Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are poised to become the biggest national funders of early childhood learning. We explore how their new effort will build on work already underway and could shape trends in this space.
In another sign that education funders are looking beyond narrow school-level reforms, StriveTogether—with backing from the Ballmer Group—is deploying $20 million to back efforts to shift public policy and systems.
The Reinvestment Fund is coordinating work with grantmakers in several cities to expand the availability of high-quality childcare. The work is growing as more funders zero in on a critical niche that’s long been overlooked.
Nearly a half-billion dollars in grants will go out the door as part of the Gates Foundation’s new initiative to support school networks. We look at what kinds of groups are winning support as the money starts to flow.
NYCT continues to balance responsive grantmaking with established priorities, giving millions to help New York families with young children, immigrant youth, and civic engagement initiatives.
Early childhood education is picking up steam among philanthropic givers, but most work is still concentrated at the local level. This national funder collaborative is looking to better connect the dots.
Back in October, Bill Gates announced that his foundation would be putting $1.7 billion behind a new K-12 strategy over the next five years. Here's the latest on where that's heading.
A growing number of funders want to ensure that children can read by third grade. We explore how a major donor in New York came to this cause and got behind a nonprofit helping teachers do better at teaching reading.
Backstopped by a $40 billion tech fortune, the Ballmer Group continues to expand in new directions, making big gifts of unrestricted support. Here’s a look at its latest major move.
Five foundations recently came together to start the Fund for Equity and Excellence to support Los Angeles public schools. Will this effort attract new partners and funding to the nation’s second-largest school district?
Public education funds are entities that act as conduits between private donors and public school districts. They’ve thrived in Washington, D.C., and New York. But can this model also succeed elsewhere?
School counselors can help shape students’ lives in big ways, like getting them to the right college and hooking them up with local employers. But we don’t see a lot of grants focused here. Here’s an exception from Indiana.
As more health funders focus on the underlying causes of poor health, some are zeroing in on the critical role of adverse childhood experiences. We look at a Texas foundation’s new initiative in this area.
More funders keep appearing on the early childhood learning scene. We look at why a family foundation that’s been around for a half-century is now ramping up in this area, most recently with an eight-figure gift.
Helping vulnerable children has always been a staple of philanthropy. Foster care is one area that’s attracting new funder attention lately, including by a new funder collaborative in New York City.
Pledging to give away a $2.5 billion fortune in his lifetime, the credit card mogul is keeping up a steady pace of eight- and nine-figure gifts. We talk with him about where his latest $100 million donation is going.
If you look past the attention to top K-12 funders, you’ll find that foundations in this space come in all shapes and sizes, including many who support traditional public schools. Here’s a case in point from Texas.
There’s growing funder interest in addressing the social and economic factors that influence student success. A new initiative backed by Ford and CZI, Together for Students, underscores this important trend.
The Ballmer Group is one of the most interesting acts to follow in philanthropy right now. Its latest pair of eight-figure gifts underscores its commitment to capacity building and offers more clues about its strategy.
Two top K-12 funders have mounted an ambitious research and development quest to find “transformative education solutions.” The hope is to accelerate change in a field that can feel like a brutal slog.
Millions of infants and toddlers are stuck in mediocre childcare that can hurt their development. Funders are finally paying more attention, including in Philadelphia, where $3 million is flowing to help caregivers do a better job.
In the wake of another school shooting, it’s worth taking a close look at two unusually large gifts to fight bullying and social isolation among adolescents. How do these grants fit into a broader funding landscape?
The Pritzker Children’s Initiative last year pledged $6.5 million to a national program to encourage early childhood learning from infancy to age three. We now know more of what’s in store for this one-year pilot.
Impact investing has a lot of potential to help scale charter schools. Not surprisingly, the Walton Family Foundation is positioning itself as a leader in putting up such capital.
A move by Kellogg to train Native American teachers for STEM early learning comes as more research shows students do better when their educators are as diverse as the classrooms they lead.
Too often, social science research doesn't make it out of academia and into the hands of decision-makers. The William T. Grant Foundation wanted to know why. Now, it has some answers—and two new grant programs.
Los Angeles has become a hub for funders looking to improve outcomes for kids in foster care. The push has engaged both billionaire donors and a who's who of local foundations.
The play movement recently scored a big investment from a relatively new billion-dollar foundation. This isn't the only deep-pocketed funder that backing a drive to expand play opportunities for low-income kids.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just put $30 million into ensuring kids read at grade level by third grade. Here's what we know about the gift and how it fits in to CZI's other giving.
Family engagement is attracting renewed interest from foundations, to the tune of $230 million a year. What's behind funders' push to involve parents more deeply in the push to improve education?