Bezos Family Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Bezos Family Foundation invests in early learning, excellence in K-12 education, and youth leadership.

IP TAKE:  Run by the parents of tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, the Bezos Family Foundation funds rigorous research and K-12 programming with a focus on public schools. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE:  The Bezos Family Foundation was founded in 2003 by Jackie and Mike Bezos, the tech tycoons that oversee Amazon.com. Headquartered in Mercer Island, Washington, the foundation seeks to prepare young people “to achieve their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to society.” The foundation broadly invests in education through three programs.

The Bezos Family Foundation’s key priorities all support education. Indeed, it conducts education grantmaking through its Early Learning, Excellence in K-12, and Youth Leadership programs. Overall, its education initiatives support learning from birth through high school. K-12 funding addresses excellence in teaching, school and system leadership, and innovation in learning environments. Programs emphasize STEM education and research on the development of executive functions in children. The foundation also disseminates information to parents and education professionals. Two Bezos initiatives, Vroom and Mind in the Making, have produced books, videos and on-line tutorials that are widely available to parents, teachers and other child development professionals. K-12 funding generally addresses public education in the United States, but the foundation’s leadership program, “Students Rebuild,” empowers young adults in Nicaragua and Indonesia.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PEOPLE:

  • Jackie Bezos, President
  • Mike Bezos, Vice President
  • Anthony Detrano, Program Manager, Vroom Communications
  • Ellen Galinski, Chief Science Officer and Executive Director, Mind in the Making
  • Greg Sommers, Managing Director, Strategy and Programs, Middle and High School

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