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Launching Research: National Education 2013

September 24th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

For years many nonprofits have worked hard to support education in the US. Supporting students, teachers, parents, communities, curriculum developers, tutors, and the many other players that lend to youth education is an important job, in many ways, the future depends on it.

This year about 50 million students are heading off to approximately 99,000 public elementary and secondary schools for the fall 2013 term (National Center on Education Statistics). As the school year begins, it seems fitting to launch our research highlighting high-impact nonprofits making a strong impact in primary and secondary education on a national level.

When we last explored this cause in 2010, 103 sector experts identified 13 nonprofits having the most impact in the sector. In order to keep our information relevant, we re-run each research cause every 3 years. It will be interesting to discover how the research results may have changed over time.

Scope of the Research

For this research we are asking experts to recommend up to four nonprofits working at national or multi-state level with a track record of doing high-impact work in the field of primary and secondary education, and up to two start-up nonprofits that have the potential to scale and have an impact at that level in the future.

Education is a vast topic and improvements and support can take on many forms. When recommending nonprofits experts may want to consider nonprofits addressing the following issues:

  • After-school programming
  • Child development
  • College preparation
  • Curriculum development
  • Data collection
  • Human capital
  • Instructional improvement
  • Literacy
  • Low-performing schools, turnarounds
  • Parental involvement
  • School readiness
  • School reform
  • Standards and assessments
  • Summer programming
  • Teacher training/education
  • The achievement gap
  • Truancy

We’d like to encourage experts to consider a diverse array of organizations. Types of organizations working in education could include:

  • Advocacy
  • After-school program providers
  • Community based organizations
  • Policy/advocacy
  • Public schools/ public charter schools themselves
  • Research
  • Training

Participation in the Research

If you are a professional (foundation staff, researcher, nonprofit staff member, etc.) working in the field of education and have insight on nonprofit organizations working in this field, we’d love to hear from you. You may have received an email from us with a link to our survey. The survey will be open until mid-October 2013. We hope you will share your perspective and insights! If for some reason we have missed you and you think you have a valuable perspective to offer, please contact Jasmine Marrow at with information about your current position and background, and we would be happy to send the survey to you to include your recommendations.

Additionally, we invite your feedback and thoughts about how you might frame this type of work. For those readers less familiar with this topic, we hope you learned something new and will check in again when we have the results of this research. Thank you all for your participation!



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