About Us

Our mission is to reimagine public education through powerful ideas, passionate educators and visionary innovators so all children — especially those in underserved communities — have the opportunity to succeed.

Reimagining Learning

We accelerate and strengthen the efforts of teams of educators and innovators who are making a positive difference in public education. We believe every young person should finish high school prepared and inspired to reach their most ambitious dreams and plans. It’s time to reimagine learning to help all students — especially those in underserved communities — succeed now and in the future. We meet this challenge with a rigorous investment strategy focused on impact, equity and innovation.

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Innovative Public Schools

We fund the design of new public schools—both district and charter—and the redesign of existing public schools. These schools help students develop a strong academic foundation along with other mindsets, habits and skills they’ll need for success in life.

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Ed Tech

We invest in tools and products from nonprofits and companies that deepen and enrich student learning.

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Diverse Leaders

We aspire to advance Black and Latino educators and education leaders through recruitment, retention and support so that they more closely mirror the demographics of students.

Our Model

As a national nonprofit, we raise charitable funds from donors and invest those funds to support teams of educators and innovators. We invest in people and new ideas with great potential for positive impact in three areas: innovative public schools, both district and charter; educational technology to better support student learning; and Black and Latino leaders to advance diversity in education.

New Ideas for Today and Tomorrow

Teams of educators and innovators are imagining new and more effective ways to address challenges in Prek-12 education. These passionate changemakers are working to ensure every child graduates with a strong academic foundation, along with other the mindsets, habits and skills needed for success in life. Our investment strategy is designed to find, fund and support these bold ideas and bring them to fruition faster, with stronger outcomes.

Our Team

The NewSchools team draws on extensive experience from across the education, business, policy and nonprofit sectors to help find, fund and support powerful ideas and passionate innovators. Our core values guide the work we do and how we do it.

Our History

NewSchools Venture Fund was created to enable a new type of capital market that could support the development of entrepreneurial ventures serving all children—especially those in underserved communities—within public education. Since 1998, we’ve invested nearly $345 million in over one thousand education innovators.


As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we report our financials publicly every year.