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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Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

With over 600,000 people released from prison every year, reentry challenges are drawing more attention from philanthropy. One nonprofit in this space that’s teaching coding to inmates has found some powerful allies, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Philanthropy is a small but important part of major projects in Seattle and the Bay Area aimed at ensuring more affordable housing and providing aid to the homeless. Where can grant dollars have the most impact in taking on these daunting challenges?

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How Are Funders Stepping Up in the Fight Against Still-Untreatable Neurodegenerative Diseases?

How Are Funders Stepping Up in the Fight Against Still-Untreatable Neurodegenerative Diseases?

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s afflict millions of people worldwide, with growing human and financial costs. As a new year begins, we look at some of philanthropy’s current efforts to move the needle on research and treatment.

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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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Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

More anti-poverty funders are looking beyond major cities to struggling rural communities. The latest example of grantmakers casting a wider net is the Communities Thrive Challenge, from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Rockefeller Foundation.

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New Frontier: A Funder Invests to Connect Teachers to the Best Research on Brain Science and Learning

New Frontier: A Funder Invests to Connect Teachers to the Best Research on Brain Science and Learning

Researchers have made big strides in understanding brain development and how kids learn. But getting this new knowledge into classrooms isn’t easy. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is among a handful of funders that wants to change that.

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What Kids Need to Succeed: CZI’s Latest Moves to Advance a "Whole Child” Approach to Education

What Kids Need to Succeed: CZI’s Latest Moves to Advance a "Whole Child” Approach to Education

The philanthropy piloted by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan is hot on the trail of evidence-based strategies that address a full range of student needs, including social and emotional stresses that deeply affect kids’ ability to learn and thrive.

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Go With the Gut: A Legacy Foundation and Silicon Valley Funder Team Up on Cell Research

Go With the Gut: A Legacy Foundation and Silicon Valley Funder Team Up on Cell Research

Helmsley Charitable Trust and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, two heavy hitters in health research, are partnering to better understand cells in our intestines, as part of a larger moonshot project to catalogue all human cells.

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New Linkages: A Closer Look at a K-12 Collaboration Between Two Top Funders

New Linkages: A Closer Look at a K-12 Collaboration Between Two Top Funders

There’s growing funder interest in addressing the social and economic factors that influence student success. A new initiative backed by Ford and CZI, Together for Students, underscores this important trend.

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Wanted: Visionary Research to Accelerate Gains in Education

Wanted: Visionary Research to Accelerate Gains in Education

Two top K-12 funders have mounted an ambitious research and development quest to find “transformative education solutions.” The hope is to accelerate change in a field that can feel like a brutal slog.

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Old and New: What's Interesting About the Partnership Between Rockefeller and Chan Zuckerberg

Old and New: What's Interesting About the Partnership Between Rockefeller and Chan Zuckerberg

While living donors and legacy foundations often eye other warily, they have a lot to gain from collaborating and more such efforts are emerging. Here's an example of that, focusing on economic equity. 

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