One of the Few Big Backers of After-School and Summer Programs Steps up with a Major Grant

One of the Few Big Backers of After-School and Summer Programs Steps up with a Major Grant

Out-of-school programs play a critical role in the K-12 ecosystem, but most education funders are focused on other priorities. The New York Life Foundation is among the loyal supporters of such programs. Here’s a look at where it’s sending a $3 million grant.

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How Susan and Steve Chamberlin Support Education in the Bay Area

How Susan and Steve Chamberlin Support Education in the Bay Area

Thirteen years ago, this couple established the Chamberlin Family Foundation, a grantmaking entity that supports causes related to education and equity. They’ve also created a nonprofit called Education Matters that focuses on West Contra Costa.

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Charles Butt's Philanthropy is Growing. Texas Nonprofits Should Pay Attention

Charles Butt's Philanthropy is Growing. Texas Nonprofits Should Pay Attention

With a net worth of around $10.7 billion, a grocery store empire that dominates the Texas landscape, and a growing track record of big gifts for education, as well as other causes, Charles Butt is a Giving Pledge member and a philanthropist to know.

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In a State with Deep Inequities, a Billionaire Couple is Catalyzing Action on K-12 and Jobs

In a State with Deep Inequities, a Billionaire Couple is Catalyzing Action on K-12 and Jobs

In recent years, Barbara Dalio has quietly tapped a vast hedge fund fortune to help address Connecticut’s education problems. Now, in a big step up, she and her husband Ray are giving $100 million for a public-private partnership.

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A Changing Landscape: Five Trends to Watch in Charter School Philanthropy

A Changing Landscape: Five Trends to Watch in Charter School Philanthropy

Last week, IP published an in-depth story taking stock of how private funding for charter schools has evolved in recent years, based on interviews with key grantmakers. Here, we look at the trends likely to shape giving in this space going forward.


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Inflection Point: Taking Stock of Philanthropy and the Charter School Movement

Inflection Point: Taking Stock of Philanthropy and the Charter School Movement

Conversations with top backers of the charter school movement reveal that while some foundations are doubling down on these schools, others are pulling back or rethinking their strategies. We take a deep dive into a funding landscape in flux.

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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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Planet Word: A Philanthropist’s Mission to Build a Museum of Language

Planet Word: A Philanthropist’s Mission to Build a Museum of Language

The real estate heiress and former reading teacher Ann Friedman had a dream to open a museum of language in D.C., and it’s now under construction. Friedman tells us how this project emerged and who—besides herself—is putting up the money.

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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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Long Game: Inside the Carnegie Corporation’s Quest to Improve Science Education

Long Game: Inside the Carnegie Corporation’s Quest to Improve Science Education

One of the country’s oldest foundations has been working over the past decade to bolster science education, with a big focus on improving the quality of instructional materials. How’s this effort been going? And what’s been learned along the way?

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Inside the Growing Push for Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

Inside the Growing Push for Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

More funders are backing social and emotional learning and other “whole child” approaches, helping power a growing field that aims to reimagine schools. But what do philanthropies mean when they talk about SEL and what’s behind its new popularity?

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An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

Foundations and nonprofits are becoming more interested in addressing trauma among children and adolescents, as research points to its many negative effects on life outcomes. America’s Promise Alliance is one organization taking on this issue, tapping a $6 million grant.

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Divine Intervention: Who’s Giving to Faith-Based K-12 Schools?

Divine Intervention: Who’s Giving to Faith-Based K-12 Schools?

A recent $2 million gift to Catholic schools in New York City offers a valuable lens through which to examine how giving to faith-based education tends to work. Living donors and small family foundations are the key players here.

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The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

With the foundation more than a year into its education strategy reboot, we’re keeping a close eye on how its new priorities are playing out. One focus: making teachers’ professional development opportunities more aligned with high-quality curricula with proven track records.

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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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“Servant Leaders.” The Foundation That Wants to Cultivate Key Virtues Among Educators

“Servant Leaders.” The Foundation That Wants to Cultivate Key Virtues Among Educators

The John Templeton Foundation is known for its funding to answer humanity’s biggest questions. But it also engages in wide-ranging grantmaking on character and virtue development, including recent support for work focused on teachers.

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Grief in Schools: A Funder’s National Push to Expand Support for Childhood Bereavement

Grief in Schools: A Funder’s National Push to Expand Support for Childhood Bereavement

Only 7 percent of teachers have received bereavement training, despite the fact that about one in 15 kids will experience the death of a parent or sibling before reaching the age of 18. Here’s what one funder is doing to close the grief training gap.

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Promising Results: With an Infusion of Funding, a Teacher Prep Outfit Is Scaling Up

Promising Results: With an Infusion of Funding, a Teacher Prep Outfit Is Scaling Up

Despite big setbacks, the Gates Foundation hasn’t given up its quest to improve teaching, backing diverse work in this space in the past few years. Most recently, it teamed up with other K-12 funders to expand the reach of a center at Texas Tech.

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A Tech Company Known for Backing Public Education Zeroes in on Leadership in Schools

A Tech Company Known for Backing Public Education Zeroes in on Leadership in Schools

Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of the software company, is known for directly backing public school districts in the cities where its employees live and work. What behind its largest gift ever to a national education nonprofit?

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