NewSchools is a venture philanthropy that builds a better education system by connecting people, resources, and ideas.

Investing in a Bright Future For All Students: 2023 Trends

Frances Messano

I’m thrilled to announce that NewSchools this year is investing $25 million in 102 ventures. These visionary teams are designing solutions with support from their communities. They are listening to students, parents, and educators and working to make education more engaging and relevant for all learners.


Leading at the Edge: A Story 25 Years in the Making

Danielle Kristine Toussaint

NewSchools is in good company this year among peers in philanthropy and education who are celebrating milestone anniversaries or signaling deeper shifts …

Why We’re Leading with Optimism, Imagination, and Ambition in 2023

Frances Messano

It’s an exciting and challenging time to step into the CEO role at NewSchools. For the past eight years, I’ve been an executive leader in the organization …

Results from 2022 — What We Measured and Why It Mattered

Frances Messano

From the beginning, NewSchools has pioneered new ways of funding innovation in public education. Today, I’m as convinced as ever that venture philanthropy still has a powerful role …

25 Years of Leading at the Edge

We’re rewriting the rules of education and philanthropy – who gets to lead, who’s invited to collaborate, and whose dreams have a shot at coming true. 

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Featured News & Insights​

An expanded definition of student success should guide the pandemic-era learning recovery

Jason Atwood

Across the country, educators, policymakers, and innovators are urgently working to help schools recover from the academic and mental health impacts of Covid-19 …

Rewriting the Rules: How to Make Teaching More Diverse, Rewarding, and Sustainable

Mia Howard

Finding and keeping diverse and talented teachers is a growing challenge in many parts of the country. Years of disrupted schooling, political and cultural battles, and …

Frances Messano

Earlier this month, my organization, NewSchools Venture Fund, gathered venture leaders, staff, funders, and supporters from every chapter of our history to celebrate …

Celebrating 25 Years of Impact

We are calling on passionate and committed individuals — seasoned philanthropists and those just getting started — to lead and learn alongside us. Get in touch to hear more about opportunities to celebrate and invest with us during this milestone year.