Walton Family Foundation Awards $50Mto Teach for America: The Walton Family Foundation gives $50 million to Teach For America to bolster teacher development in communities across the country. The grant will support public outreach and partnership-building efforts, as well as the training and professional development of approximately 4,000 new teachers in many of TFA’s 52 regions, including Atlanta; Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta; the Bay Area; Camden, New Jersey; Colorado; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Massachusetts; Memphis; New Orleans; San Antonio; and Washington, D.C.
Grants Support K-12 STEM Education: The Santa Barbara Foundation and the EnergyPartners Fund, gives $110,000 in grants in support of programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Most of the grants were awarded to elementary and secondary schools in Santa Barbara County, with others going to schools in Fillmore and Nipomo. In addition, a grant was jointly funded by the fund and the Highland Santa Barbara Foundation to support a second year of access to the online Reasoning Mind learning system in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.
Scholarship Data Posted On-Line: The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving releases an online directory of college scholarships available to students in the greater Hartford area. The directory includes information on scholarships available from organizations in the region as well as more than a 100 scholarships awarded by the foundation. Most are for graduating high school students.
Foundation Launches $2M Youth Engagement Initiative: The Chicago-based Spencer Foundation awards $2 million to promote high-quality civic and political engagement among young people. Measuring the Quality of Civic and Political Engagement will focus on the development of ways to measure the nature and quality of civic and political discussions taking place among youth, whether face-to-face, in writing, or online. Through the initiative, five teams of researchers from four universities — the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Colorado — will receive $400,000 each to investigate the effectiveness of a range of educational practices.
Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota
$22.9M Will Aid Education, Tribes: The Bush Foundation in St. Paul gives $22.9 million in support of efforts to improve educational success for students of all backgrounds in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23-three Native nations that share the same geography. Winners include: $2 million over three years to Teach for America-South Dakota to boost the number of culturally relevant teachers serving Native students in tribal communities in South Dakota; and $2 million over four years to AVID to partner with schools in southern Minnesota and the Bismarck/Mandan region of North Dakota to expand its nationally recognized college preparation program.
Feeding America Receives $4.4M for Anti-Hunger Campaign: Feeding America receives $4.4 million from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in support of an initiative aimed reducing hunger and improving the lives of low-income children and families in communities across the country. Through its Collaborating for Clients initiative, the foodbank network will use the grant to launch pilot programs through five local foodbanks. They are: the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Columbus; the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in Reno; the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem; Food In Need of Distribution (FIND Food Bank) in Indio, CA; and the Vermont Foodbank in Barre — aimed at helping food-insecure families.
NMEF Launches $200M High School/College Prep Campaign: The Nellie Mae Education Foundation launches a five-year, $200 million initiative to reshape public education so that 80% of high school graduates are college- and career-ready. The foundation will work over the next five years to accelerate the adoption and implementation of student-centered learning — personalized, competency-based learning that can take place anytime, anywhere — with a focus on raising public awareness of and demand for student-centered learning initiatives; increasing the tools and resources available to educators and school systems; and building a research base of evidence supporting such learning.
$400K Goes for Alternative High School Discipline: The Brooklyn Community Foundation makes four grants totaling $400,000 through its Brooklyn Restorative Justice Program. The program, which is led by the foundation in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, seeks to create a sustainable, racially just model for school-based disciplinary reform. The recipients — the New York Peace Institute, Good Shepherd Services, Partnership With Children, and Sweet River Consulting — will each partner with a Brooklyn middle or high school chosen by the NYC DOE in consultation with the leadership team to begin implementing comprehensive school-wide alternatives to punitive disciplinary methods.
Grants Go For Education, Health: The New York Community Trust distributes $8.7 million to 84 organizations working in the areas of the arts, community development, education, the environment, health, and workforce development. Recipients include the New York Immigration Coalition, INCLUDEnyc, which will receive $80,000 to help high school students with disabilities advocate for their educational needs; and Planned Parenthood of New York City, which was awarded $125,000 to expand reproductive health services for girls and young women at a new clinic in Long Island City.
Spark Receives $1.2M From Michael & Susan Dell Foundation: Spark, an ucational organization, gets a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in support of its High School Readiness and Transition Initiative for underserved seventh- and eighth-grade students. The organization will use the grant to refine and scale its programming to forty-one hundred middle-grade students in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. By incorporating project-based learning apprenticeships — led by mentors in their workplace — with skill-building curricula focused on social-emotional competencies. The program includes counseling workshops in which students explore their high school options and a database and resource guides detailing the high school application and enrollment process.
$2M Goes for Education Initiatives: The University of Texas receives $2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of innovative college-preparation initiatives across the UT system. UT will use the grant to implement and evaluate next-generation learning models designed to help low-income, first-generation college students graduate at higher rates with an affordable, quality degree. The UT system is one of three public university systems in the nation to receive a grant from the Gates Foundation to support the development and assessment of highly customized and personalized degree programs.
$1.3M to Improve Education, Fight Homelessness: The Seattle Foundation gives $1.3 million to 96 nonprofit organizations through its GiveTogether program. Grants were awarded in support of efforts to reduce homelessness, support living-wage careers, expand out-of-school-time learning opportunities, address climate change, prioritize mental health, and integrate immigrant and refugee communities, among other activities.