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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

10 Best Back-to-School Charities


Each week, Charity Navigator published a new top ten list of highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. As the post-Labor Day blues set in, we’re turning our focus to outstanding charities providing unique educational opportunities to students in communities and around the country and throughout the world. 

Consider supporting one of these highly-rated charities in honor of your favorite student today!



Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Preparing a new generation of leaders

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide talented and motivated young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior educational and career opportunities. Today, SEO runs three programs: SEO Scholars is an eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college-with a 95% college graduation rate; SEO Career is the nation's premier summer internship and training program for underrepresented college students, specializing in banking, private equity, corporate leadership, law, and non-profit; SEO Alternative Investments provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investments sector.

Pratham USA
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Every child in school and learning well

Pratham USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which supports Pratham Education Foundation in its mission of improving child literacy, providing vocational skills and supporting women to complete their education in India; and encourages volunteerism in the US. 

Pratham Education Foundation is one of India's largest non-governmental education organizations. To achieve its mission of “every child in school and learning well," Pratham develops practical solutions to address gaps in the education system and works in collaboration with India's governments, communities, educators and industry to increase learning outcomes and influence education policy. In 2017-18, Pratham programs reached 8 million children (1.1 million directly and 6.9 million through government partnerships). 

Wilderness Inquiry
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Provide outdoor access for all

Founded in 1978, Wilderness Inquiry's mission is to provide equitable, inclusive access to the many benefits of the natural world for all communities. They do so through shared outdoor education and adventure programs that inspire personal development, enhanced environmental awareness, and community integration for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, including those marginalized from the mainstream. For more than 40 years, Wilderness Inquiry, with its many partners, has pioneered innovative programs to serve over 500,000 people from all walks of life. Each year, they offer over 500 experiences ranging from outdoor workshops at local community events to multi-day trips worldwide. Wilderness Inquiry adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.

Center for Creative Education
☆☆☆☆
Reinventing education through the arts

Center for Creative Education reinvents education through the arts. Creative approaches are infused into classroom curriculum and after-school settings, to enhance the teaching of traditional academic subjects - improving each child's learning potential and academic performance, increasing overall enthusiasm about school and shaping more productive, responsible community members that exercise creative problem solving throughout life. The Center for Creative Education uses the arts to enrich and transform a child's educational experience. They use visual, performing and language arts to enhance children's knowledge of literacy, math, and science. The Center for Creative Education helps bring learning to life!

Street School
☆☆☆☆
Transforming the lives of at-risk students since 1973

Street School, Oklahoma’s longest-running, and most successful dropout prevention program, combines alternative education and therapeutic counseling to help students succeed. Annually, they serve about 140 students, ages 14-19, who reside in the Tulsa Public School district. They work with teens who have dropped out or are about to drop out due to academic, abused, neglect, bullying, drugs, or pregnancy/teenage parenting needs, and offer them a second chance to graduate.

NYC Outward Bound Schools
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Transforming schools, changing lives

NYC Outward Bound Schools transforms schools and changes lives by bringing out the best in New York City's students, teachers, and school leaders. The organization operates a citywide network of public schools in partnership with the City's Department of Education, which primarily target students from underserved neighborhoods. Their educational approach delivers rigor through active, real-world learning, develops character skills, inspires students to serve their communities, and instills in them the grit to overcome challenges. Their graduates succeed in more than just college and careers - they're active citizens who make their communities better for all.

Oliver Scholars
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Opportunity unlocked

Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. The organization provides crucial support for their scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world. Their work with scholars includes up to ten years of one-on-one support, after-school and summer coursework, and pre-career training. As a result, 100% of scholars graduate high school. For the Class of 2017, 94% were accepted into U.S. News and World Report's top 100 schools.

DonorsChoose.org
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
An online charity connecting you to classrooms in need

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org allows citizen philanthropists to fund specific project requests from teachers in U.S. public schools. They make it personal: donors choose a project that moves them, and then they hear back from the classroom with photos and updates. DonorsChoose.org validates the project request and purchases the resources for the teacher. To date, they have funded over 400,000 classroom projects to bring learning alive for students, providing more than 11 million children with books, technology, supplies, funding for field trips or class visitors, and other resources. Their vision is of a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.

Junior Achievement of Georgia
☆☆☆☆
Empowering your people to own their economic success

Junior Achievement is the only organization focused on economic, education and workforce development. The Georgia chapter believes that inspiring and preparing the state's young people to succeed in a global economy will result in a skilled workforce that will allow Georgia's business community to flourish and grow. They strive to impact tomorrow's business and community leaders by bridging the gap between the business and education communities, encouraging Georgia's youth to set long-term career goals and showing them the value of education. Their turn-key curriculum aligns with the Georgia Performance Standards, enhancing what students are learning in the classroom with real-world examples and hands-on application of knowledge.

Walking Mountains Science Center
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Raising environmental awareness and inspiring stewardship and sustainability

Walking Mountains Science Center works to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. As a science learning center, the Center offers hands-on, innovative field science programs for over 3,500 students each school year, summer youth science camps, adult seminars, guided half and full day hikes, and year-round interpretive programs for people of all ages. Residents and visitors can participate in their programs at their main campus in Avon, the Vail Nature Center, and the Nature Discovery Center at the top of Vail Mountain. Previously called the Gore Range Natural Science School when it was founded in 1998, Walking Mountains began as a grassroots effort that has grown year-by-year, bolstered by tremendous support from the community. At Walking Mountains Science Center, they believe that nature is for everyone.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities working with students in communities across the United States, and the world, to achieve educational success.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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