Educational Institutions

RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching

  • San Jose, CA
  • www.raft.net

Mission Statement

RAFT's mission is to help educators transform a child's learning experience through hands-on education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning.

Main Programs

  1. Hands-on Education
  2. Professional Development for Educators
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Educator resource centers located in San Jose, CA, Redwood City, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Denver, Colorado.

ruling year

1994

CEO

Self-reported

Mr. Grainger Marburg

Keywords

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Educator Professional Development, Curriculum Development, Teaching Resources

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Also Known As

RAFT

EIN

77-0365627

Physical Address

1355 Ridder Park Dr

San Jose, 95131

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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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RAFT is committed to sparking the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, and creators. We do this by providing the resources essential to excellent teaching, including:
•          Hands-on activities designed to spark students' interest and imagination, especially in science and math
•          Professional development workshops and support and mentoring for educators
•          Affordable classroom supplies
RAFT reaches 12,000 educators, impacting more than 900,000 students.

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

Hands-on Education

RAFT’s mission is to get affordable, creative, engaging hands-on learning tools into the hands of our nation’s educators and students to nurture lifelong learners. Creating unique tools that are flexible and adaptable makes them ideal for all levels and abilities of learners. RAFT believes that the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, and creators is through hands-on learning. 93% of educators who use RAFT hands-on activities report that their students are more engaged in learning and retain knowledge longer as a result of these activities.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

Professional Development for Educators

RAFT Professional Development programs provide educators with ongoing training to improve their teaching, practice new methods, and gain confidence in the skills which enable them to improve student performance. RAFT specializes in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education development.

Category

Educational Delivery

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Educator resource centers located in San Jose, CA, Redwood City, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Denver, Colorado.

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RESOURCE AREA FOR TEACHING
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching

Leadership

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CEO

Mr. Grainger Marburg

BIO

Grainger has more than 20 years of combined experience in education, management consulting, philanthropy, and non-profit management. Grainger most recently served as the Executive Director of CFY – San Francisco Bay Area, a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. Previously he was the Executive Director of Peninsula Bridge, a non-profit that serves motivated low-income middle school students. Highlights of his past experience include a two-year teaching assignment in Micronesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, managing a comprehensive neighborhood improvement initiative in east San Jose with the former Silicon Valley Community Foundation, successfully turning around a local nonprofit, and serving as a high school English teacher. Grainger has a B.A. from Hampshire College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

""If kids don't learn the way we teach, then we have to teach them the way they learn." -Mary Simon, RAFT Founder"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nigel Ball

Oracle

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