Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation looks to charter schools and charter networks for their potential to transform educational outcomes in California and the country overall. This foundation's education initiative also supports educational technology, teacher development, advocacy and research.

IP TAKE: The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation is a strong supporter of the charter school movement in California and other parts of the United States. This funder also supports educational research and advocacy, teacher development and educational technology. This foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Investing giant Charles Schwab and his wife, Helen, established the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation in 1987. The foundation is headquartered in San Francisco and is separate from the Charles Schwab Corporation and its philanthropic foundation. This funder prioritizes K-12 education, human services and health and community needs with an emphasis on the state of California.

Schwab's K-12 education program invests in charter schools and other organizations "whose work will transform the lives of children." Its specific areas of interest are school accountability and autonomy, parent choice, quality teaching, educational technology, research and advocacy. Its charter school grantees include Achievement First, Alpha Public Schools, KIPP, Success Academies and Summit Public Schools. The foundation also supports larger organizations, such as the Charter School Growth Fund and the New Schools Venture Fund, which invest in the development and expansion of new schools and charter networks. Other types of organization that have received funding from Schwab are Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research and policy analysis institute at the University of Washington, Bothell, and the New Teacher Center, an organization that develops teachers and school administrators with the specific goal of accelerating student learning in struggling districts.

The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation "supports organizations characterized by strong leadership, a compelling track record and future potential" in the state of California and elsewhere.

This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals. General inquiries may be made via email.


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