Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation Focuses on Charter Schools

Unlike some other philanthropic foundations that are giving money to Boston Public Schools, the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is focusing on nontraditional schools that aim to close the achievement gaps in the city (Read senior program officer, Celina Miranda's IP profile). The biggest winner for the 2012-2013 grant period in Smith's book is the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. Roxbury received $800,000 for the renovation of two of their public school buildings, which are under lease from Boston Public Schools.