have to meet normal admission requirements and are accepted to schools for which they may not otherwise qualify. 
National director external affairs Karen Johns worked previously for Tides Foundation and Groundswell.  Groundswell is a grantmaking foundation that focuses on left-progressive reproductive issues and abortion access. 
There are over 17,000 alumni of the ABC program 
Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick (D) participated in the ABC program. He was accepted into a Massachusetts boarding school on a scholarship, then later went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Patrick served as Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 until 2015. 
Luis Antonio Ubinas was an ABC scholar.  He attended Harvard University and Harvard Business School following the preparatory program, and was past president of Ford Foundation, an appointee of the Obama administration, and co-chair of the Economic Policy Council for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.