Overdeck Family Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Overdeck Family Foundation broadly supports early childhood education programs, educators and researchers.

IP TAKE: This funder takes calculated risks in its funding; however, grantseekers must present evidence-based projects to qualify for a grant. It does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Founded in 2011 by John and Laura Overdeck, the Overdeck Family Foundation awards grants to organizations “[p]roviding all children the opportunity to unlock their potential.” The foundation focuses exclusively on “[i]mproving American education, supporting research and organizations that strengthen learning in and out of the classroom to measurably improve outcomes at scale for all children in the U.S.” The Overdeck Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on early childhood education, educators, innovative schools, access to STEM opportunities and data collection to improve decision-making.

Its Early Impact portfolio broadly supports organizations and researchers with evidence-based practices that “[p]rovide children a strong foundation for early learning and development.” It does not name further grantmaking strategies in this area, which suggests that applicants may have a spectrum of funding possibilities provided that their projects center on ECE.

Grant amounts typically range from $50,000 to $250,000. Past grantees include Growth Philanthropy Network, which received funding for tis planning efforts for its childhood working group; and the Robin Hood Foundation, which received a grant for its Early Childhood Research Initiative. To learn more about the types of organizations Overdeck supports, examine its current grantees list.

The Overdeck Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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