The education funding landscape has been in flux in recent years, as new funders have emerged with different priorities and stalwart major players have shifted course. A recent report from Grantmakers in Education highlights key trends.
The real estate heiress and former reading teacher Ann Friedman had a dream to open a museum of language in D.C., and it’s now under construction. Friedman tells us how this project emerged and who—besides herself—is putting up the money.
John Overdeck parlayed degrees in math and statistics into a multi-billion dollar fortune. Now, he and his wife Laura are emerging as major philanthropists, with a big focus on education. Here’s a look inside their rapidly growing foundation.
One of the country’s oldest foundations has been working over the past decade to bolster science education, with a big focus on improving the quality of instructional materials. How’s this effort been going? And what’s been learned along the way?
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?
Foundations and nonprofits are becoming more interested in addressing trauma among children and adolescents, as research points to its many negative effects on life outcomes. America’s Promise Alliance is one organization taking on this issue, tapping a $6 million grant.
A recent $2 million gift to Catholic schools in New York City offers a valuable lens through which to examine how giving to faith-based education tends to work. Living donors and small family foundations are the key players here.
With the foundation more than a year into its education strategy reboot, we’re keeping a close eye on how its new priorities are playing out. One focus: making teachers’ professional development opportunities more aligned with high-quality curricula with proven track records.
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.
The John Templeton Foundation is known for its funding to answer humanity’s biggest questions. But it also engages in wide-ranging grantmaking on character and virtue development, including recent support for work focused on teachers.
Only 7 percent of teachers have received bereavement training, despite the fact that about one in 15 kids will experience the death of a parent or sibling before reaching the age of 18. Here’s what one funder is doing to close the grief training gap.
Despite big setbacks, the Gates Foundation hasn’t given up its quest to improve teaching, backing diverse work in this space in the past few years. Most recently, it teamed up with other K-12 funders to expand the reach of a center at Texas Tech.
Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of the software company, is known for directly backing public school districts in the cities where its employees live and work. What behind its largest gift ever to a national education nonprofit?
A growing number of corporate philanthropies are making big commitments to complex, entrenched challenges. The latest example is $55 million in gifts from AbbVie to leading nonprofits working at the nexus of education and poverty.
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.
A who’s who of billionaire philanthropists spent millions to elect a champion of charter schools to a key office in California. Such giving is a key strength of the charter movement. But is this any way to make K-12 policy?
A nonprofit that focuses on getting evidence-based techniques to teach reading in the hands of educators recently received a $9 million gift from the founder of American Girl. Here’s where the money’s going.
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.
As the #MeToo movement continues to spotlight a pervasive problem, a local funder is teaming up with abuse prevention nonprofits to tackle sexual violence in Connecticut. Their focus: youth sports.
Salesforce’s commitment to Bay Area schools now totals more than $50 million over the course of its five-year partnership with its local school districts. But grants aren’t the only way that the company helps.
Critiques of big philanthropy often cast wealthy donors as hostile to government. Today’s leading benefactors, we’re told, vastly prefer privatized solutions to social problems. As usual, though, the story is more complicated.
Kevin Hart is another wealthy Hollywood star who’s beginning to focus more on philanthropy. His backstory and recent gifts offer hints of how his giving is likely to evolve over time.
In an era when so many K-12 funders aim to transform public school systems, the Chicago Foundation for Education works to help teachers do their jobs better, typically with very small grants. What’s the impact?
In another sign that education funders are looking beyond narrow school-level reforms, StriveTogether—with backing from the Ballmer Group—is deploying $20 million to back efforts to shift public policy and systems.
Nearly a half-billion dollars in grants will go out the door as part of the Gates Foundation’s new initiative to support school networks. We look at what kinds of groups are winning support as the money starts to flow.
The grantmaking arm of the Arizona Public Service Company continues to fund STEM education, with an eye on diversity and a changing jobs landscape. A senior team member offers an inside look at APS’s grantmaking.
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.
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.
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.
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.