Redefining Philanthropic Giving in Education: Focusing more attention toward equity

Funders are redefining philanthropic giving in education, focusing increasingly on advancing education equity, according to a new report from Grantmakers for Education.

Besides revealing investment shifts toward equity, the survey Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2018-19, shows funders' interest also on "postsecondary and early education and social and emotional learning efforts and away from the core K-12 reforms that have defined the last decade of policymaking, such as standards, assessments, school turnaround and teacher quality," explains the press release.

Regarding advancing education equity as one of the areas in which funders are increasingly focusing, the release states:

Seventy-five percent of respondents targeted funding with an explicit focus on making our schools more equitable to all learners – including efforts such as restorative justice and wraparound supports for low-income populations, ethnic or racial minorities, people who identify as LGBTQ, immigrants and refugees, women and girls or people with disabilities. They identified efforts to promote educational equity primarily focused on providing resources to communities least-well served to increase equitable learning opportunities for youth.

Read the report here.

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