Overdeck Family Foundation: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: The Overdeck Family Foundation focuses its science education grantmaking on organizations that measurably improve all children’s access to out-of-school STEM experiences.

IP TAKE: This funder takes calculated risks in its funding; however, grantseekers must present evidence-based projects to qualify for a grant.

PROFILE: Founded in 2011 by John and Laura Overdeck, the Overdeck Family Foundation awards grants to organizations “[p]roviding all children the opportunity to unlock their potential.” The foundation focuses exclusive on “[i]mproving American education, supporting research and organizations that strengthen learning in and out of the classroom to measurably improve outcomes at scale for all children in the U.S.”

The Overdeck Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on early childhood education, educators, innovative schools, access to STEM opportunities and data collection to improve decision-making. Its Inspired Minds portfolio supports nonprofit organizations improving children’s access to out-of-school STEM experiences that “[c]ultivate children’s curiosity while teaching them to work in teams, base reasoning on evidence and solve problems through experimentation.” The foundation supports high quality STEM experiences by providing direct programmatic funding, leading advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels and encouraging students and their families to view STEM education at the same level of importance as literacy.

Grant amounts typically range from $50,000 to $250,000. Past grantees include Envision Excellence in STEM Education, which received funding for is STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative; and The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, which received support for its progressive science and mathematics curriculum development. To learn more about the types of organizations Overdeck supports, examine its current grantees list.

The Overdeck Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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