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Grantmakers for Education, 2020
What can over a million teachers tell funders about the needs of schools? No one has greater insight into the needs of students and schools than teachers. Increasingly, teachers are using their voice in identifying what American classrooms lack via crowdfunding websites like DonorsChoose. These requests uncover interesting patterns among…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Student Needs, Educational Needs, Teacher Attitudes
Grantmakers for Education, 2020
In March 2020, the nation's schools began shutting down in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. More than 55 million students as well as teachers, administrators and families have had to adapt at lightning speed. Philanthropists have responded quickly, but the need for educating students has garnered little funding attention so far. As the…
Descriptors: Grantsmanship, Educational Finance, Private Financial Support, Philanthropic Foundations
Otto, Rafael – Grantmakers for Education, 2020
How can funders create a grantmaking strategy that puts them in a position to quickly and effectively respond to unpredictable challenges? This case study follows strategy redevelopment for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's education program. The re-envisioning of the strategy ensured the education program team could be nimble and…
Descriptors: Grants, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Educational Finance
Grantmakers for Education, 2020
During the spring of 2020, Grantmakers for Education held four master classes, which are described in this report; centered around the theme of authentic community engagement: (1) How Should Philanthropy Create More Inclusive Spaces?; (2) Listening to and Learning from Leaders of Color in the COVID-19 Crisis; (3) The Power of Collaboration with…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Grantsmanship, Grants, Private Financial Support
Grantmakers for Education, 2020
In March 2020, a pandemic brought traditional in-classroom learning to a halt for more than 55 million students in the U.S. Teachers and families, in most cases, found themselves scrambling to provide remote learning at short notice. What may have seemed like a fast solution, moving to online instruction, has highlighted challenges for many…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Grants, Grantsmanship, COVID-19
Achilles, Jenny; Ekwurzel, Erica V.; Perrault, Paul; Pietruszynski, Mary Ellen – Grantmakers for Education, 2019
Students are juggling multiple, competing priorities such as work pressures, parenting, debt, and degree affordability, as they seek the best educational decisions for their economic mobility and life goals. Driving questions of quality has been the recent effort of states to set and increase postsecondary attainment rates. These rates typically…
Descriptors: Credentials, Equal Education, Geographic Regions, Economic Development
Lawrence, Steven; Fine, Melinda – Grantmakers for Education, 2019
Grantmakers for Education's "Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2018-19" report offers insights on the current and evolving priorities of the education funding community. It can help funders to understand their role in supporting education innovation and identify future priorities that hold the greatest promise for benefiting…
Descriptors: Private Financial Support, Donors, Benchmarking, Educational Finance
Otto, Rafael – Grantmakers for Education, 2018
When CME Group Foundation (CME) was formed in 2007 with an endowment from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust, its founders set out to engage in grantmaking that would improve education from cradle to career and strengthen the region's economy. During its first decade, nearly a quarter of CME's grants targeted early childhood education with an…
Descriptors: Grants, Low Income Groups, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills
Grantmakers for Education, 2018
Generally speaking, black, Latino and Native American learners continue to face a variety of barriers to opportunity that result in severe disparities in academic achievement and educational outcomes. The persistence of these inequities has prompted some funders to step back, reflect and ask themselves what else they need to be doing to remove…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Change Agents, Race
Russell, Christina A. – Grantmakers for Education, 2017
In this case study, Lumina Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund, two grantmakers represented on Grantmakers for Education's Equity Impact Group, offer up strategies and learnings on their recent journeys in embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizational cultures, grantmaking practices and field-building efforts. The major…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Grants, Grantsmanship, Case Studies
Jenkins, Lynn – Grantmakers for Education, 2017
The Boston Foundation--one of the nation's oldest community foundations--had always been committed to equity and even played an important role during Boston's fractious school desegregation era. But the board knew it could do more and needed to do more; the future well-being of individuals, families, communities and the city as a whole demanded…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Grants, Grantsmanship, Philanthropic Foundations
Jenkins, Lynn; Johnson, Dianne – Grantmakers for Education, 2016
As 2015 came to an end, education funders in Texas were reflecting not only on the results of their grantmaking over the past year but also on what the state legislature had (and had not) accomplished during its most recent session. Thirty-four Texas funders felt a particular sense of satisfaction because they had helped shape some of the new…
Descriptors: Consortia, Educational Policy, Advocacy, Grants
Carroll, Kathleen – Grantmakers for Education, 2016
The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) is an historic opportunity for education leaders and funders to think broadly about innovation in terms of goals and accountability. This case examines two examples of states where responsible innovation regarding goals and accountability is long underway, with the support of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Innovation, Grantsmanship, Grants
Frahm, Robert – Grantmakers for Education, 2016
Not long ago, college seemed out of reach for Jesse Ashley, a high school senior in Buffalo, New York. In a troubled school system plagued by low achievement and high dropout rates, Jesse's chronic absenteeism and bouts with depression made his prospects shaky. But Jesse got help, returned to classes and began thinking about college--all under an…
Descriptors: Grantsmanship, Grants, Case Studies, Access to Education
Carroll, Kathleen – Grantmakers for Education, 2015
Standardized tests are under a microscope as states prepare to administer new PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This brief takes on five concerns about testing and is designed to help funders reframe the larger conversation to preserve a critical source of information about school, teacher and student…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Testing
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