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.
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 four areas: innovative public schools, both district and charter; learning solutions that reinvent the student experience; organizations that advance Black and Latino leadership in education; and early-stage ideas outside our other investment areas that advance racial equity.
New Ideas for Today and Tomorrow
The call has never been more urgent to innovate — to bring new approaches and new organizations that will give every child a great chance in life. The genius to create an equitable education system already exists in our nation and in our communities, but these new ideas must have the support they need to grow. That’s why NewSchools goes beyond just offering funding. We engage our ventures as partners to help each organization reach its full potential for impact.
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.
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.