Education Foundations

AMD Foundation ( AMD is a leading designer and integrator of innovative, tailored technology solutions. We have a longstanding heritage of investing our time, money, and technology with local organizations to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges. It is this legacy that inspired us to create the AMD Foundation to strengthen our philanthropic giving and provide focus for our more than 25-year history of community involvement. Foundation Mission: provide opportunities for future generations to learn critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills and life skills with focus on programs that are teaching students how to create digital games while learning critical STEM skills; enrich AMD communities worldwide through employee engagement, matching gifts. and disaster relief programs. Major AMD Site Communities: Inquiries must come from 501(c)(3) nonprofits and schools with programs meeting the criteria above and are located in a major AMD sites in the North America and Asia

Annenberg Foundation ( The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation established in 1989. Founded by Walter H. Annenberg, publisher and ambassador, the Foundation supports the worldwide community through its grantmaking, technical assistance and direct charitable activities. the Annenberg School Reform Institute ( is a national policy research and reform-support organization that works with urban districts and communities to improve the conditions and outcomes of schools, especially in urban communities and in those attended by traditionally underserved children. their work focuses on three crucial issues in education reform today: school transformation; college and career readiness; and expanded learning time The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ( Our foundation is teaming up with partners around the world to take on some tough challenges: extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, and the failures of America’s education system. We focus on only a few issues because we think that’s the best way to have great impact, and we focus on these issues in particular because we think they are the biggest barriers that prevent people from making the most of their lives. For each issue we work on, we fund innovative ideas that could help remove these barriers: new techniques to help farmers in developing countries grow more food and earn more money; new tools to prevent and treat deadly diseases; new methods to help students and teachers in the classroom. Some of the projects we fund will fail. We not only accept that, we expect it—because we think an essential role of philanthropy is to make bets on promising solutions that governments and businesses can’t afford to make. As we learn which bets pay off, we have to adjust our strategies and share the results so everyone can benefit

Carnegie Corporation of New York ( Andrew Carnegie envisioned Carnegie Corporation as a foundation that would “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, our work incorporates an affirmation of our historic role as an education foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation ( leaders and institutions working to achieve a biologically rich, sustainable world where all families can plan for their children and all children reach their potential. They work on the issues that their founders cared about most. Their resources are small compared to the challenges they seek to solve so they invest carefully, constantly evaluate their progress, and refine their strategies to ensure that their efforts lead to effective solutions

Ford Foundation ( Established in 1936, the foundation is an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change. One of three prime areas of focus is promoting more equitable education and greater voice and expression. We support transformative education and scholarship programs, public interest media, religious expression, arts spaces and reproductive health and rights. Central to our work is the belief that knowledge, creativity and understanding enrich people’s lives and advance societies

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation ( is dedicated to supporting individuals of exceptional promise—those who work hard, stay focused, and defy the stereotype that poverty precludes high achievement. Millions of low-income students in the United States meet these criteria but are largely underserved from the time they enter elementary school through post-secondary education. Believing that high-potential, low-income students will excel educationally when given the resources to develop their talents, the Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Since opening its doors, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $120 million in more than 2,000 scholarships and $76 million in grants to organizations that support our mission to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

John and Laura Arnold Foundation ( Their core objective is to produce substantial, widespread and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society. To do this they identify challenges and address their root causes through innovative, multi-disciplinary solutions. They aim to foster a culture in which individuals have the best chance to succeed and prosper, while encouraging a sense of responsibility, compassion and reinvestment toward their communities and society as a whole

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (  supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations and makes grants and loans. One of their U.S. programs is education, with a focus on digital media and learning

Joseph Drown Foundation ( attempts to reflect directly the interests of Joseph Drown by focusing its resources on the areas which particularly concerned him such as education, medical and scientific research; community, health and social services and, to a lesser degree, the arts and humanities

George Lucas Educational Foundation ( dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Our vision is of a new world of learning, a place where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered to change education for the better; a place where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technology; a place where innovation is the rule, not the exception; a place where students become lifelong learners and develop 21st-century skills. They pursue our mission through producing and related social media to inspire, inform and accelerate positive change in schools and districts and collaborating with researchers, teacher leaders and curriculum experts

Morgan Family Foundation (www.morganfamilyfoundation.orgis a private, family foundation that was established in 1993. The Foundation focuses its giving on youth, education, the environment, and stewardship. We look for organizations to maximize their potential and the individuals they serve. We encourage and support collaboration among our grantees to maximize resources in sustaining programs and achieving outcomes

Omidyar Network (www.omidyar.comis a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to creating opportunity for people to improve their lives. We provide grants to non-profits and invest in innovative organizations that are advancing economic and social change. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and wife Pam established Omidyar Network based on their conviction that every person has the power to make a difference. Our work enables people to discover that power, improve their own lives, and make lasting contributions to their communities

Open Society Foundations ( were established by George Soros to help countries make the transition from communism and which work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people, respect for human rights and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. They also implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media

Pearson Foundation ( an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching. They do this by collaborating with leading businesses, nonprofits, and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages. Each year an initial grant from Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, provides operating funds used to develop hands-on programs and partnerships around the world. They also work with Pearson, with other funders, and with a roster of exemplary nonprofit organizations, corporations, and partners to help deliver scalable and replicable educational solutions to students, teachers, and educational institutions

Robert R. McCormick Foundation (www.mccormickfoundation.orgwas established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune and is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation  The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets

Symantec Foundation ( supports education, with a special emphasis on programs that promote math, science, technology, and engineering education, incorporate technology in teaching, and engage minorities and women in the technological sciences. Also supports the expansion of the Digital Literacy and Citizenship in schools across the nation, research for global expansion, and the creation of new educational materials on piracy and copyright issues

SCE ( (Susan Crown Exchange) is invested in shaping a 21st century learning ecosystem that prepares youth to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and highly connected world. Our initiatives leverage the power of nontraditional and informal venues to broaden and enrich opportunities for learning beyond the school walls

Stuart Foundation (www.stuartfoundation.orgis dedicated to the protection, education and development of children and youth.  They work toward ensuring that all children grow up in caring families, learn in vibrant and effective schools, and have opportunities to become productive members of their communities. They focus our investments on projects, programs and organizations making an impact in the States of California and Washington

The Century Foundation ( Most K-12 education reforms are about trying to make “separate but equal” schools for rich and poor work well. The results of these efforts have been discouraging. The Century Foundation looks at ways to integrate public schools by economic status through public school choice. At the higher education level, we examine ways to open the doors of selective and non-selective institutions to students of modest means. The foundation focuses on ensuring fairness in college admissions; improving access to quality public schools; and promoting effective collaboration in education 

Verizon Foundation (www.verizonfoundation.orgis becoming a new channel for innovation and social change. Verizon’s philanthropic activities go beyond charitable contributions. They include collaborating with leading nonprofit organizations to combine their powerful technology with their philanthropic resources to address challenging issues in education, healthcare and energy management in underserved communities

Walton Family Foundation ( committed to improving K-12 education in the United States at every level – in traditional public schools, charter public schools and private schools. Their core strategy is to infuse competitive pressure into America’s K-12 education system by increasing the quantity and quality of school choices available to parents, especially in low-income communities

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (  The Foundation’s programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Open Education Resources Foundation