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.
Two longstanding funders in Detroit recently pledged $50 million to help kids there. Meanwhile, some newcomers have arrived on the scene with deep pockets for anti-poverty work. Can all this move the needle?
To learn more about how the Fund for Public Schools works and where its grant money is going in New York City, we spoke to Executive Director Sarah Geisenheimer, who’s finishing up with her second year at the helm.
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.