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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Outstanding Organizations Supporting Our Students

Each week, as part of our Top 10 Tuesday series, Charity Navigator features ten highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue.

As children across the country wrap up the school year, we want to take a few moments to feature ten exceptional organizations that are working to support students through supplemental programs. These highly-rated charities are working to expand access to quality education, provide students with the resources they need to succeed, and advocate for better school-focused policies and legislation. Keep reading to learn more.

Pinellas Education Foundation
Providing enhanced educational opportunities for students and educators in Pinellas County Schools

Founded in 1986, the Pinellas Education Foundation has raised more than $95 million to support the students and teachers of Pinellas County Schools. The Pinellas Education Foundation is passionately committed to providing all students with the opportunity to be successful. It is our belief that we must have a superior educational system to ensure that our school children remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. The Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders who work together to improve the quality of public education. They do this by advocating for public education reform, creating programs to improve student and teacher performance, and raising funds for scholarships, grants and teacher recognition.

The Parent-Child Home Program
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
A proven beginning for school success

The Parent-Child Home Program's National Center strives to ensure that families in communities across the country have access to The Parent-Child Home Program. The National Center assists communities in developing Parent-Child Home Program replications and expanding existing sites. The Center works to increase public awareness about the importance of early parent-child verbal interaction and works with public officials to increase the availability of public funds that can be utilized to support Parent-Child Home Program replications around the country.

San Francisco Education Fund
Collaborate. Innovate. Advocate.

The San Francisco Education Fund acts as a bridge between the community and the classroom in order to increase the availability and impact of resources for students and teachers throughout San Francisco public schools. Our integrated approach: supports teachers with training and resources to enhance their classroom practice; matches volunteer skills with teacher requests; engages students to create positive changes in their schools; unites families, service providers, businesses and others to build stronger school communities; and informs district policy through community input and strategic partnerships. Implementing both school site and district level strategies enables the Education Fund to incubate and disseminate innovative approaches to improving student success and build a shared sense of responsibility to strengthen our public schools.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Educating for liberty

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is a non-partisan, educational organization whose purpose is to further in successive generations of college youth a better understanding of the values and institutions that sustain a free and humane society. Founded in 1953, ISI works to educate for liberty - to identify the best and the brightest college students and to nurture in these future leaders the American ideal of ordered liberty. ISI seeks to enhance the rising generation's knowledge of our nation's founding principles - limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, market economy, and moral norms. The Institute annually works with hundreds of thousands of students and faculty through its integrated program of lectures, conferences, publications, and fellowships.

The NEA Foundation
Keeping the promise of public education

The NEA Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare each of America's children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world. The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Since our beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. We believe that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit. Since 2012, we have awarded more than $2.4 million in grants, reaching more than 35,000 educators and 512,000 students in 49 states. We also awarded two $300,000, multi-year grants to increase student engagement and motivation around STEM in under-served communities.

New Visions for Public Schools
Helping students achieve

New Visions for Public Schools, founded in 1989, is the largest education reform organization dedicated to improving the quality of education children receive in New York City's public schools. Working with the public and private sectors, New Visions develops programs and policies to energize teaching and learning and to raise the level of student achievement. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to effective schools that enable them to realize their full potential and become productive citizens. New Visions provides incentives and supports to teachers to explore and implement new ways to engage students and increase the relevancy and rigor of classroom practices. 

Advancing educational freedom and choice for all as a pathway to successful lives and a stronger society

EdChoice, formerly the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, was founded in 1996 upon the ideals and theories of Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman and economist Rose D. Friedman. EdChoice strives to educate parents, public policy makers and organizations about the desperate need to return power to the parents of America who have minimal choices and limited voices in the education of their children. EdChoice serves as an important resource for parents and community groups who want greater choice in education, and are ready to fight for it. EdChoice is the only national organization dedicated solely to advancing the vision of an education system where all parents are free to choose, and we bring an unsurpassed clarity of purpose to the education reform debate.

Young Women’s Leadership Network
Changing public education. Changing lives.

Young Women's Leadership Network helps low-income minority youth break the cycle of poverty through education. Our two critical programs provide college readiness and access to at-risk students from the 6th - 12th grades: CollegeBound Initiative, a school-based college guidance program for coed and single-sex public schools, and The Young Women's Leadership Schools, a high-performing network of all-girls public schools. We are in the business of raising expectations, improving student performance, and inspiring leadership. Our first school, which made history and headlines, is the highly renowned and successful Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem in New York City.

The Mind Trust
Great schools. Innovative ideas. Every student.

The Mind Trust is a nonprofit striving to ensure that every student in Indianapolis has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. The Mind Trust helps to launch high-quality schools and groundbreaking initiatives that address key education challenges through its Charter School Incubator, Education Entrepreneur Fellowship and Innovation School Fellowship programs. The Mind Trust also advances bold plans for transforming the city's education system and works to engage the community in efforts to drive education change. Since its founding in 2006, The Mind Trust has built a network of 16 world-class education organizations in Indianapolis, impacted more than 93,000 students through its work, and raised more than $37 million to advance education reform.

Afterschool Alliance
Working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs

The Afterschool Alliance was established in 2000 by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, J.C. Penney Company, Inc., the Open Society Institute/The After-School Corporation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and the Creative Artists Agency Foundation. The Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all children have the access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. As the nation's leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. They work with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors, and advocates across the country.

You can use Charity Navigator's Advanced Search Tool or Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities working toward fair and inclusive education policies to help all children succeed.

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