Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

These aren’t the best of times for charter schools, with political pushback growing and some disappointed donors losing interest. But IDEA Public Schools, a southern charter network, is doing better than ever. What accounts for its success?

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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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Behind a Big Bet by Top K-12 Philanthropists on a Different Way to Run Schools

Behind a Big Bet by Top K-12 Philanthropists on a Different Way to Run Schools

Backed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings with $200 million, the new ed group City Fund aims to spread the portfolio model of school management. Which means what, exactly?

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Behind the $35 Million Gift to Launch a Charter School in a Struggling City

Behind the $35 Million Gift to Launch a Charter School in a Struggling City

The CS Mott Foundation put up $35 million to start a new charter school in Flint, Michigan. What’s the story with this big gift from a funder that doesn’t consider itself a supporter of the charter movement?

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The End of the Charter School Era? Hardly. But a Key Charter Funder is Expanding its Agenda

The End of the Charter School Era? Hardly. But a Key Charter Funder is Expanding its Agenda

The Walton Family Foundation joins the growing number of charter movement backers giving more attention to traditional public schools. Here’s what the funder’s latest grants tell us about where it’s going next.

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Betting on a New Model for Schools: Inside Arnold's K-12 Grantmaking

Betting on a New Model for Schools: Inside Arnold's K-12 Grantmaking

As part of an ambitious quest to achieve systems change in U.S. society, including in education, LJAF is giving heavily to push a "portfolio model" of school governance. What's this work all about? 

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