OVERVIEW: The Louis Calder Foundation invests exclusively in education reform through its four funding initiatives: charter and parochial schools, teacher leadership and development, public policy and capital projects. The foundation is a strong supporter of the growth and expansion of charter and faith-based schools in geographic areas of high need.
IP TAKE: The Louis Calder Foundation invests exclusively in education reform through its four funding initiatives: charter and parochial schools, teacher leadership and development, public policy and capital projects. The foundation supports the expansion of established charter school networks as well as the development of new schools through smaller organizations. This funder accepts letters of inquiry on an ongoing basis through its online application portal.
PROFILE: The Louis Calder Foundation was established in 1951 by Louis Calder, president of the Perkins-Goodwin paper company. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, this foundation invests in education reform, supporting "academic programs throughout the country that offer families alternatives to under-performing public schools." Its four areas of investment are charter and parochial schools, teacher and leadership development, public policy and capital projects.
The foundation's charter and parochial schools initiative supports successful charter organizations and faith-based schools as they add grade levels to existing schools, open new schools or expand geographic focus. In the Bronx section of New York City, Classical Charter Schools used funding to expand two K-5 schools to include 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and in Wisconsin, Hope Christian Schools received a grant to open a new K-8 school in Racine. This initiative also supports smaller organizations in the establishment of new schools in areas of high need. In Menlo Park, California, for example, the foundation supported Oxford Day Academy, a community-founded independent high school. The foundation's capital projects initiative supports a similar pool of organizations with the physical expansion of schools, particularly in the area of STEM facilities. In Lewes, Delaware, the foundation funded the construction of science laboratories at Sussex Academy. In the area of teacher and leadership development, the foundation has supported Instruction Partners, an organization providing professional development aimed at aligning instruction with academic standards; the National Council on Teacher Quality, which compiles the Teacher Prep Review and other references materials about teacher education programs; and the Teach for America program. Calder's public policy program has supported the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which conducts research and provides analysis and advocacy for school reform and the charter school movement.
Louis Calder grants range from $50,000 to $300,000 with an average grant amount of $100,000. The foundation has funded large and small projects in 32 states and limits funding to the continental U.S. A grantee search function is provided on the foundations strategies page.
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