The industrialist Henry Rowan left behind a foundation with assets over $250 million when he died in 2015. His widow, Lee Rowan, is big fan of charter schools, judging by a $2.2 million gift she recently made.
In discussions of putting money towards principal quality to improve public schools the Windy City, one foundation’s name always comes up: the Chicago Public Education Fund. What's it doing?
When Wall Streeters turn to philanthropy, education is often their top cause. We talk with Steve Klinsky about how he was first drawn into giving for K-12 and why he's now turning his attention to the student debt crisis.
A new academic journal on education and philanthropy, launching this week, stands out in a field with little peer-reviewed scholarship. But will it be able to win respect in the ivory tower?
In another sign that community-focused approaches to K-12 philanthropy are gaining steam, Silicon Valley's most prominent new education funder is teaming up with Ford to promote student-centered learning.
Mention "Newark" in some nonprofit circles and everyone knows what you mean: a case study of bungled top-down philanthropy. Now, a new study finds that the initiative actually had some positive results.
Improving America’s schools has been something of a Holy Grail for funders—as well as a graveyard for ambitious philanthropic schemes. Lately, this funding field has been changing at warp speed.
The DC Publication Education Fund has raised tens of millions of dollars for D.C. public schools since it opened its doors in 2007. Ten years later, can we call it a success?
In a major shift, the Gates Foundation will focus on supporting locally driven K-12 solutions—embracing an idea that animated the Annenberg Challenge of the 1990s. Is the era of top-down K-12 reform coming to a close?
These are scary times for advocates of after-school programs, with federal funding at risk. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation remains the most stalwart supporter of such programs among grantmakers.
A financial crisis may force Ohio's largest online charter school to close after years of low performance. Once a popular idea, these schools have rapidly lost favor among many education reformers and funders.
One of the hardest charging and most controversial K-12 reform funders has said he's retiring. But don't expect the heavy flow of dollars from the Broad Foundation to ebb anytime soon.
Improving teaching is a perennially hot topic among education funders who've given a fortune in this area. Now, a new report lays out the work that still needs to be done on two fronts: diversity and selectivity.
We usually write about the philanthropic efforts directed against Trump. But here's an area where tech funders have found common cause with the administration and are putting up big money.
The Walton Family Foundation is acting on research that finds that students do better when their classmates come from a range of economic backgrounds. And it's working with some unusual partners.
Florida Atlantic University operates a public high school on its campus where students can earn dual high school and undergraduate degrees in four years—for free. Some donors believe it can be replicated nationally.
The high school graduation rate is the highest it's ever been, but low-income, students of color, and students with disabilities still lag behind the national average. Who's on the case?
Even as other tech funders look to charters and other ideas to "disrupt" K-12 education, Salesforce is stepping up its support of traditional public school districts in the Bay Area.
Once the youngest school kids fall behind in literacy, they rarely catch up. The Kenneth Rainin Foundation wants to make sure that doesn't happen in Oakland, and it's ramping up grantmaking.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust isn't a well known name in philanthropy, but it's made some sizeable grants lately to address community violence and advance racial equity more broadly.
A nonprofit focused on STEM teachers is making grants to encourage teachers to experiment more, hoping that this will attract more people to the profession.
A funder-backed push to improve student outcomes in the Detroit Public Schools hit the skids recently. One clear takeaway is that it's critical to engage parents early in K-12 reform efforts.
As the K-12 population changes rapidly, a report finds that education organizations are not doing enough to ensure that teachers and other leaders look like the kids in school. What's the solution?
There's growing evidence of the gains that come from teaching children soft skills, like how to handle their emotions and feel empathy for others. NoVo is one foundation with a long history, here.
The NewSchools Venture Fund is a player in the charter school movement, but its most ambitious goals involve revolutionizing how students learn. We take a peek inside this outfit with its COO.
Forget charters and choice. The grocery mogul Charles Butt is looking to improve the traditional public schools that educate some 5 million Texas children—a tenth of America's K-12 students.
The Barr Foundation, New England's largest grantmaker, is the latest funder to invest in the redesign of the traditional U.S. high school model. What's driving such efforts?
The Wallace Foundation continues its big push for school districts to develop better systems for recruiting, training and evaluating principals. We look at the latest encouraging news here.
The Sobrato Family Foundation recently expanded its commitment to improve the language and literacy skills of young English learners in California. Here's what's significant about the Sobrato model.
While there's growing research on the effectiveness of after-school and extended learning programs, this isn't an area that attracts a ton of funder attention. We look at one foundation on the case.