The Robert Bowne Foundation's vision of a thriving professional field of out-of-school-time education guided its efforts to:
○ Build the educational and organizational capacity of its grantees;
○ Support program evaluation as a way to strengthen and enhance afterschool programs;
○ Promote advocacy efforts at the national, state, city, and community levels;
○ Establish a national Afterschool Matters publication; and
○ Generate and disseminate research on community-based organizations serving youth during the out-of-school hours.
Beginning in 1983, the Robert Bowne Foundation (RBF) intentionally focused its grantmaking on the field of Out-of-School Time (OST) Youth Literacy Education, following these guidelines. The RBF aimed to help build, enrich, and support the ability of New York City community-based organizations to offer after school programs where children learn and flourish.