Education Funding

 

Rainwater Charitable Foundation Education Funding

 

Our education grantmaking focuses on families and children in resilient communities that stand to benefit the most from our funding and partnership. Our work is centered in the Fort Worth/ North Texas region with some limited national funding.

Our focus areas are:

  • Scaling high-quality schools in the areas of greatest needs

  • Using outcomes to fuel continuous improvement

  • Ensuring all children 0 to 5 to have access to high quality learning environments

  • Ensuring empowered and effective leadership in every school

 

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Scaling high-quality schools in the areas of greatest needs
RCF endeavors to support and scale high quality public schools through strategic investments both directly to school systems and to non-profit partners. We focus primarily on strategies within the school walls tied directly to improving student outcomes including:

  • Attendance

  • Behavior

  • Academic Achievement

  • Post-Secondary Success

  • School Climate and Culture

We seek to find a balance of funding proven, research-based methods  while also allowing for innovative ideas and pilots based on these strategies. Recognizing that ultimate student and school success also hinges on overall community health, grantmaking in this area also engages with nonprofit partners working on social emotional learning, wrap-around support services for students and families, and afterschool and summer learning opportunities.

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Using outcomes to fuel continuous improvement
Our mission is to drive student achievement through systemic change by:

  • Analyzing data and engaging expertise to inform action;

  • Activating the community to achieve shared results; and

  • Helping grow capacities of education systems and stakeholders.

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Ensuring all children birth to age 5 to have access to high quality learning environments
We believe that high-quality early learning experiences at home and in the classroom are critical for children to grow up to be happy, healthy, successful adults. Our early childhood investments prioritize organizations, programs, and initiatives that increase access to enriching early childhood education for all children. We also recognize that families are a child’s first and most impactful teachers, and seek to support their role through investments in parent-centered educational and economic opportunities.

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Ensuring all children 0 to 5 to have access to high quality learning environments
Through investments in research and implementation, we strive to embed best practices and new approaches related to attracting, placing, developing and sustaining great school leaders. We observe firsthand that our school-level grantmaking is exponentially more impactful when paired with a strong leader who understands how to allocate limited resources, manage people and drive toward results. Strengthening principals has an incredible multiplier effect on the effectiveness of instruction, the health of school culture, and outcomes for students.

 
 

 
 

 Click here to view our current education grantees.