A solution: K-12 education foundations
K-12 education foundations are engaging their local communities – often the top business leaders – to generate learning resources for classrooms, teachers and students. These resources represent flexible dollars for school districts to use to keep pace with the rapidly changing learning environment.
K-12 education foundations offer programs that shape the whole student – arts and music programs, environmental education, dropout prevention, leadership training, programs to cultivate young entrepreneurs, and career and technical education – to mention only a handful of the efforts. In fact, many education foundations were advocating STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) long before it became a trendy, mainstream education topic.
Many education foundation board members have a unique blend of skills and experience – they are local business leaders who have a deep understanding of public education. These board members are engaging leaders in their communities to invest money, talent and time into improving the student learning experience.
CI conducts an annual study (see studies below) of K-12 education foundations to show that K-12 education foundations are enhancing public education in many unrecognized ways.
The Caruthers Institute (CI) research reveals that in 2014 the 200 largest K-12 education foundations:
Invested to enhance local public education.
In assets showing long-term sustainability.
On programs for students and teachers.
Who want to be part of the solution.
Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation