At Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit organization that publishes 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 our organization, 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, Diplomas Count, and Leaders to Learn From reports, among other major new lines of work, and in supporting those 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. Over the past few years, portions of our work have been underwritten by generous grant support from dozens of funders.
In the course of more than five decades of service, the field has come to depend on Education Week 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
Education Week is firmly committed to providing transparency in every aspect of the organization’s funding. Accepting financial support does not constitute an endorsement of funders or their products, services, policy positions, or opinions.
We accept 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 EdWeek’s multiple media and publishing platforms – including print, digital, and video. The news judgments of Education Week and our 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, we will make public the identities of all donors. Education Week will not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials, or candidates actively seeking public office. In addition, we 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.
Education Week 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 our Statement of Editorial Independence and Standards.
General operating support for Education Week is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 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.
General operating support for Education Week is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie, the Corporation seeks to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative supports Education Week’s coverage of whole-child approaches to learning. CZI also provides general support for investments in Education Week’s technology infrastructure. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is using technology to help solve some of our toughest challenges—from preventing and eradicating disease, to improving learning experiences for kids, to reforming the criminal justice system.
General operating support for Education Week and its coverage of leadership and innovation in public schools is provided by The Charles Butt Foundation. Through The Holdsworth Center and the Raise Your Hand Texas Education Fund, the foundation supports excellent and equitable outcomes for all students. The foundation’s focus includes superintendent and principal development, scholarships for aspiring teachers, career-themed high schools, deep partnerships with school districts to help them grow their own pipeline of outstanding leaders, and blended learning initiatives.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage of afterschool learning opportunities. Through its programs focused on Civil Society, Education, Environment and the Flint Area, the foundation seeks to fulfill its mission of supporting efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society.
The Field Foundation of Illinois provides support for Education Week to host an event on civics education in Chicago. Through its grantmaking, the Field Foundation supports community empowerment in the Chicago through funding nonprofits working in Justice, Art, Media & Storytelling, and Leadership Investment.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage 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 grants that support high-achieving, low-income students with innovative programming.
The Joyce Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage of principals and school leadership. The foundation invests in the future of the Great Lakes region by supporting policies that advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation. It’s Education & Economic Mobility Program works to ensure equitable access to high-quality education and jobs for the next generation, especially young people of color and those from low-income communities.
The Kern Family Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage of character education and development. The Foundation’s mission is to empower the rising generation of Americans to build flourishing lives anchored in strong character, inspired by quality education, driven by an entrepreneurial mindset, and guided by the desire to create value for others.
The NEA Foundation provides support for Education Week’s Teaching in The Time of Coronavirus project. The NEA Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student success by investing in public education that will prepare each of America’s children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
NewSchools Venture Fund provides general support for Education Week’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on America’s schools. NewSchools is a nonprofit venture philanthropy that uses charitable donations to support teams of educators and innovators who are reimagining public education to give all students—particularly those from underserved communities—a better opportunity to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans.
NoVo Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage of social and emotional learning. 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.
Oak Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage of students with diverse learning needs. The foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Its Learning Differences Programme invests in not-for-profit organizations that improve education for all students, particularly those with learning differences who experience further marginalization due to racism and poverty.
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation provides support for Education Week to host an event on civics education in Chicago. The McCormick Foundation works with communities in Chicagoland and across Illinois to develop educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Its aim is to assist communities, to strengthen democracy, and help ensure that all families and children have the opportunities they need to flourish.
Spencer Foundation supports Education Week’s virtual convening activities on research-to-practice connections in education. The foundation believes education research is integral to improving education, making education systems more equitable, and increasing opportunities to learn across the lifespan. Spencer has been a leading funder of education research since 1971 and is the only national foundation focused exclusively on supporting education research.
The Wallace Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage of issues including education leadership, summer learning, social and emotional learning, arts learning, and afterschool. The foundation also provides general support for the expansion of Education Week’s video-production capability. The Wallace Foundation seeks to create both direct benefits for its grantee partners in the form of improved capacity and services and indirect benefits for the fields in which it works by developing and sharing credible, useful knowledge.
The Walton Family Foundation supports Education Week’s coverage of strategies for advancing the opportunities for students most at need. 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.
General operating support for Education Week is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Hewlett Foundation is committed to supporting ideas and institutions that build a better world. The foundation’s Education program invests in improving teaching and learning, which includes preparing teachers and school systems to support every student, and providing high-quality, openly licensed instructional materials.
General operating support for Education Week is provided by the William E. Simon Foundation. Recognizing that a good education is indispensable in today’s world and that it opens doors to opportunity and advancement, the foundation seeks to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.