Ranked Nonprofits: National Education 2010

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Education is the transmission of civilization. -Will Durant
Education is the transmission of civilization. -Will Durant

The Cause: The US has a high reading literacy rate at 98% of the population over age 15, but ranks below average in science and mathematics understanding compared to other developed countries. In 2008, there was a 77% graduation rate from high school, which was below that of most developed countries. The good news is that a lot of talent at the local, state, and national level has been focused on improving the public K-12 school system as well as the higher education system in this country.

The Scope: National education experts were asked to recommend nonprofits working on literacy, school readiness, school reform, the achievement gap, human capital, instructional improvement, curricular content development, low-performing schools turnarounds, data, standards and assessments, after school programming, summer programming, and parental involvement, at the early education through secondary education level. Types of nonprofits could include research, policy, advocacy, training, traditional nonprofits or community based organizations, the traditional after-school kind of nonprofits/CBOs, or even the public/charter schools themselves. We did not consider nonprofits specifically focused on higher education.


103 National Education experts recommended the following 13 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2010 Teach for America
Teach for America's mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.
2 Medal-small-2010 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
3 Medal-small-2010 KIPP Foundation
KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 99 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 26,000 students.
4 Medal-small-2010 TNTP
The New Teacher Project’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.
5 Medal-small-2010 Harlem Children's Zone
The Harlem Children's Zone's mission is to improve the lives of poor children in America's most devastated communities.
6 Medal-small-2010 Education Trust
The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.
7 Medal-small-2010 NewSchools Venture Fund
NewSchools is committed to transforming public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed.
8 Medal-small-2010 New Leaders
Our mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.
9 Medal-small-2010 Achieve
Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a national priority so that the transition from high school graduation to postsecondary education and careers is seamless.
10 Medal-small-2010 The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Mission of The Broad Foundations: Transforming K-12 urban public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition; Making significant contributions to advance major scientific and medical research; Fostering public appreciation of contemporary art by increasing access for audiences worldwide; Leading and contributing to major civic projects in Los Angeles.
11 Medal-small-2010 New Teacher Center
The New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders.
12 Medal-small-2010 Uncommon Schools
Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable.
13 Medal-small-2010 Achievement First
The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education. Achievement First schools will provide all of our students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, to succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders for our communities.


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