Last week, the Coalition for Community Schools held their National Forum in San Francisco. The Coalition for Community Schools is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. Community schools are both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Initiatives share a common set of principles: fostering strong partnerships, sharing accountability for results, setting high expectations, building on the community’s strengths, and embracing diversity and innovative solutions.
In January, the Coalition published Achieving Results Through Community School Partnerships, a best practices that outlines the importance of strategies for building and maintaining successful partnerships for community schools that integrate academics, youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development.
The Coalition is funded by:
- Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
- JP Morgan Chase Foundation
- Stuart Foundation
- The Atlantic Philanthropies
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
If your organization is involved in education and would like to know more about community schools, the Coalition for Community Schools web site provides a wealth of information on the topic, including resources, and information on grantmakers actively involved in community schools.
The Foundation Center, San Francisco is hosting Funding for Education Month in June. Check the calendar frequently for updates on local programs focused on Education. As always, visit the GrantSpace Education portal for the latest information on grantseeking for educational organizations.