Doris and Donald Fisher Fund: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Doris & Donald Fisher Fund supports charter schools, charter school networks and organizations that provide advocacy and research for the charter school movement in the U.S.

IP TAKE: The Doris and Donald Fisher Fund supports charters schools, charter school networks, and organizations that provide advocacy and research for the charter school movement in the U.S. Working mainly through existing partnerships, this funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund was founded by Doris and Donald Fisher, who together founded the Gap clothing retailer in 1969. This fund's priority is the charter school movement, and it invests in charter schools and networks as well as research, advocacy and political campaigns that support charter school legislation.

Little is known about the foundation's specific funding initiatives, as it does not maintain a website or media presence. Among the charter organizations supported by the Fisher Fund, KIPP (the Knowledge is Power Program) is by far the largest recipient; according to the New York Times, KIPP, which runs more than 200 schools, has received over $60 million from the fund. Other recipients include the Charter School Growth Fund, which supports the growth and expansion of quality charter networks, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which provides advocacy and research for charter schools and organizations, and Teach for All, an international organization that aims to improve school leadership in areas of high need.

The Fisher Fund works with established organizations that are based in the U.S.

This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals. General inquiries may be made by mail to the address below.

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CONTACT:

Doris & Donald Fisher Fund
One Maritime Plaza, No. 1550
San Francisco, CA, 94111