Editorial Projects in Education
At Editorial Projects in Education and Education Week, we believe that lasting school improvement will only come about when policymakers, practitioners, and the public are armed with the information they need to understand and push for change. In support of our mission – to elevate awareness and understanding of important educational issues among professionals and the public – we seek and accept grant funding from the philanthropic community that reflects a similar commitment to improving K-12 education for all children.
Philanthropic support has played an important part in the history of Editorial Projects in Education, particularly at such crucial junctures as the creation of Education Week in the early 1980s. Foundation funding has been instrumental in launching the annual Quality Counts and Diplomas Count reports, among other major new lines of work, and in supporting those editorial projects over some period of time. Grants also provide the additional resources that enable our newsroom, research center, and Web-production team to produce consistently high-quality, engaging news and information spanning the full range of issues that impact public education. Today, portions of EPE’s work are underwritten by generous grant support from more than a dozen funders.
In the course of more than five decades of service, the field has come to depend on EPE as an essential source of independent news and information. That trust is our trademark. Editorial decision-making and the creation and publication of content – including content produced with support from philanthropic funding – remain in the sole control of Education Week, under the direction of its Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor.
A Commitment to Transparency
Editorial Projects in Education is firmly committed to providing transparency in every aspect of the organization’s funding. Accepting financial support does not mean that EPE endorses funders or their products, services, policy positions, or opinions.
EPE accepts selected grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations, and foundations to help support the organization’s general operations, capacity-building initiatives, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Foundation grants and other funding provide support for work across EPE’s multiple media and publishing platforms – including print, digital, and video. The news judgments of Education Week and EPE’s other editorial operations are made independently – not based on or influenced by financial supporters. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review, or edit content.
As a matter of policy, EPE will make public the identities all donors. We will not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials, or candidates actively seeking public office. In addition, EPE will not accept donations from sources who our senior leadership and Board of Trustees believe present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.
EPE maintains a listing of all current funders on its website. We provide information on the purpose of the grant or other financial support, as well as a description of the funder’s mission. Additional details regarding the ways in which Education Week discloses relationships with funders in the context of its journalism can be found in EPE’s Statement of Editorial Independence and Standards.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports coverage of the implementation of college- and career-ready standards and the use of personalized learning in Education Week and on edweek.org. The foundation also provides general support for the expansion of Education Week’s video-production capabilities. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. Its commitment to education centers on working to ensure all students graduate high school prepared to succeed in college and careers.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York supports coverage of trends in K-12 innovation and efforts to put these new ideas and approaches into practice in schools, districts, and classrooms in Education Week and on edweek.org. The Carnegie Corporation also provides general support for the expansion of Education Week’s video-production capabilities. Created in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Corporation seeks to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”
The CME Group Foundation supports coverage of early-math education in Education Week and on edweek.org. The CME Group Foundation works to advance the economy by supporting education from cradle to career, primarily in the Chicago region. The foundation’s early math initiative enables a birth through 3rd grade continuum of best practices in professional development for teachers and caregivers.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation supports coverage of policy, government and politics, and systems leadership in Education Week and on edweek.org. The foundation was established by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts.
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provides general support for the expansion of Education Week’s video-production capabilities. The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Education Program aims to ensure all students graduate high school prepared for college or careers by supporting teachers in these efforts. In higher education, the Trust seeks to increase the number and diversity of college graduates in STEM fields by improving persistence to graduation.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports coverage in Education Week and on edweek.org and on edweek.org of the experiences of low-income, high-achieving students. The foundation provides generous scholarships to exceptionally high-achieving students throughout the country who have financial need as well as provides grants that support high-achieving, low-income students with innovative programming.
The Joyce Foundation supports coverage in Education Week and on edweek.org of policy efforts to improve the teaching profession. Joyce works to close the achievement gap by improving teacher quality in schools that serve low-income and minority children, expanding early-childhood education, and promoting innovations such as charter schools.
The NoVo Foundation supports coverage of social and emotional learning in Education Week and on edweek.org. NoVo is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society by supporting the development of capacities in people—individually and collectively—to help create a caring and balanced world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation.
The Noyce Foundation supports coverage of science learning and career pathways in Education Week and on edweek.org. Launched in 1990, the Noyce Foundation is dedicated to improving math, science, and reading instruction in public schools, promoting school leadership and education research, and expanding opportunities for informal, hands-on science learning for students.
The Raikes Foundation supports coverage of learning mindsets and skills in Education Week and on edweek.org as part of its mission to empower young people to transform their lives. The foundation believes that when students have learning mindsets and skills, they are motivated to learn and know how to learn.
The Schott Foundation for Public Education supports data-driven journalism projects for Education Week and on edweek.org. The Schott Foundation works to unite a growing coalition of advocates and organizers from across the country working to ensure that all students have access to a high quality public education.
A grant from The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration underwrote in part legal expenses associated with the acquisition of Learning Matters TV by Editorial Projects in Education. The Fund makes grants to encourage and support mergers, acquisitions, joint-ventures, and others types of formal, long-term collaboration between nonprofits.
The Wallace Foundation supports coverage in Education Week and on edweek.org of public school leadership, extended and expanded learning time, and arts learning. The foundation also provides general support for the expansion of Education Week’s video-production capabilities. The Wallace Foundation seeks to create widespread change by sharing lessons that public and private institutions can use to promote benefits for the people they serve.
The Walton Family Foundation supports coverage in Education Week and on edweek.org of issues related to creating opportunities for all American students and their families to choose a quality school. The foundation promotes initiatives to expand parental choice and equal opportunity in education to help spur the bold transformation of the national K-12 system of public education.