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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Public Understanding & Demand EdVestors


EdVestors was founded in on the belief that in order to see improved results in public education, private philanthropy has to play an active role by bringing financial resources and strategic thinking to the urban district. Now, 14 years later, EdVestors has invested more than $21 million while working with all types of urban schools— from independent charter to traditional district schools. 

Grant Description 

First awarded in 2006, the School on the Move Prize continues to be regarded as Boston’s premier award for public schools and is a coveted honor among teachers and school leaders across Boston. Each year, EdVestors awards one of Boston’s most improving public schools with the $100,000 prize in front of 300 of Boston’s business, education, civic, and philanthropic leaders including the Governor, Mayor, and BPS Superintendent. The School on the Move Prize aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to building public understanding and demand for student-centered approaches that better prepare all students for the future. The Prize Ceremony shines a light on schools that have implemented innovative approaches to dramatically boost the academic success of their students, while cultivating public support from a diverse audience of public education stakeholders. 

7/31/2019 $5,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Zumix, Inc.

Zumix, Inc. 

Zumix empowers young people to build successful futures for themselves, transforming lives and communities through music, technology, and creative industry employment. Zumix accomplishes this mission by providing youths with the education, skills, and tools to study music, creative media, and technology, while fostering growth personally, artistically, professionally, and civically. The 21st century skill youths acquire at Zumix support overall education and career readiness. 

Grant Description 

On October 23, 2019, Zumix will host its second annual gala fundraising event, The MUZE, to raise funds for the free, community-based, education and youth development programs it has sponsored in each of the past 28 years since its founding in 1991. Sponsors are investing in the personal, creative, educational, civic, and professional growth of the youths Zumix serves in the Greater Boston area. Zumix programming is transformative and strives to build self-confidence and leadership abilities, while supporting the completion of high school and creating potential for further education and future employment opportunities in a variety of roles in the music industry and elsewhere. 

7/31/2019 $5,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Asian American-Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Asian American-Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy 

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved AAPI communities to build a more just and equitable society. 

Grant Description 

The 2019 UNITY Summit is the signature convening for CHANGE Philanthropy and is held every other year. The goal of this convening is to weave AAPIP’s shared values along with strategic approaches through an intersectional lens. Unity Summit will examine and challenge how philanthropy engages, addresses, and invests in diverse impact within diverse communities. The Unity Summit will bring together AAPIP’s partners’ members and sector allies which represent diverse idealities and lived experiences to explore and examine philanthropic equity strategies. 

7/31/2019 $10,000 Oakland CA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Education Reimagined

Education Reimagined 

Education Reimagined commits to the idea that learner-centered education be available to every child, regardless of background or circumstance. They are guided by a transformational vision for the future of education created by 28 ideologically diverse education stakeholders brought together to reimagine education. 

Grant Description  

This grant is to support the growth and development of Education Reimagined as now a separate organization from Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. 

7/31/2019 $109,326 Washington DC
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity LearnLaunch


LearnLaunch Institute is a non-profit dedicated to increasing student achievement through the adoption of digital technologies. 

Grant Description 

In year two, LearnLaunch will continue to develop a pipeline of school leaders prepared with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to cultivate and lead a personalized student-centered school. MISL 2.0 will more effectively use the Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered Personalized Education to deepen school leader’s understanding of how to create a learner-centered culture within MAPLE’s partner districts. Key objectives include: Equity Best Practices; Professional Learning (Summits + Opportunities); and Coaching. 

7/27/2019 $180,000 Boston MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Tides Center

Tides Center 

Tides accelerates the pace of social change, working with innovative partners to solve society's toughest problems. 

Grant Description 

The Mass IDEAS long-term goals are to build the capacity of schools, districts, and communities to improve school models and to launch up to ten new or redesigned schools with highly personalized learning environments to drive demand across the state by 2020. Objectives to support this goal in the 2019-2020 grant period are: design teams will be supported with Mass IDEAS implementation grants resulting from NMEF funds; all teams participating in Mass IDEAS design activities (e.g. planning and implementation grants) will receive support for their prototypes and models, such skills training, coaching, and professional learning community opportunities. 

7/23/2019 $499,997 San Francisco CA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Pittsfield Youth Workshop

Pittsfield Youth Workshop 

Pittsfield Listens brings community members together in a safe and authentic way to share ideas, get informed, discuss issues, support solutions, and help make Pittsfield a great place for everyone to live, learn, work, and play. Pittsfield Youth Workshop empowers youth by helping them develop useful skills, self-esteem, and meaningful friendships through involvement in activities that are interesting, challenging, and healthy avenues to self-discovery. 

Grant Description 

The grant will support Pittsfield Listens ongoing efforts to build youth leadership and to stay engaged in NEYON. 

7/23/2019 $30,000 Pittsfield NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Youth on Board

Youth on Board 

YOB supports the power of students to transform their communities by recognizing that when young people are fully engaged—when their voices are heard, their opinions matter, and their unique perspective is respected—they commit themselves to making their schools, their communities, and their own lives better. 

Grant Description 

This grant will support Youth on Board's ongoing work. This includes but is not limited to work with the Boston Public Schools and NEYON. 

7/23/2019 $30,000 Somerville MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand The College Crusade of Rhode Island

The College Crusade of Rhode Island 

The College Crusade of RI is an innovative nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for low-income urban youth. Each year they serve approximately 3,900 Crusaders from Rhode Island’s most economically disadvantaged families in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and Cranston. 

Grant Description 

The College Crusade of Rhode Island has been gearing up for a very special occasion – their first ever gala, to celebrate a remarkable milestone, the Crusade’s 30th anniversary. Beyond an unprecedented 30 years of making meaningful differences in the lives of 28,000 students in RI, this event is even more significant as the College Crusade looks toward preparing for their next chapter and shares their vision for the future, to not only help students get to college, but THROUGH college. 

7/23/2019 $10,000 Providence RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand Sociedad Latina

Sociedad Latina 

Founded in 1968, Sociedad Latina provides holistic youth development programming to underserved youth ages 11-21 from across Boston, with a focus on Latino and Mission Hill/Roxbury residents. Their Pathways to Success model includes complementary programs in our four focus areas: civic engagement, education, workforce development and arts & culture. They take a culturally-based approach that builds on youth assets and supports them to achieve their goals of college, career and community leadership. 

Grant Description 

This grant will support Sociedad Latinas ongoing work with Boston youth. Grant supports their capacity and ongoing connection to NEYON. 

7/23/2019 $30,000 Roxbury MA