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National Webinar:
How to Make the i3 Match: Strategies for Education Funders

May 18, 2010

Grantmakers investing in improving education can play an important role in the U.S. Department of Education's Innovation (i3) Fund competition, particularly the requirement that i3 applicants obtain a 20 percent match in private funds or in-kind donations. With the Department's i3 Fund disbursement set for September 30, a number of grantmakers across the country are helping eligible nonprofit organizations, schools, and school districts with applying to the Fund as well as with meeting the private match requirement.

To provide some guidance to education funders and hear how other funders are considering how best to "make the match," we hear from two grantmakers from The Wallace Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation who present examples of their foundation's involvement in these efforts, discuss challenges and opportunities encountered in the process, and offer strategies for making the process more efficient and effective..

Demonstration of the Foundation Registry i3:
Following the discussion, we have a demonstration of the Foundation Registry i3, a new online application developed by a group of 12 foundations*, designed to simplify the private funding application process for potential grantees, improve the ability for foundations to examine investment opportunities, and facilitate coordination with the U.S. Department of Education around the i3 Fund.


  • Richard Laine, Director of Education, The Wallace Foundation
  • Dr. Ali Webb, Program Officer, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Kartik Raghavan, Senior Advisor, Bill & Melinda Gates foundation (leads Foundation Registry i3 team)

This webinar is presented as part of the Foundations for Education Excellence initiative, made possible through support by the C.S. Mott Foundation. We also thank the Council on Foundations, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Grantmakers for Education, and the Philanthropy Roundtable for their assistance with this effort.

*Foundation Registry i3–Participating foundations: the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Ford Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Lumina Foundation; Robertson Foundation; The Wallace Foundation; the Walton Family Foundation; The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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