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Foundation Center - E-Updates for Grantmakers

June 24, 2014

This is the third of four quarterly editions of E-Updates focused on education grantmaking.

In This Issue


Funder's Forum: Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Funder's Forum The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Based in Chicago, the foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Through involvement in philanthropic programs including education, civics, communities, journalism, and veterans, the foundation helps develop citizen Robert R. McCormick Foundationleaders and works to make life better in our communities. Foundation Center asked Sara Slaughter, its education program director:


Question How has the McCormick Foundation’s strategy for funding child and youth education evolved over the years? 

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New Tool on Funding for U.S. Democracy

Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy provides data about foundations and their democracy related grantmaking in a structured, contextualized, and visual format across several key areas: campaign and election processes, governing institutions and processes, information and media, and public engagement and voting.


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GrantCraft Makeover

GrantCraft GrantCraft harnesses the practical wisdom of funders worldwide to provide free resources that improve the practice of philanthropy. A completely redesigned website is conveniently organized by strategies, issues, and content types. Use the issue filter “education” to view guides, takeaways, events, and other content.


Explore GrantCraft resources for education funders

Preview of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations

U.S. Foundation Giving Reached an Estimated $55 Billion in 2013

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations Have foundations recovered from the great recession? According to Foundation Center’s preview of the forthcoming edition of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, overall foundation giving reached $55 billion in 2013 — $8 billion more than in 2008, the peak year for giving before the economic downtown.


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New Foundation Center Annual Report

2013 Annual Report Our fun-to-navigate 2013 Annual Report celebrates the people behind Foundation Center information and tools that help you change the world. Take a moment now to see how our talent empowers donors with the knowledge tools they need to be strategic and communicates philanthropy’s contribution to transforming the world.


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Foundation Center Partners With InterAction

InterAction InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S. based non-governmental organizations working on international development and humanitarian assistance, and Foundation Center, have announced a strategic partnership to promote greater visibility and understanding of global private development assistance.


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Recent Foundation Center Publications


2013 Annual Report


Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement


YouthBank Model Has Global Appeal


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Featured Partner: Open Society Foundations

Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement is our partner in BMAfunders.org, a project that facilitates strategic grantmaking, Open Society Foundationsincluding in the area of education for black men and boys.

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New in PND


Michael McPherson, president and CEO of the Spencer Foundation, discusses the state of public education in the U.S., the Common Core and its critics, and where the U.S. educational system is headed. More»

5 Questions For...

John Gomperts John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, discusses the Alliance’s new report on high school graduation rates and the persistent achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color. More»


Kent McGuire Kent McGuire, president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation, argues that for profound education reform to happen we must address the effects of poverty on children’s school readiness and ability to learn. More»

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