Education

Los Angeles
$20,000
Grant awarded in 2015

Community Partners’ efforts to promote social service innovation include the City Project, which utilizes land-use planning strategies, policy and legal research and community organizing to address environmental disparities and to increase access to natural places for urban communities. Community Partners also serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Talent Philanthropy Project, an initiative to strengthen the nonprofit sector, and is using this grant to underwrite TPP’s first advisory council meeting.

Washington
$112,500
Grant awarded in 2015

Washington Monthly is one of the nation’s best-known nonprofit public policy magazines, and one of its signature products is its annual college rankings issue, which looks at colleges based on their ability to enhance social mobility, produce high-quality research and serve their communities. This grant underwrites the cost of creating a Web site to supplement its 2015 Kresge-funded college handbook, "The Other College Guide."

New York
$350,000
Grant awarded in 2015

The nation’s oldest graduate school of education is a national leader in advancing higher education reforms and policies. The Community College Research Center, housed at the college, explores major issues affecting community colleges and student success. This two-year grant supports the center’s strategic advisory role in helping the City Colleges of Chicago build its capacity to use data analytics to improve degree attainment and labor-market success for students in its seven-college system.

New York
$40,000
Grant awarded in 2015

The organization provides research and counsel on charitable giving, develops philanthropic programs and offers program, administrative and management services for foundations and trusts. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is the fiscal sponsor of the Academy for College Excellence, which is using this grant to deliver its student success program model to four Arkansas community colleges.

Oakland, Calif.
$800,000
Grant awarded in 2015

The nonpartisan organization works to make higher education more accessible and affordable for students through policy research, educational outreach and advocacy. This three-year grant supports the organization’s core operations and gives it greater flexibility to respond to new policy developments while pursuing its strategic agenda.

Silver Spring, Md.
$850,000
Grant awarded in 2015

The national reform network seeks to increase the academic success of community college students, particularly low-income and underrepresented students. This three-year grant enables Achieving the Dream to strengthen its national community college leadership development program, add four urban community colleges in California to its network and prepare for a transition in executive leadership.

Washington, D.C.
$400,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The association provides consulting services and research on best practices in governance to 1,300 boards representing 1,900 colleges, universities and related foundations. This two-year grant funds a project to strengthen governance at six historically black colleges and universities through board assessments, executive coaching and other activities.

Johannesburg, South Africa
$400,000
Grant awarded in 2014

Founded with donations from South Africa’s mining industry, “Wits” became a center of political opposition to apartheid and a scientific pioneer, and has produced several Nobel laureates, including Nelson Mandela and Nadine Gordimer. This five-year grant through the We Succeed, or Siyaphumelela, initiative enables the university to improve its collection, analysis and integration of student data with research, information technology, academic development, planning and academic divisions to increase South African university-student success.

Bloemfontein, South Africa
$400,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The multicultural, bilingual university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in seven disciplines to 33,000 students across three campuses in the Free State Province in central South Africa. This multiyear grant through the We Succeed, or Siyaphumelela, initiative enables the university to improve its collection, analysis and integration of student data with research, information technology, academic development, planning and academic divisions to increase South African university-student success.

Pretoria, South Africa
$400,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The university has evolved from a mainly white, Afrikaner institution to a multicultural, nonracial university. This multiyear grant through the We Succeed, or Siyaphumelela, initiative enables the university to improve its collection, analysis and integration of student data with research, information technology, academic development, planning and academic divisions to increase South African university-student success.