It's Pretty Tough to Ignore Calder Foundation Focus on Charters

As far as charter funders go, The Louis Calder Foundation has remained mostly under the radar. But that doesn’t mean the Connecticut-based foundation isn’t giving to charter and parochial schools in a major way. In the last year, Calder’s grants have consistently ranked in the top in terms of size.

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What Khakis and Education Reform Have in Common: Scalability

Scalability. When the late Donald Fisher focused on education philanthropy, that was his goal. To help expand a small network of high-performing schools into a nationwide brand. It makes sense too; Fisher started The Gap from a single store in 1969 and grew it into a global retail empire.

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One Big Bankroller of the Charter School Lobby: The Walton Family Foundation

Funders who believe in charter schools have pursued two core strategies in recent years: direct support, and legislative action. The Walton Family Foundation has pursued both strategies, but their direct support of charter schools has gotten the most attention.

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