Recent Grants

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November 2014

Children’s Theatre Company
$25,000

Educators 4 Excellence
$100,000

Education Transformation Initiative
$100,000

Hiawatha Academies
$150,000

Mastery School (Harvest Network of Schools)
$150,000

MinnCAN
$125,000

Minneapolis College Preparatory School
$100,000

Teach for America
$100,000

Think Small
$125,000

Way to Grow
$50,000

September 2014

The Minneapolis Foundation
$100,000

For the Centennial Futurist Conference

June 2014

Saint Paul Public Schools
$150,000

For the continued implementation of systems to eliminate gaps in academic achievement

Students for Education Reform
$50,000
For leadership development and issue organizing

May 2014

YWCA of Minneapolis
$100,000

For its early childhood education program

Children’s Theatre Company and School
$50,000

For its Neigborhood Bridges program

February 2014

Ascension Church and School
$75,000
For Ascension’s summer enrichment program expansion

AchieveMpls
$3,000

For 2014 graduates of North High School

May 2013

50CAN
$25,000
For the National Council on Teacher Quality for Minnesota’s Annual Review of the Teacher Preparation

Ascension Church and School
$75,000
For Ascension’s summer enrichment program

Educators for Excellence
$50,000
General Operating Support

EMPOWER
$20,000
General Operating Support

KIPP Minnesota
$25,000
General Operating Support

Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN)
$125,000

General operating support

Northside Achievement Zone
$125,000

To help move families and children through a “cradle-to-career” pipeline to end intergenerational poverty

George Washington Gale Scholars Program
$3,000

Scholarship in honor of Joan Milan Kelley on behalf of Karen Kelley-Ariwoola

Teach for America
$100,000

General Operating Support

Think Small
$125,000

For the Advancing Early Access and Success program

Way to Grow
$50,000

For the “Great by 8” initiative

YWCA of Minneapolis
$100,000

For its early childhood education program

The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation
$50,000

For the Parents as Partners in Learning project to help close the achievement gap

Hiawatha Academies
$80,000
For Hiawatha’s Adelante Middle School expansion

Parent Aware for School Readiness
$250,000

For ongoing promotion of the Parent Aware rating system

December 2012

Children’s Theatre Company and School
$50,000

For academic support through the arts

People Serving People
$10,000

To assist homeless children and families

The Best Academy Inc.
$50,000

Support for Out of School Time Minnesota

 

September 2012

DREAMers Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
$50,000 for a 1:1 match of donations

To provide free legal services to low-income immigrant youth and young adults applying for Deferred Action to become new members to the workforce.

Way to Grow
$15,000

To support Internet Essentials, a collaboration with Comcast, Way to Grow, Achieve Minneapolis, and The Minneapolis Foundation, to provide netbook computers to low-income Minneapolis students and their families.

Saint Paul Public Schools
$20,000

To support the Vote Yes Referendum Campaign efforts working towards closing the achievement gap for Saint Paul Public School children.

Educators 4 Excellence
$17,500

To support the expansion of Empowering Educators for Equity (E3MN) to impact student success through teacher organizing and leadership for systemic legislative and contractual changes.

April 2012

Northside Achievement Zone
$150,000

Support for the Family Engagement strategy that focuses on significantly improving the academic and developmental outcomes for children and youth.

Teach for America
$150,000

To support TFA’s expansion into schools in the Twin Cities area. Through these placements TFA-TC will continue to build and leverage the talent, skills, and experiences of its alumni in an effort to create systems-wide reforms that will increase the educational opportunities available to low-income students and students of color.

December 2011

Charter Partner Schools
$50,000

“Good to Great” work which focuses on supporting and improving the academic outcomes of existing charter schools and “Charter School Incubation” work which focuses on starting up new high performing charter schools.

Hiawatha Leadership Academy
$100,000

Support of HLA model expansion, building high quality instruction team and curriculum for middle school, conducting teacher and staff professional development training; and building a pipeline for future Hiawatha school leaders.

MinnCAN
$125,000

Support for raising public awareness about Minnesota’s achievement gap and the need for fundamental education reform, recruit and activate members to be education reform advocates and pass laws or enact administrative changes that secure significant education reforms.

Ready 4 K
$150,000

General operating support for the first year of its merger with Resources for Child Caring (now Think Small) to sustain its work on parent empowerment, early childhood education policy change, and civic engagement.

Contract for Student Achievement (CSA)
Minneapolis League of Women Voters and Pillsbury United (fiscal agents)
$10,000

CSA consists of parents and community members working to fulfill the promise of public education for every child. CSA’s five proposed reforms to the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) contract are: 1) shift to performance-based staffing across MPS, 2) allow schools to hire from an open talent pool, 3) end forced placements of teachers in schools, 4) extend learning time for those who need it, and 5) expedite process for removing in effective teachers.

September 2011

Harvest Preparatory School
$200,000 (Two-year grant)

Grant will solidify and sustain its proven and effective Harvest Prep Gap Closing Framework by conducting teacher leadership development trainings, planning and developing powerful curriculum to ensure student success, providing systematic student support, and seeking sustainable funding.

December 2010

Growth & Justice
$40,000

Support for its Smart Investments in Minnesota’s Students initiative that builds knowledge of how the achievement and attainment gaps jeopardize Minnesota’s long-term economic well-being and will embark outreach, communications, and research.

September 2010

The Minneapolis Foundation – Minnesota Meeting
$20,000
Support for Minnesota Meeting’s Gubernatorial debate on K-12 education broadcast from Twin Cities Public Television studios

MinnCAN
$125,000
Grant will help launch Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) for statewide advocacy to ensure every Minnesota child has access to a great public school

 

Minneapolis Public Schools
$200,000
Grant will engage The New Teacher Project to develop a teacher evaluation system using best practices and designed through a collaborative process

June 2010

KIPP
$125,000
For general operating support and growth of the KIPP model of education in Minnesota.

Itasca Project
$125,000
For the implementation of the new Division of Accountability, Strategy and Innovation in the Minneapolis Public Schools system.

March 2010

The Minneapolis Foundation – Minnesota Meeting
$25,000

Support for the June 10 Minnesota Meeting held at TPT Studios, focusing on education reform and including special guest Alex Johnston of ConnCAN.

November 2009

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
$67,000

For support of Achievement Plus community schools in St. Paul.

Project Success
$45,000

To continue program expansion into Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Early Learning Foundation
$250,000

To provide general operating support for the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation.

Ready 4 K
$100,000

To provide general operating support to continue its work on public policy, systems change, and parent involvement to improve school readiness in Minnesota.