A Growing Backer of Early Childhood Learning Steps up with Another Set of National Grants

A Growing Backer of Early Childhood Learning Steps up with Another Set of National Grants

Even as early childhood learning gains momentum, many foundations still focus on work closest to home. Which is why the emergence of J.B. and M.K. Pritzker as national funders in this space is a big deal. We take stock of the latest move by their Pritzker Children’s Initiative.

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What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Education Philanthropy Right Now

 What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Education Philanthropy Right Now

The education funding landscape has been in flux in recent years, as new funders have emerged with different priorities and stalwart major players have shifted course. A recent report from Grantmakers in Education highlights key trends.

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“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

A new fund quarterbacked by a community foundation is aiming to close opportunity gaps from “cradle to career.” The initiative has a strong focus on building the capacity of local funders to have greater impact in a state with deep inequities.

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In Worcester, Massachusetts, a Funder Is Giving Attention to Early Education

In Worcester, Massachusetts, a Funder Is Giving Attention to Early Education

Like many community foundations, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has broad interests. But lately it has been particularly interested in the region’s very youngest residents, which is good news for early learning-focused groups.

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Growing its Education Work, a Silicon Valley Funder Looks to Boost the "Whole Family"

Growing its Education Work, a Silicon Valley Funder Looks to Boost the "Whole Family"

The Omidyar Network, a longtime supporter of education abroad, has turned its attention to education needs at home, where it’s taking on both early childhood learning and parents’ post-secondary success. Here’s how things are playing out so far.

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Critical Connections: A Foundation Breaks Down Silos to Boost its Impact on Early Childhood

Critical Connections: A Foundation Breaks Down Silos to Boost its Impact on Early Childhood

The Packard Foundation has been helping give kids a strong start in life for over 50 years. But now it’s doing this work differently after adopting a new, more holistic funding approach to early childhood development that better integrates health and learning.

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Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

John Overdeck parlayed degrees in math and statistics into a multi-billion dollar fortune. Now, he and his wife Laura are emerging as major philanthropists, with a big focus on education. Here’s a look inside their rapidly growing foundation.

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In Leadership Picks, Clues About the Education Plans of Top Tech Philanthropists

In Leadership Picks, Clues About the Education Plans of Top Tech Philanthropists

The founders of Amazon and Facebook both plan to give away billions for education. With these efforts still in an early phase, we’re keeping a close eye on the leaders these philanthropists are tapping to advance their ambitious goals—including two recent executive hires.

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Philanthropist Turned Governor: What Can J.B. Pritzker do to Expand Opportunity in Illinois?

Philanthropist Turned Governor: What Can J.B. Pritzker do to Expand Opportunity in Illinois?

After years of ramping up his giving to help poor children in Illinois and beyond, billionaire heir J.B. Pritzker spent $171 million to get himself elected governor. What could Pritzker’s win mean for public-private partnerships in the state?

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Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Early childhood learning funders are focusing growing attention on helping parents get the information they need to encourage their child’s early cognitive development. A Bay Area initiative is getting a boost after a promising first run.

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Feeding the Youngest Minds: Another Major Donor Steps Up for Early Education

Feeding the Youngest Minds: Another Major Donor Steps Up for Early Education

More donors have been drawn to early education as mounting evidence shows the importance of intervening in the first five years of children’s lives. The latest convert: a deep-pocketed San Diego businessman named Guy Clum.

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Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are poised to become the biggest national funders of early childhood learning. We explore how their new effort will build on work already underway and could shape trends in this space.

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The Starting Line: Behind a Push by Foundations to Expand Access to Childcare in Their Cities

The Starting Line: Behind a Push by Foundations to Expand Access to Childcare in Their Cities

The Reinvestment Fund is coordinating work with grantmakers in several cities to expand the availability of high-quality childcare. The work is growing as more funders zero in on a critical niche that’s long been overlooked.

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Parents as Teachers: Another Way Funders Seek to Bolster Early Childhood Learning

Parents as Teachers: Another Way Funders Seek to Bolster Early Childhood Learning

The Ballmer Group is among a growing number of grantmakers looking to reach kids before they start school. One strategy is helping parents do a better job of fostering their children’s development.

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On the Same Page: An Early Childhood Education Collaborative With Some Big Backers

On the Same Page: An Early Childhood Education Collaborative With Some Big Backers

Early childhood education is picking up steam among philanthropic givers, but most work is still concentrated at the local level. This national funder collaborative is looking to better connect the dots.

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