Our North Star: Educating and Developing the Whole Child

For us and our partners, that means schools that are safe and welcoming, where young people are seen and heard, and where their curiosity is engaged and their intellect challenged. It means schools where caring and effective educators have deep subject knowledge, time to learn from each other, commit to every student’s success, and partner with families. It means schools that prepare young people to work well together, respect differences, take risks, stand up for themselves and their community, persevere when they face challenges, and know when and how to ask for help from peers and adults. It means a rich curriculum that connects students to the world around them, to their civic duty, and their roles as they prepare to enter the adult world.


Our Strategies

We use three strategies that operate from the state capitol to the classroom to improve student learning conditions, leader and educator skills, and enriched access to learning opportunities:

  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Professional and Social Capital
  • State Level Alignment

Our Grantmaking

Our current investment priorities reflect rigorous analysis of timely and actionable opportunities while also building on the Foundation’s rich history and unique position to create impact.

Foundation Priorities
Strategic investment of our people, networks knowhow, and dollars to:

  • Creativity and Arts Education: To increase student access to arts education, and integrate arts into the core curriculum.
  • School Finance and Accountability: To solidify the successful implementation and viability of two major California policy structures, the
    Local Control Funding Formula and the new accountability system, for their promise to set the conditions that will narrow opportunity and achievement gaps and support whole child education and development.
  • Educator Leadership: To increase the number of districts that intentionally measure and improve principal quality and teacher leadership.