Out-of-School Time Impact Group

Girls and boys playing soccerThe Out-of-School Time (OST) Impact Group formed in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to create a virtual space for funders interested in the out-of-school time field (youth development, afterschool programs, summer programs, etc.) to stay connected and informed of evolving field needs and create ongoing conversation about how funders can respond. The group is now taking stock of its work over the past year and will engage in a visioning and planning process in summer 2021 to formalize its purpose, goals and activities moving forward.


2021 Annual Conference

Out-of-school time is one important focus area of the Grantmakers for Education annual conference. This quick reference guide will help you find all the OST-related sessions. Register here to join the conference. 

Monthly Stakeholder Convening

The OST Impact Group hosts monthly calls on the third Friday of the month from 12-1pm ET on a variety of topics elevated by group members. Call topics range from tracking pandemic recovery efforts to understanding federal and state funding opportunities to elevating high quality program models to exploring capacity building needs of programs and intermediaries.

Monthly calls are open to all including field leaders (practitioners, intermediaries, researchers, etc.) and funding organizations. Participants can register once for the full series and join as schedules allow. Learn more here.

Grantmaker Community

In addition to the monthly call series, the impact group creates space for funder-only learning and collaboration. Join our bimonthly funder meetup on the first Tuesday every other month from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. and a new Learning Community on Public Financing Strategies.

Afterschool & Summer Recovery and Opportunity Fund

Formed in 2020 by seven national grantmakers, GFE’s Afterschool & Summer Recovery and Opportunity Fund provides grants to national intermediary organizations working to help afterschool and summer program providers and communities recover, reopen and reimagine the role of out-of-school time in helping young people reach their potential. Learn more here.

For More Information

The Out-of-School Time Impact Group is facilitated by Rebecca Goldberg and Kathleen Traphagen. If you're interested in getting involved with the OST Impact Group, contact information@edfunders.org