Grants Awarded: September – November 2012

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
(206) 709-3100
Seattle, WA

  • Highline Public Schools, to create a three year strategic plan and also carrying out a new model for community engagement to reach underrepresented populations. $10,000
  • University of Washington Foundation, to develop and implement a high quality Massive Open Online Course that will engage a broad range of students in successfully advancing their general and developmental education. $50,000
  • Communities Foundation of Texas, to effectively engage, partner, and drive policy strategies in supporting of college-readiness and postsecondary success for all Texas students. $909,600
  • University of Wisconsin, to develop and implement a high quality Massive Open Online Course that will engage a broad range of students in successfully advancing their general and developmental education. $50,000
  • Seattle Housing Authority, to support efforts by the Seattle Housing Authority to improve high school and college graduation rates for its residents. $120,623
  • Children First for Oregon, to increase academic and life achievement among current and former foster youth in the Greater Portland area of Oregon. $50,000
  • LEV Foundation, to continue public engagement and action project to advance the policies and priorities of A+ Washington through the Excellent Schools Now (ESN) Coalition. $1,499,543
  • Washington Early Learning Fund, to provide capacity support for Thrive by Five to mobilize, sustain, and advance the development of a robust early learning system in Washington state. $1,700,000
  • Educational Service District 105, to support a pilot project integrating WaKIDS into the district's PreK-3rd professional development, with a focus on the first nine weeks of kindergarten. $111,357
  • Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, to engage instructional coaches, curriculum directors and other school- and district-level education leaders in Georgia in support of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Math Design Collaborative (MDC) tools. $179,015
  • Stand for Children Leadership Center, to establish educator panels composed of individuals committed to locally designing and championing the implementation of the recently passed teacher and leader effectiveness policies. $600,759



Surdna Foundation
(212) 557-0010
New York, NY

  • 52nd Street Project, To support the 2012 Teen Ensemble as we adjust the curriculum for a new group; and to augment the Teen Employment program with a new seminar on College Applications and explore employment options in the technical theater. $50,000
  • Baltimore Community Foundation, To support the implementation of a strategy to expand and enhance MARC train service in the Baltimore/Washington region to provide access to job, housing, education and services. $50,000
  • Center for Creative Youth of the Capitol Region Education Council, To support the pre-college summer arts intensive for teens, including a five-week residential program in instrumental and vocal music, theater, musical theater, technical theater, creative writing, dance, filmmaking, visual arts and photography. $150,000
  • COMPAS, To support ArtsWork, a 6-week, summer arts-based employment program for youth ages 14-21 in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Participants will develop vital job skills while learning about particular arts forms from professional artists. $35,000
  • Coro New York Leadership Center, To support Neighborhood Leadership, a public-private partnership with the City of New York and the Association for a Better New York that provides neighborhood leaders with the resources and skills to lead change in their communities. $15,000
  • Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc., To help HOLA's Visual Art Department increase artistic resources that will best serve the most committed teens. The goal is to move them through HOLA's pipeline, preparing them for further education and professional arts opportunities. $90,000
  • Isidore Newman School, For 50 students, grades 7-12, drawn from across New Orleans, to participate in New Jazz School, an intensive two-week summer program housed at the Isidore Newman School. $50,000
  • University of California, Berkeley - Young Musicians Program, For Scaling Up, to intensify the music programming with new artistic resources, specialist music teachers, tutors, instruments, visiting artists, concert staging consultants and the creation of the YMP Youth Orchestra, as well as infrastructure support. $60,000



The Atlantic Philanthropies
212-916-7300 (NY), 202-842-9202(DC)
New York, NY and Washington, DC

  • Center for Community Change, To protect and expand health insurance coverage for young adults (19 – 25 years old). $250,000
  • Georgetown University, To provide technical assistance to the state-based KidsWell collaboratives to work with federal and state administrators in developing policy to protect and expand children's health insurance coverage. $600,000
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP -- Manatt Health Solutions, To serve as the national coordinator and manager of the KidsWell collaboratives and website. $750,000
  • National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges, To provide training and technical assistance to help judicial leaders develop efforts to reduce referrals of youth to juvenile court for school-based misbehaviour and to expand use of positive disciplinary practices in schools. $400,000
  • Public Interest Projects, To convene and provide technical support to the national network of the Elev8 initiative, which brings together schools, families and the community in low-income areas to ensure that students succeed in school and in life. $1,150,000
  • Safe Passages, To fortify the infrastructure of Elev8 Oakland to achieve sustainability in five Oakland Elev8 school campuses, and to influence federal, state and local policies to support and fund community schools. Elev8 is a nationwide initiative that brings together schools, families and the community in low-income areas to ensure that students succeed in school and in life. $3,500,000



Stuart Foundation
San Francisco, CA

  • American Institutes for Research, In partnership with Education Equals, American Institutes for Research will facilitate the development of a foster youth education screening, monitoring and intervention system that will be piloted and implemented in Orange, Fresno and Sacramento Counties. $75,000
  • California Network of Child Advocacy Centers, To build the capacity of Child Advocacy Centers in California to serve 9,000 children each year with a coordinated response to child abuse allegations that reduces trauma, enhances safety and puts the needs of the child first. $50,000
  • Child Welfare Initiative, To improve systems that support children and families involved with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the Juvenile Courts by supporting the Child Welfare Initiative, a partnership between the courts, the County, academic institutions, and community-based organizations with a mandate to identify and implement program improvement protocols, policy changes, and best practices. and implement program improvement protocols, policy changes, and best practices. $50,000
  • Children Now, Children Now will recruit and engage a small group of influential education, child welfare, court, higher education and early childhood leaders to advise on the policy and practice implications of the recently commissioned research on foster youth education outcomes in California. $40,000
  • College Success Foundation, To build a pipeline from college into promising careers for former foster youth at corporations and nonprofit organizations in the State of Washington. $150,000
  • Institute for the Study of Family, Work, and Community, To develop an evaluation design for the installation and implementation phases of the Education Equals Partnership. $215,000
  • National Center for Youth Law, To support National Center for Youth Law to lead the development of an education screening, monitoring and intervention tool to be administered to all youth entering foster care in Fresno, Orange and Sacramento Counties. $200,000
  • National Foster Youth Action Network, To support the implementation and evaluation of the National Foster Youth Action Network (NFYAN) foster youth-led organizing model to improve services for foster youth transitioning out of care. $40,000



The Ford Foundation
New York, N.Y.

  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Core support for the New Economy Initiative to leverage resources and catalyze positive economic and social change in the Detroit metropolitan area. $3,000,000
  • Community Labor United, Inc., For a transit equity campaign to organize transit riders and their allies in Greater Boston for transportation justice and regional equity. $225,000
  • Center for American Progress, Core support for the Housing Finance Program to develop innovative housing finance and policy initiatives in response to the housing crisis. $500,000
  • The Aspen Institute, For continued development and pilot testing of an on-line infrastructure to increase the capacity of community-based organizations to deliver financial products and services to low-income consumers. $250,000
  • United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, For national and state-based advocacy, education, and public enagagement to improve financial services policy and regulation. $450,000
  • The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Inc, For Americans for Financial Reform to coordinate and provide the infrastructure for a national campaign for effective, equitable financial regulation, including public education, outreach and advocacy.   $700,000
  • The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, For the Center for Institutional and Social Change to build the capacity of the New York City Reentry Education Network to increase formerly incarcerated individuals' access to & success in education. $200,000