Michael Bloomberg is dramatically scaling up his giving toward education, an area that’s famously frustrated even the deepest-pocketed donors. Can Bloomberg succeed where others have failed?
If you look past the attention to top K-12 funders, you’ll find that foundations in this space come in all shapes and sizes, including many who support traditional public schools. Here’s a case in point from Texas.
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.
The Ballmer Group is one of the most interesting acts to follow in philanthropy right now. Its latest pair of eight-figure gifts underscores its commitment to capacity building and offers more clues about its strategy.
Communities in Schools has been around since 1977. But lately, in another indication of today’s shifting education funding landscape, it’s pulled in unprecedented support to expand its work.
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.
CZI’s education funding strategy is coming into sharper focus. It involves a range of partners and approaches, with the latest big grant for work on personalized learning in Chicago’s public schools.
In the wake of another school shooting, it’s worth taking a close look at two unusually large gifts to fight bullying and social isolation among adolescents. How do these grants fit into a broader funding landscape?
There’s a new tech giver on the scene. Well, it’s an old funder with a new endowment. Here’s a look at Akamai Foundation’s expanding grantmaking.
For years now, there's been rising controversy about super-wealthy donors intruding too far into public spaces or imposing too many demands on institutions. Apparently, Stephen Schwarzman hasn’t been paying attention.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, a leading K-12 funder in New England, has lately been engaged in a strategic planning process that puts race front and center. How’s it changing as a result?
Impact investing has a lot of potential to help scale charter schools. Not surprisingly, the Walton Family Foundation is positioning itself as a leader in putting up such capital.
A move by Kellogg to train Native American teachers for STEM early learning comes as more research shows students do better when their educators are as diverse as the classrooms they lead.
For all the hype around charters, most K-12 students still attend traditional public schools, and more funders are focusing resources there. Salesforce is a case in point and has expanded such grantmaking to Indianapolis.
Back in October, Bill Gates announced that his foundation would be putting $1.7 billion behind a new K-12 strategy over the next five years. Here's the latest on where that's heading.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just put $30 million into ensuring kids read at grade level by third grade. Here's what we know about the gift and how it fits in to CZI's other giving.
Known for its support of cognitive research, the James S. McDonnell Foundation became frustrated by how little of what it learned ended up in classrooms. Here's what it did next.
Family engagement is attracting renewed interest from foundations, to the tune of $230 million a year. What's behind funders' push to involve parents more deeply in the push to improve education?
Kevin Durant is part of a growing class of civic-minded athletes with deep pockets. A new $10 million education gift in his native Maryland shows that the 29-year-old also knows what he's doing as a philanthropist.
The Educational Theatre Foundation was formed a year ago to raise money for what seems like a super niche area. But as its ED tells us, there's more potential donor support for school theater than you might think.
In giving $25 million to the public high school he attended, a billionaire has urged other schools to hit up their wealthy alumni for support, too. Is this a viable way to bolster support for traditional K-12 systems?
Pro-charter foundations and billionaires have spent many millions to influence education policy in the state. But a group of a funders with a very different agenda is also active in backing advocacy efforts.
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has found a way to work within the school district to improve it. And it's done it with buy-in from some charter school mega-donors.
A new set of gifts from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative supporting teachers signals a larger commitment to this area and comes at a time when the profession faces major challenges.
Tech funders like CZI have led the way in backing personalized learning lately, but other foundations are also on board. We take a deep dive into what's happening in this fast evolving grantmaking space.
A foundation's legacy project links library capital improvements in inner-city schools to big gains in academic achievement. Will other K-12 funders follow its lead?
While this huge grantmaker is best known for pushing school choice, it has a lot more going on, including extensive giving in its home region and funding for education work that doesn't fit the usual mold.
It's usually charter schools that draw big private gifts. But here's a case of donor with deep ties to a public school opening his checkbook to the tune of $10 million.
Residents in high-tax places now have a big incentive to finance more school expenses through the thousands of local private education foundations that exist nation-wide.
With its latest round of grants, a Bay Area funder doubled down on its commitment to bringing together players from different sectors to tackle complicated and deep-rooted problems.