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Grantmakers for Education New Mexico Study Tour: Building the Future for Students in College and Career

August 14, 2023

This past spring, a group of education grantmakers met in New Mexico to tour the the postsecondary pathways programs in the rural Four Corners area. The study tour was arranged by EdFunders' Postsecondary Access and Attainment Impact Group. This report provides information on college and career pathways and highlights the experiences and learnings from the study tour.

Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2023

June 1, 2023

This report offers insights into where and how funders are working, their evolving priorities and their role in supporting education innovation that benefits the nation's learners. The 15th anniversary report by Grantmakers for Education -- the first post pandemic -- is based on a survey of 142 education philanthropies. The survey results signal that the pandemic and attention to the ways in which systems disadvantage different communities have shifted the investments and concerns of education philanthropists.Education philanthropies are funding redesign and transformation in the U.S. education system, signaling a fundamental shift in approach.Education funders are very concerned about the politicization of education. Funder interest in supporting a "whole learner" approach is growing, as there is growing recognition that children without access to basic needs and emotional security will not thrive academically.With trust in government eroding, the role of philanthropy as it relates to education has never been more critical, but the impact of philanthropy depends on whether funders can critically examine their own practices.

Grantmaking Practices to Support Equity and Sustainability in Out-of-School Time

October 5, 2022

From 2020-2022, seven national foundations collectively supported the out-of-school time (OST) field to withstand, recover, reopen and re-imagine, through the acute phases of the COVID pandemic and the ongoing impact.The funders pooled their resources through Grantmakers for Education (EdFunders), providing grants to national intermediaries supporting the field with advocacy, convenings, professional development opportunities, communications, toolkits, guides, youth voice and leadership initiatives, and other actions to strengthen practitioners' capacity to meet the evolving needs of children, youth and families.In addition to providing flexible financial support to each organization, the funders commissioned grantees to produce a report identifying key field-facing challenges and recommendations to address them. The report prioritized perspectives of Black, Latino and Indigenous communities represented in the grantee cohort – acknowledging that these perspectives are among those that have been historically under-represented within the OST field's leading policy, practice and research tables.This document – collaboratively produced by the eight grantee organizations and published by EdFunders, summarizes themes and insights from the report and a series of followup conversations among the funders and grantees.

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.