Resources from the Field

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February 2015 | Where Financial Aid Began: Partnering with Campuses and States
Lumina Foundation

A history of how the federal government has partnered with states and colleges over the years to improve access to higher education.

January 2015 | Many Voices, One Goal: How an information foundation collaborative helped make California history
The Stuart Foundation

This case study published by the Stuart Foundation documents the process through which the funders helped provide needed information and support for nonprofit organizations who engaged a diverse group of stakeholders.  The case study also shares the challenges, benefits and lessons learned from t

January 2015 | Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook
Alliance for Justice

This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying.

January 2015 | The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

This report provides an in-depth look at the Carnegie Unit and its impact on education reform in K-12 and higher education.

January 2015 | The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them
William T. Grant Foundation

With increased attention on the potential that community colleges have in providing opportunities for young people to continue their education and in reducing inequality, a new William T.

December 2014 | Bright Prospect Ethnographic Study Report
Garen Family Foundation & Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

A new ethnographic study of Bright Prospect, a college access and attainment organization in Pomona, CA, identifies "6 Purposeful Practices" that have led to its tremendous high school and college graduation rates.

December 2014 | Building Capacity to Sustain Social Movements
Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER)

Drawing on experiences gained through CPER's national capacity building work, this report shares lessons about effective grantmaker strategies to build organization and field-wide capacity, focusing particularly on community organizing and advocacy organizations.

December 2014 | Education Policy Impacts 2007-2014
Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER)

Powered by multi-year campaigns that involved organizing, advocacy, research, and alliance building, CPER grantees played a key role in securing more than 90 policy wins on the school, district, state and federal level between 2007 and 2014.

December 2014 | Greater Power, Lasting Impact: Effective Grantmaker Strategies from the Communities for Public Education Reform Fund (CPER):
Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER)

CPER’s history of impact illustrates the efficacy of community organizing for sustainable education reform.  This report describes CPER’s grantmaking strategies and showcases impacts achieved in building communities, strengthening civic leadership,  and achieving policy change.

December 2014 | Strengthening Collaboration to Build Social Movements: Ten Lessons from the Communities for Public Education Reform Fund (CPER)
Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER)

When change goals are large and far-reaching, no single organization or foundation can achieve them.  Rather, big changes are most often achieved by broad movements.  This report explores effective grantmaker strategies to nurture collaboration between field advocates and allies in order to advan

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