A Major K-12 Funder Takes the Participatory Grantmaking Plunge

This blog was originally published by Inside Philanthropy on May 25, 2021 and can be found on their website here. A Major K-12 Funder Takes the Participatory Grantmaking Plunge By Connie Matthiessen | May 25, 2021 Participatory grantmaking: It isn’t a term that rolls off the tongue, and yet many people in the philanthropy world […]

In Pursuit of Justice

In Pursuit of Justice By Stacey Childress | April 21, 2021   The past year has laid bare the pernicious effects of structural racism and its impact on people of color, especially Black Americans. Through George Floyd’s life and death, and the recent trial, we are reminded of the moral imperative of racial justice. Yesterday’s […]

Diverse Leaders: Our Time is Now

This blog was originally published by EdSurge on Mar. 29, 2021 and can be found on their website here. Diverse Leaders are Changing Education By Frances Messano | Mar. 29, 2021 I was 20 years old and wearing my best suit. I woke up early so I could make the one-hour trip to Midtown Manhattan […]

NewSchools President Frances Messano Featured by Inside Philanthropy

This story was originally published by Inside Philanthropy on Feb. 26, 2021 and can be found on their website here. For a K-12 Funder’s New President, “Racial Equity Is the Work” By Connie Matthiessen | Feb. 26, 2021 In response to the events of 2020 and the growing outrage over racial injustice, many philanthropies are […]

Big News! NewSchools Venture Fund Announces New Strategy and Leadership

By Stacey Childress, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund If there was ever a time to imagine a more equitable future for our young people, it’s now. We know that an excellent education is central to this vision and that we can’t get there without rethinking the educational approaches of the past. I’m excited to announce that […]

Schools can stay virtually connected to their families. Here’s how.

By Gabi Netter, Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund It’s a critical time for schools to connect with their students’ families. Leaders and teachers are looking to support families with their economic, physical, and emotional needs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Families need help with at-home learning. Schools in choice-based systems need to […]

COVID-19: Resources for Education Innovators

We’ve compiled a helpful list of resources for those navigating the changing K-12 education environment due to COVID-19. NewSchools Learning from Home Resources , by NewSchools Staff NewSchools priorities during COVID-19 (VIDEO), by Stacey Childress, CEO $349 Billion In Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans For Nonprofits. Here’s How To Apply, by Stacey Childress, CEO 65% Of […]

What I’m Grateful for This Season: Education Innovators

By Miho Kubagawa, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund November is my favorite month of the year because of its focus on gratitude. A few years ago, I began the tradition of sending handwritten cards to 30 individuals during this month to thank them for something that made an impact on me. It started as a ritual […]