ERIC Number: ED457583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Philanthropic Support for Public Education in the Southwestern Region: An Assay of Philanthropy's Potential To Impact Comprehensive School Reform in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Environmental Scanning Brief.
Born, Laurie; Wilson, Dave
This report examines the relationship between philanthropy and public schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas served by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). While begun as a project to build understanding and to support institutional planning, this report speaks also to local school leaders, the philanthropy community, and educational policymakers. The report provides a stimulus for dialogue with each of these groups to help refine and clarify the insights gained, with the ultimate object of fostering shared understanding. The study sought to understand what kind of philanthropic support public schools are receiving and what they might expect from philanthropic sources. Two secondary purposes were to assess whether SEDL might play a useful role in assisting schools in the quest for philanthropic support and/or in providing research-based information to help donors in their decision-making about contributions to school reform. The following questions were asked in the report: (1) How much support from philanthropic sources goes to public schools in the region? (2) How is the giving distributed? (3) Which are the most active grant makers and what are their characteristics? and (4) Is there a role for SEDL in providing research-based information or other services for philanthropic organizations? Appendixes list gift revenues for top-receiving districts by state, and organizations making grants in the southwestern region. (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Budgeting, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Fund Raising, Grants, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Public Education, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.