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Foundation Center - E-Updates for Grantmakers

September 23, 2014

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

In This Issue


Funder's Forum: The Endeavor Foundation

Funder's Forum The Endeavor Foundation (formerly the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation) was established by Christian A. Johnson in 1952 to help others achieve their aspirations and make a contribution to society. Since its founding the foundation has focused attention primarily on the field of education in order to make a significant difference in independent liberal arts colleges. Foundation Center spoke with Julie J. Kidd, its president and daughter of the founder, about the foundation’s grantmaking.

— Read the interview

Investing in Innovation (i3) Success

The Foundation Registry i3 is a web site created by education funders to support the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) program. The site, which Foundation Center has been administering since 2012, simplifies the process for organizations and foundations seeking to satisfy the required matching private-sector funds for i3 proposals. In 2013, more than half of the highest-rated proposals on the Registry were matched. The 2014 cycle has already kicked off.


Visit the Foundation Registry i3

New GrantSpace Blog

GrantSpace offers information and resources for nonprofits in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations. A new, twice-weekly GrantSpace blog highlights content to help grantseekers better understand and articulate their funding needs and identify and apply to the right funding partners. The blog complements other resources on the site and enhances its impact, helping to make the grant submission and review process more efficient for both funder and grant applicant. Please spread the word to your grantees and applicants.


Visit the GrantSpace blog

New in IssueLab

Special Collection: Fisheries Management

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center, has launched a special collection of reports and presentations that examine challenges faced by small-scale fisheries and the steps being taken to improve the well-being of those dependent on environments threatened by climate change, pollution, over-fishing, and exploitation of resources. The collection enables funders to synthesize lessons learned about this increasingly urgent issue. Please explore the collection and share it with colleagues.


Explore the special collection at IssueLab

GrantCraft Case Study

A Model of Affordability: Introducing the Los
        Angeles High School Affordability Initiative

GrantCraft case studies explore situations experienced by funders, analyze outcomes and learnings, and suggest ways for peers to implement similar strategies. A recent case study describes how in September, 2008, BJE: Builders of Jewish Education in Los Angeles and five local Jewish high schools, with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, prepared to build $21.25 million in high school endowment funds over six years to help schools increase and diversify their enrollment, and to develop an adaptable model to support middle-income families who wanted to enroll their children in Jewish high schools. The resulting model offers insights and lessons for all kinds of communities.


Read the case study at GrantCraft

Foundation Center Publications


Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking


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


Grants for Elementary & Secondary Education


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Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a supporter of the Foundation Registry i3, which Foundation Center has managed since 2012.

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New in PND

5 Questions For...

Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, discusses how the Common Core stacks up, the roles of foundations and government in developing the standards, and pathways to the middle class for poor children. More»


Robin Lake, director of the University of Washington Bothell's Center on Reinventing Public Education and co-author of Making School Choice Work, discusses philanthropy’s role in helping the education community meet the responsibilities of public education. More»

William Goodloe, president and CEO of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, urges philanthropy to support comprehensive, long-term solutions to improve college access and success for low-income kids. More»

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