I made the ultimate board member mistake of leaving off two exciting organizations off my great grant opportunities list. So here’s my updated list leading off with two groups that I support as a board member. (The list also includes friends, clients, and portfolio companies)
1. MLA Partner Schools : imagine Harlem Chidlen’s Zone in LA. MLA runs two high schools and will soon be taking on middle schools. Check out their 7to7 program.
2. Strive for College launched a college student, Strive combines the energy of college mentors with a powerful information platform to help high need high school schools make better post secondary decisions.
3. Advance Innovative Education : alternative teacher and leader certification in Louisiana. Leader development is like NLNS but with entrepreneurship component with LSU B school.
4. Advance Path Academics : great drop-out prevention network. Districts could use small grants to promote adoption. AdvancePath retrofits a classroom, it costs districts nothing, and their results get better fast.
5. Aspire Public Schools : with Shalvey off to Seattle, James Willcox could use help with advocacy & scaling.
6. Education Equality Project: Joel Klein and national who’s who provide political muscle to battle for excellence and equity.
7. EduInnovation: advocacy org incubated by NSVF; will catalyze edu innovation & entrepreneurship; don’t innovate in the dark—shine a light on it.
10. Rhode Island Mayoral Academies: Mike Magee leading one of a kind effort to recruit and support high quality charters for mayor initiated charters.
1. AP Prep: developing urban charter high schools in Newark, Bed-Stuy, Hartford. Could use $500k market rate debt.
2. RevLearning Publishing: could use $2-3M market rate debt to help capitalize innovative learning game company
3. Revolution Learning: grant or loan to NSVF supporting org to invest in portfolio of innovative tools & schools; add profit recycle and you have evergreen impact.