Robertson Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Robertson Foundation is a major contributor to K-12 education with a focus on bringing high quality education to all Americans.

IP TAKE: The Robertson Foundation provides results-driven funding to both public and charter school initiatives, focusing on underprivileged and underserved communities. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted. The organization prefers a low-public profile and no longer maintains a website.

PROFILE: Founded in 1996 in New York City, the Robertson Foundation is run by former hedge fund manager Julian Robertson and his family. The foundation seeks “to ensure that all children have access to high-quality educational opportunities.” The foundation largely invests in initiatives that address schools that underperform. The foundation’s K-12 programs include “Reform from Within” and “Drive Change by Generating External Pressure.”

With its strong focus on improving student achievement, many of the foundation’s projects have addressed schools in underprivileged urban settings. In 2016, the foundation gave $25 million to New York City’s high-performing charter school network Success Academy to facilitate its expansion. Teacher education, leadership, and after school tutoring and mentoring programs have also been funded. The foundation limits project funding to the United States.  

Robertson grants range from about $5,000 to tens of thousands. While they are known to partner with other organizations and funders, unsolicited proposals or applications are not accepted at this time.

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