4 Inclusive Practices to Improve Grantmaking with Communities

By Natalie Wilson, Partner, Racial Equity As a Black mother raising a brilliant Black girl who attends a public middle school, I came to this work because I wanted more for all children, especially those furthest from opportunity. I wanted to be at the table where decisions were made to find, fund, and support the […]

Council of Parents, Students, and Innovators Selects Grantees to Receive $1.5 Million Investment for Racial Equity

NewSchools’ Racial Equity Council has selected a group of innovators to receive $1.5 million in funding. These innovators are disrupting racial inequities and advancing the wellbeing and achievement of students in Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities.  Whether it’s ensuring students have access to mental health services or culturally relevant curricula, the selected organizations — all […]

Trends Emerging From Our First 62 Investments in 2021

By Frances Messano Here at NewSchools, we kicked off 2021 with the launch of a new three-year strategy, focused on four investment areas: Innovative Public Schools, Learning Solutions, Diverse Leaders, and Racial Equity. Our team is energized by the tremendous response from education innovators and leaders across the country. As we analyzed data from the […]

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 […]

Dream Capital for Innovators Advancing Racial Equity in Education

By Frances Messano, President, NewSchools Venture Fund For the past year, there have been loud calls for justice and change stemming from the ongoing police killings of Black and Brown people and the violence against Asian-Americans. This week, George Floyd was given a measure of justice after a jury in Minneapolis convicted his killer, the […]