Thank you for a fantastic year!

Member activities

In this New Year, we pause to celebrate our partnership and reflect on the many opportunities we had to collaborate. Please take a moment to review the posts below as a reminder of the difference we made together last year. We look forward to building upon that momentum of engagement and collaboration in 2018. Stay tuned for excellent offerings ahead, including the upcoming Education Grantmakers Institute at Harvard, Grantmakers for Education's annual conference, October 16-18, in San Diego, case studies, and much more, as we work together for what’s next. .

Yours in partnership,

Ana Tilton
and the
Grantmakers for Education board and staff

P.S. Stay tuned for lots of exciting offerings in 2018, including the Education Grantmakers Institute at Harvard, webinars, case studies and more!

GFE annual conference

Empowered Community
Our annual conference in October brought new voices to the forefront as we explored what matters to students, teachers, policy makers and more. Over 200 organizations and 700 attendees and presenters shared member expertise, candid insights and fresh ideas to propel education philanthropy into the future, while keeping equity at the core. "This year the sessions presented were the best ever - a diverse range of topics around the central themes of equity and community."

Compelling activities

Compelling Activities
Experts and grantmaking colleagues explored a variety of timely topics in five webinars and one workshop over the year: Changing the Game: The Impact of Affordability & Student Financial Stability; An Education Funder’s Introduction to the National Student Clearinghouse; How Funders Can Help Foster Safe and Inclusive Environments; Making the Difference in Student Success, the Matter of Affordability; Strong Start to Finish, a Unique Postsecondary Collaboration; and Why Education Data Matters"I really appreciate and value the learning opportunities GFE provides. Keep it up!"

Impact groups

Collaborative Successes
Four impact groups, Equity, Data, Arts Education, and Postsecondary Access and Attainment (PSA2), powered through the year with program offerings, collaborative initiatives and conference contributions that highlighted issues and strategies to address pressing issues in education and philanthropy. Their work represented deep partnership and inspired learning. I was motivated to join because of "the chance to connect with funders of all sizes, scopes and regions... Great networking and learning!"

Relevant resources

Relevant Resources
In 2017, we presented two in-depth case studies at the annual conference. Sessions were packed and conversation buzzed around the case topics of equity and community investment. In addition, we shared over 350 timely news stories, reports and articles on GFE Connects to spur conversation about current issues and future trends. "I rely on GFE's resources, information and network of expertise and experience in assessing and developing our own giving priorities and processes."

Fireworks

Thank you for all you did to make 2017 a fantastic year for Grantmakers for Education. In 2018, we look forward to a continued partnership with you, with lots of exciting activities culminating in our annual conference in San Diego, CA, October 16-18. Keep an eye out for our member survey, Education Grantmakers Institute registration, and request for conference session proposals coming soon!