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The Big Vision for the Next Stage of Education Philanthropy

December 9, 2020

Grantmakers for Education (GFE) surveyed our members and others supporting education philanthropy to understand where they as individuals see the greatest opportunities for leveraging action in this quickly evolving reality. Our focus on capturing individual perspectives reflects our view that individual voice is a leading indicator of how institutional priorities and strategies may evolve. Reflecting back the outlook of individuals is especially critical during a time of rapid societal transformation.Benefiting from the insights of a set of member advisors, we identified issues highly relevant to the current moment to home in on five interlocking themes we believe are central to the future of education: Pre-K-12 Educational ImprovementRacial Justice in EducationCivic Education and StudentsPostsecondary and Workforce SuccessPhilanthropy in an Inequitable System

Education Grantmaking During COVID-19: Early Trends

April 1, 2020

In March 2020, the nation's schools began shutting down in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. More than 55 million students as well as teachers, administrators and families have had to adapt at lightning speed. Philanthropists have responded quickly, but the need for educating students has garnered little funding attention so far. Here are the early impacts of COVID-19 on learning.

Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2018-19

February 1, 2019

Grantmakers for Education's 10th anniversary edition of Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2018-19 offers insights on the current and evolving priorities of the education funding community. This new report identifies significant and profound shifts in education investments toward social and emotional learning and postsecondary and early education, and away from the core K-12 reforms that have largely defined the last decade of policymaking, as well as other relevant findings.

Grantmakers and Thought Leaders on Out-of-School Time: Survey & Interview Report

July 15, 2014

This report takes a look at the priorities of grantmakers that support afterschool or other expanded learning efforts. It also examines the perspectives of key field leaders, including heads of youth-serving nonprofits and researchers. A survey finds that "improved academic achievement" and "increased student engagement" are the most common outcomes funders hope to see from their afterschool/expanded learning giving. For their part, field leaders offer a number of recommendations, including that funders work to move K-12 reform "toward a broader view" of what learning and growth for young people means.

Changing the Classroom Context: What Do Common Core State Standards Mean for Your Education Grantmaking? a Funder's Guide to Understanding the Common Core State Standards

July 27, 2013

This guide explores challenges and opportunities for funders to navigate the Common Core as schools implement these new standards. Discusses strategy assessment and choosing leverage points.

Common Core State Standards: A Funder's Guide to Understanding Their Development and Impact in K-12 Schools

June 1, 2013

Announced in 2009 and subsequently adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards represent a new blueprint for what students in virtually every corner of the country will learn in English language arts (ELA) and literacy as well as mathematics.This guide--the first in a series by Grantmakers for Education--lays out the history of the Common Core, describes what changes it is bringing to public schools, and outlines challenges and opportunities funders should watch for in the work ahead.

Educating English Language Learners: Grantmaking Strategies For Closing America's Other Achievement Gap

April 5, 2013

This study draws upon two sources of data: an online survey and telephone interviews. In spring 2012, GFE selected 138 grantmaking organizations to participate in an online survey. The sample was composed primarily of GFE members who had indicated in GFE's 2010 and 2011 benchmarking surveys that they made grants to English learners or immigrants, but it was supplemented with funders identified as significant investors in English learners by Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. Fifty-seven grantmakers completed responses to the survey, representing diverse grantmaking entities including family foundations, private foundations, community foundations and corporate funders. Researchers supplemented the survey by conducting in-depth phone interviews with 24 survey respondents selected to represent a range of foundation sizes, organization types, geographic regions and ELL funding priorities. The study also convened an Advisory Committee comprising GFE members who are experienced funders of English learners. The advisory committee offered advice on research design, interpretation of research findings, and supplemental resources (listed in report appendix).

From Roadblock to Gateway: Improving Developmental Education for Student Success

June 4, 2012

This funder's guide captures themes and lessons from an ongoing body of work that has been supported by a number of funders working to reform developmental education. In June 2011, these funders met with prominent researchers and higher education leaders to examine promising strategies to accelerate student's progress toward earning degrees and credentials by reforming developmental education and by ensuring that more students enter postsecondary institutions prepared to succeed. This brief summarizes key insights from the gathering, from research and from funders' work to identify promising areas for grant makers to support.

Benchmarking 2012: Trends in Education Philanthropy

June 1, 2012

Presents an overview of the characteristics, priorities, practices and concerns of education grantmakers. This edition includes a historical perspective over the past five years of the series, and discusses emerging trends and funding priorities. It includes numerous statistical charts and tables.

Benchmarking 2011: Trends in Education Philanthropy

December 14, 2011

Based on a survey of GFE members, examines funder characteristics; priorities such as closing the achievement gap; budgets; grantmaking strategies; important emerging trends; and response to public-sector funding cuts.

Implementing Education Policy: Getting From What Now? to What Works

October 20, 2011

Outlines key lessons from the 2011 Education Grantmakers Institute about funding the implementation of policy change as well as advocacy and building public will. Offers framework for planning, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and communication.

Innovation 2.0: Grantmaking to Transform America's Education Systems

June 1, 2011

As social and technological forces reshape the environment, the educational landscape is being similarly transfigured as parents, employers, policymakers and students grow impatient with incremental efforts to reform a broken system. Too often such efforts have proven both slow and inadequate to the evolving needs of learners: Innovations have been inequitably distributed, promising solutions have been difficult to implement at scale. Yet the signs of widespread change are real, and there is little doubt that transformation has begun.