Educational Institutions

The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education

  • Washington, DC
  • www.neafoundation.org

Mission Statement

The NEA Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare each of America's children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Main Programs

  1. Grants to Educators
  2. Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative
  3. Salute to Excellence in Education Gala
  4. Innovation
  5. Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Public schools throughout the United States

ruling year

1969

President and CEO

Self-reported

Ms. Harriet Sanford

Keywords

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public education, professional development, school improvement, teaching, higher education, student achievement, closing the achievement gap, grants to educators, teaching profession

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EIN

23-7035089

Also Known As

The NEA Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Over the past ten years, the NEA Foundation has awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning. In addition, we have invested more than $11 million in district-based efforts to close the achievement gaps through our signature Closing the Achievement Gaps initiative.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Grants to Educators

The NEA Foundation has learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets: educators. But engaging students takes more than hard work. In fact, data indicates that educators spend, on average, nearly $500 of their own money per year on classroom supplies. That’s why, over the last 10 years, we have awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators to turn their ideas into far-reaching results. In 2014-2015 alone, through the Grants to Educators program, the NEA Foundation has impacted an estimated 16,759 educators and 334,176 students.

To build our knowledge base and to uncover new, great practices in public education we invite all eligible educational professionals to apply for these grants.


Student Achievement Grants

The NEA Foundation provides grants of $2,000 and $5,000 to educators to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work must engage students in critical thinking and problem solving to deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also aims to improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.


Learning & Leadership Grants

The NEA Foundation provides grants of $2,000 and $5,000 to support public school educators, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.


DonorsChoose.org

In partnership with DonorsChoose.org, we match donations from everyday people across the country to support public schools teachers in need of classroom materials. In 2015 we matched public donations to support 1,500 NEA member requests for classroom materials, reaching 120,000 public school students. Next year, with your help, we hope to reach even more.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

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Program 2

Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative

The NEA Foundation believes that strong partnerships between local education associations, school districts, and community organizations are a powerful force for improving student performance and a vehicle for system reform. So, we seek to incubate change by advancing the voice, experience, and expertise of educators and the associations that represent them. When people work together toward the common goal of student achievement, public school education improves exponentially.

Our theory of change and corresponding local interventions are based on recent research on effective schools, district redesign, external agent engagement, association capacity, curriculum and instruction, among other related areas. In brief, our work involves:

• District and Local Education Association Capacity and Collaboration designed to generate a shared understanding of challenges, with frequent and ongoing communication, and an agreed-upon set of strategies to address the challenges;
• Family and Community Partnerships designed to generate support from businesses, nonprofits, foundations, the district, civic authorities, and parents to achieve powerful results;
• District and School Capacity and Coherence designed to increase capacity at the district or system level to ensure school-level success.

We provide up to $1.25M in grant funding to our sites over a five-year period to support their collaboratively and locally-defined strategies to close the achievement gaps in their community. To date, we have invested more than $11 million in this effort to accelerate achievement rates for under-achieving students.

Category

Partnerships in Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Salute to Excellence in Education Gala

Each year, the NEA Foundation presents the Awards for Teaching Excellence at the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, recognizing educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary. To find the best of the best, we invite all NEA state, federal, and direct affiliates to nominate one outstanding educator, one shining example of the millions of educators who work in America’s public schools.

The Gala takes place each February and brings together over 800 leaders in the public education, philanthropic, and corporate sectors to celebrate the men and women whose devotion and enthusiasm for their profession truly inspires their students and fellow leaders in education. In addition to the Awards for Teaching Excellence, the NEA Foundation also recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made a lifelong commitment to advancing public education, through service and philanthropy at the Gala.

Category

Teacher & Faculty

Population(s) Served

Adults

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None

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Program 4

Innovation

The NEA Foundation supports educators as they pioneer creative and innovative classroom approaches designed to prepare students for college, work, and life in the 21st century. The Foundation’s innovation work identifies new opportunities and tests approaches in public education aimed towards preparing all students to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world.


NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship Program:

In order for students to be prepared for the global age, educators must first be equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach in the global age. The Global Learning Fellowship program builds a structured and collaborative learning experience that supports educators as they acquire global competence skills. Over the course of one year, 30-40 Fellows are supported by NEA Foundation staff, partners, and other field experts, as they work through the following:

1) Readings and webinars to introduce global competence and country specific concepts;
2) Online coursework on global competence and country specific concepts;
3) Introductory language learning;
4) A two-day professional development workshop with sessions led by leaders in global competency and country-specific knowledge;
5) An international study-tour designed to focus on the themes of global competence, education (both practice and issues of international, national, and state policy) and economics.

Throughout the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship program, educator participants create lesson plans, unit plans, or a full curriculum integrated with global competency skills. These Fellows then share their curriculum with other educators around the world via an open source platform to increase field knowledge on this topic. The knowledge gained through the Fellowship positions the Fellows to be advocates for global learning and global competence within their schools, associations, and districts.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Innovation:

Today’s global economy increasingly demands that groups and individuals innovate in order to remain competitive. STEM-related careers – those based in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – are among the fastest-growing occupations yet. That’s why we’re supporting educators as they develop innovative programming that advances STEM education, especially among low-income and minority students. From hydroponic gardens to field study examining the effects of long-term mining, we’re putting students on the path toward fulfilling STEM-related careers.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

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Program 5

Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

The NEA Foundation Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning supports local education associations and school district leaders’ collaborative efforts to improve education by focusing on a single issue and providing a dedicated coach, connecting leaders to a larger community of practice, and sharing online curriculum on issues of labor-management, and how to lead change and reform. The Institute is comprised of 7 labor-management teams from across the country. Each has identified issues most critical to their students and has made a commitment to work together toward a common goal: to improve the quality of education for their students.

The Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning provides the following services to participants:
• Coaching & Technical Support for Team Action Plan
• Supportive Online Courses and resources
• Opportunities for networking

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Public schools throughout the United States

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THE NEA FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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President and CEO

Ms. Harriet Sanford

BIO

Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation, is a former public school teacher whose senior executive career spans more than 25 years, including 16 years as the president and chief executive officer of non-profit organizations including the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Fulton County Arts Council in Georgia. Previously, Sanford spent 10 years in leadership positions in the City of Atlanta government. Prior to joining the NEA Foundation, Sanford served as the primary consultant to "South by South Africa: Crafting Cultural Understanding", a project that built economic links and cultural understanding between South Africa and U.S. partner cities. Sanford has managed annual budgets of more than 18 million dollars and capital funds of $200 million. A recognized specialist in the field of charitable fundraising, Sanford has led several initiatives that have raised more than $55,000,000 to support the mission of various non-profit organizations.

Sanford's contributions to the advancement of arts education, culture, and cultural understanding have been recognized by numerous non-profit organizations including the North Carolina Arts Education Association, Americans for the Arts, National Black Arts Festival, the National Association of Counties, and The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Through the generous support of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Sanford also served as a United States Information Agency (USIA) fellow to South Africa in the late 1990s.

Sanford holds a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in Education from New England College.

STATEMENT FROM THE President and CEO

"The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others who support public education initiatives. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning.  Simply put, we hold educators and unions accountable for student success.

Our work shows us that the best teaching ideas come from our greatest assets, educators. That is why we have invested more than $7.1 million in grants for educators to develop classroom projects or to receive training to help their students succeed. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures.   Learn more about our programs and how you can help us help kids know more at www.neafoundation.org(http://www.neafoundation.org) ."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Crystal Brown

The University of Maryland, College Park

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?