Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
-- Bob Dylan

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Power Philanthropy's biggest givers & getters

A new report on foundation activity, Critical Contributions: Philanthropic Investment in Teachers and Teaching (, released today by the University of Georgia and Kronley & Associates, found that foundations directed $684 million to teachers and teaching between 2000 and 2008.

The analysis, the first comprehensive examination of philanthropy activity in this area, also revealed that much of the funding came from a relatively small number of foundations.

The top 10 foundations accounted for 50 percent of all grants and include:
1.Carnegie Corporation of New York $81,969,575
2.Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $78,167,363
3.Annenberg Foundation $36,725,000
4.Michael and Susan Dell Foundation $25,401,978
5.Broad Foundation $24,554,869
6.Joyce Foundation $23,773,256
7.Lilly Endowment, Inc. $21,224,576
8.Milken Family Foundation $20,700,625
9.Ford Foundation $17,581,716
10.Stuart Foundation $14,459,666

In addition, the study found that more than 60 percent of all foundation grants between 2000 and 2008 went to 10 organizations:

1.Teach for America $213,444,431
2.Academy for Educational Development $59,063,000
3.Northwest Educational Service District 189 $45,012,830
4.Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation $21,561,106
5.The New Teacher Project $17,955,680
6.University of California at Santa Cruz, New Teacher Center $16,642,730
7.Teacher Advancement Program $15,480,625
8.National Board for Professional Teaching Standards $12,401,350
9.Philadelphia Foundation $10,000,000
10.Teachers Network $9,441,402

Other highlights of the report include:
  • Driven by investments in Teach for America, which was awarded $213 million, recruitment was the largest grantmaking category, capturing 38 percent of funding. This was followed by professional development (22 percent) and teacher preparation (14 percent). All other categories combined received less than 10 percent of grant funding.|
  • Today, there is a convergence between the philanthropic sector and federal policymakers. Policies and practices developed, tested and advocated for by foundations have been included in new federal initiatives, including “Race to the Top.” Funders are now seeking strategies to leverage the opportunities provided by the new federal programs while considering whether and how these programs might be sustained when federal funding ends.
The report was developed collaboratively by a team of researchers from Kronley & Associates and the University of Georgia College of Education with support from the Ford Foundation. Arthur M. Horne, dean of the UGA College of Education, and Robert A. Kronley, president of Kronley & Associates, are co-principal investigators. Claire Suggs is the principal author, with significant input from Kathleen deMarrais. Additional members of the team included Karen Watkins and Kate Swett. The report can be downloaded at

See Valerie Strauss' piece in the Washington Post: "Where private foundations award education cash."

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