Release Event - A View from the Classroom: What Teachers Can Tell Philanthropy About the Needs of Schools

Program Dates 
February 11, 2020 - ongoing

Registration is open! What can over a million teachers tell us about the needs of schools? Grantmakers for Education's soon-to-be-released report, A View from the Classroom: What Teachers Can Tell Philanthropy About the Needs of Schools, digs into the data from 1.8 million teacher requests on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose to tell the story from inside today's classrooms.


The report examines: 

  • What are the needs that teachers identify and how have they changed over time?
  • How do requests and funding patterns differ in high- and low-poverty contexts?
  • Where is there alignment between trends in teacher requests and trends in funder priorities? Where is there not?

When viewed in aggregate, teacher requests reveal equity issues and a shortage of both nonacademic and academic basic needs. When teacher requests are compared to philanthropy's funding priorities from GFE's Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2018-19, the report shows some alignment, but also offers an important opportunity for insight.

Release Event:

Indianapolis, Indiana - February 11, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET. Join Grantmakers for Education in partnership with The Mind Trust for the national release of the report. GFE Executive Director Celine Coggins will provide a review of the findings from A View from the Classroom and, along with The Mind Trust's Brandon Brown and Joe White, engage in conversation with a panel of teachers and philanthropists. Learn more and register here.

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