The Big Vision for the Next Stage of Education Philanthropy

The Big Vision for the Next Stage of Education Philanthropy

Education funders believe racial justice is a top priority for the next one to three years, a report from Grantmakers for Education finds. Based on survey responses from more than a hundred GFE members and other education funders, the report, The Big Vision for the Next Stage of Education Philanthropy (21 pages, PDF) found that 39 percent of respondents chose racial justice in education as the top priority among five thematic areas, followed by preK-12 education improvement (24 percent), postsecondary and workforce success (17 percent), strengthening philanthropy in an inequitable system (14 percent), and civic education and student voice (5 percent). Specific sub-issues within the racial justice category that ranked at the top of priorities were resource inequities in school budgeting and diversifying the educator workforce and school boards. Among forty-one sub-issues across all five categories, six were seen as presenting opportunities for systemic change: improving remote learning, including broadband and device access and teacher training; shifting foundation strategy to include or expand explicit goals around racial or social justice; social-emotional and trauma-informed supports for students; improvements to online and hybrid learning; social justice movement building beyond education; and cultural awareness and implicit bias training for educators.