California Education Policy Fund Announces Third Grantee Cohort, Totaling $2.52 Million, to Support Statewide Education Reform

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Grants awarded to 10 California organizations working on education policy reform with emphasis on needs of underserved students.

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The efforts of the Hewlett Foundation and other donors, along with these exceptional grantee organizations, are building on the already strong momentum in education reform in California.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) today announced grants from the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) to support an ecosystem of nonprofit organizations working on deeper learning through policy change in California. The efforts aim to boost student achievement and college and career success in California, especially among disadvantaged students. Totaling $2.52 million, the grants will provide general operating support to 10 well-established and newer organizations positioned to effect positive change in California’s education policies.

Launched in 2011, with a gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CEPF is now focused on supporting organizations that work with California schools to achieve policy and practice reform that advances Deeper Learning—the set of academic knowledge and higher-order skills that students need to succeed in 21st-century work and civic life. Deeper Learning prioritizes mastery of academic content along with critical thinking and complex problem solving, effective communication, teamwork and collaboration, learning how to learn, and academic mindsets—attitudes and beliefs students have of themselves, and schooling, motivating them to want to learn and learn successfully.

“The efforts of the Hewlett Foundation and other donors, along with these exceptional grantee organizations, are building on the already strong momentum in education reform in California,” said Melissa A. Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which manages the CEPF.

CEPF invests in high-performing, action-oriented advocacy and organizing groups, as well as groups that focus on research, policy analysis and information sharing. CEPF seeks grantees which have the potential to address and impact Deeper Learning education reform policy at the state level in California. The selected grantees work on a range of K-12 and community college policy-related issues. This cycle’s grantees include:

  •     Career Ladders Project
  •     Children Now
  •     EdSource
  •     Education Trust-West
  •     Educational Results Partnership
  •     Foundation for California Community Colleges
  •     Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP)
  •     John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
  •     Partnership for Children and Youth
  •     Public Advocates

Grantees were selected from qualified organizations as part of a comprehensive application process. Proposals were reviewed by RPA and Capitol Impact, LLC., a Sacramento-based education-consulting firm, with the counsel of an independent Grant Award Advisory Committee, comprised of experts in education in both the K-12 and higher education spheres. RPA is responsible for all final grant decisions.

“The Hewlett Foundation is happy to be working in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors on this endeavor to improve education by promoting Deeper Learning in California schools,” shared Barbara Chow, director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program.

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About Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $280 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, it traces its antecedents to John D. Rockefeller, Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage his philanthropy “as if it were a business.” With thoughtful and effective philanthropy as its only mission, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and as a whole has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA’s diverse staff of nearly 40 is led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across multiple issue areas.

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