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Posted at 09:17 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Who won millions in Walton Foundation grants in 2011

The pro-charter Walton Foundation handed out more than $159 million in 2011 in 16 metropolitan areas around the country to promote school choice. It also committed to giving $49.5 million to Teach for America over five years to double its teaching corps and $25.5 million over the same period to the KIPP charter school network to double the number of students it educates.

The foundation is one of the three big family education philanthropies — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation are the other two — and the one that gives the most money to initiatives involving the school choice movement, such as vouchers and charter schools.

The overall sum for 2011 was a few million more than the foundation handed out in 2010. The largest single grant given last year was $22.9 million to the Charter School Growth Fund, a non-profit venture capital fund that invests in charters. The second single largest award went to Teach for America — $12.6 million in its first installment of the multiyear grant, and the next largest was $11 million to The Children’s Scholarship Fund, a school voucher organization.

The foundation’s strategy is clear from the grants: It is funding organizations that it thinks can help scale charter schools quickly and rapidly increase the pool of voucher students.

It concentrated on 16 regions of the country in 2011, nine more than in 2010. Los Angeles topped the list, winning $9,643,100; the next largest amount — $8,370,944 — went to Washington D.C.

The third multi-year initiative announced in 2011 was $15 million to the California Charter Schools Association, with the goal of getting 100,000 more children into charter schools over three years. Its 2011 grant was for $3.2 million; KIPP’s was $6.4 million.

Here is a breakdown on how the foundation spent money on education-related initiatives in 2011, and, after that, a list of all 2011 grantees. The breadth of grantees shows the foundation’s reach and impact.

By Initiative

Shaping Public Policy — $58,122,888

Creating Quality Schools — $73,450,647

Improving Existing Schools — $26,050,991

Research and Evaluation Grants — $1,425,339

Top Grantees

Charter School Growth Fund — $22,900,000

Teach For America (National) — $12,572,500

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) — $6,783,114

KIPP Foundation —$6,404,020

GreatSchools Inc — $4,775,000

Total Number of 2011 Grantees — 216

Grant Totals by Investment Site Alphabetically

Albany — $3,012,425

Atlanta — $2,520,000

Boston — $2,999,415

Chicago — $3,023,393

Denver — $7,961,899

Detroit — $2,494,002

Harlem (NY) — $2,470,000

Indianapolis — $2,565,000

Los Angeles — $9,643,100

Memphis — $1,447,838

Milwaukee — $5,232,000

Minneapolis — $970,961

New Orleans — $5,274,487

Newark (NJ) — $1,697,649

Phoenix — $1,926,010

Washington, DC — $8,370,944

Here’s a full list of the grantees:

Shape Public Policy:

 Amount 

50CAN, Inc

$1,800,000

Agudath Israel of America, Inc.

500,000

Agudath Israel of Illinois

100,000

Alliance for School Choice, Inc.

1,202,000

American Center for School Choice

40,000

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

160,000

Americans for Prosperity Foundation

250,000

Arizona Charter Schools Association (ACSA)

200,000

Arizona School Choice Administration Corporation

400,000

Association of Missouri Charter Schools (AMCS)

447,901

Barry Goldwater Institute for Public Policy Research

200,000

Bellwether Education Partners

90,000

Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)

796,000

Brookings Institution

200,000

California Charter Schools Association  CCSA

3,250,000

Catholic Association of Latino Leaders Inc

150,000

Center for Education Reform

930,662

Charter School Partners

70,961

The Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF)

10,925,000

Colorado League of Charter Schools

588,826

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC)

357,000

Colorado Succeeds

215,000

Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc. (ConnCAN)

800,000

Editorial Projects in Education

150,000

Education Pioneers

1,043,119

Education Reform Now, Inc.

1,100,000

Education Trust, Inc.

300,000

EG West Institute for Effective Schooling (WIES)

20,000

Excellent Education for Everyone, Inc. (E3)

421,500

Families Empowered

400,000

Florida Charter School Alliance FCSA

159,743

Foundation for Excellence in Education  FEE

1,550,000

Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Inc. 

565,000

Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)

717,721

Georgia Charter Schools Association Inc.

700,000

Georgia Family Education and Research Council, Inc.

350,000

GreatSchools Inc.

4,775,000

Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO)

100,000

Illinois Network of Charter Schools   (INCS)

1,038,784

Indiana Public Charter Schools Association, Inc.

380,000

Institute for Innovation of Public School Choice

388,763

Institute For Justice (IJ)

443,885

Institute of Public Charter Schools Innovation

45,000

International Education Foundation

475,000

LA Voice

100,000

Los Angeles Parent Union

1,200,550

Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

679,202

Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative Inc.

5,000

MAPSA - Michigan Association of Public School Academies

744,002

Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA)

200,000

MICAH Project

100,000

Milwaukee Chapter - Black Alliance for
Educational Options Inc. (MCBAEO)

75,000

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS)

1,815,810

National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation    

166,667

New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association (NJCSA)

86,149

New Schools for New Orleans Inc.

542,000

New Voice Strategies

351,480

New York Charter Schools Association NYCSA

1,062,955

NewSchools Venture Fund NSVF

3,540,600

Oakland Community Organizations

200,000

Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools (OAPCS)

61,840

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC)

625,000

People Acting in Community Together (PACT)

200,000

PICO National Network

200,000

Pioneer Institute, Inc.

162,800

Public Education and Business Coalition

100,000

Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA)

500,000

School Choice Indiana

200,000

School Choice Ohio

700,000

Stand for Children Leadership Center

1,136,016

Stand Up

200,000

Step Up for Students 

1,233,760

StudentsFirst Institute

1,000,000

Success Charter Network

1,000,000

Tennessee Charter Schools Association 

356,874

Texas Charter Schools Association

900,000

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

650,000

United Community Center, Inc.

70,000

United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF)

1,100,917

Shape Public Policy Total

$60,063,487

 

 

Create Quality Schools:

 Amount 

4.0 Schools

$467,667

8 Points Charter School, Inc.

220,000

Academy of New Media Middle School

220,000

Amani Public Charter School

220,000

Arts in Action Community Charter School 

220,000

Better Learning Communities 

30,000

Blackstone Valley Prep

500,000

Bridge Boston Charter School

250,000

Brighter Choice Foundation

900,000

Broome Street Academy Charter High School

220,000

Building Excellent Schools  (BES)

2,546,400

Building Hope

1,618,000

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

250,000

Catalyst Schools

30,000

Celerity Cardinal Charter School

250,000

Celerity Educational Group

60,000

Celerity Octavia Charter School

250,000

Celerity Palmati Charter School

250,000

Celerity Sirius Charter School

250,000

Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School

250,000

Charles School at Ohio Dominican University

30,000

Charter Fund, Inc.  (CSGF)

22,900,000

Charter School Finaincing Partnership LLC   CSFP

650,000

Christel House DORS 

30,000

Christopher House 

30,000

Cleveland Collegiate Preparatory School

220,000

College-Ready Academy High School #17

250,000

Colorado League of Charter Schools

28,500

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC)

330,000

Columbus Collegiate Academy - West Campus

30,000

Community School for Creative Education 

200,000

Cornerstone Health High School

220,000

Crescent City Schools Charter School

250,000

Damar Charter Academy

250,000

DC Preparatory Academy

250,000

DC Public Education Fund

108,459

Democracy Prep Harlem Charter School

250,000

Early College Academy of Leaders and Scholars

250,000

East Harlem Scholars Academy

250,000

Educational Enterprises, Inc.

450,000

Edward W. Brooke Charter School 2

250,000

Elements Academy

2,374

Empower College Prep

30,000

Erie Elementary Charter School

250,000

Exalt Education 

600,000

Excel Academy Charter School - Chelsea

250,000

Excellent Education Development, Inc.  (ExED)

250,000

Experiencia Academy Project Team

30,000

Extera Public School

250,000

FirstLine College Prep High School

250,000

Fortune School of Education

250,000

Franklinton Preparatory Academy

30,000

Glazer Elementary

250,000

Global Green USA

25,000

Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc.

500,000

Green Dot Public Schools

500,000

Heketi Community Charter School

250,000

Heritage Preparatory Academy

220,000

Heron Bay Academy

250,000

Hope Christian School

495,000

IFF

2,190,000

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA)

250,000

Jamaa Learning Center Charter School

220,000

KIPP Foundation

6,404,020

KNOVA Reynolds Public Charter School

250,000

Lake Charles Charter Academy

250,000

Latin Academy Charter School

220,000

LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School

250,000

Legal Prep Charter Academy

220,000

Liberty Collegiate

220,000

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

6,783,114

Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee

59,000

MATCH Community Day Charter Public School

250,000

Milwaukee College Preparatory School of Wisconsin

367,000

Milwaukee Math and Science Academy

250,000

Milwaukee Scholars Charter School

250,000

Mind Trust

500,000

Minneapolis College Preparatory School

250,000

Minnesota School of Science

250,000

Monarch Montessori of Denver

30,000

Morris Jeff Community School

220,000

Nashville Preparatory Charter School

220,000

Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem

220,000

New York City Montessori Charter School

220,000

NewSchools Venture Fund NSVF

2,386,615

Orange School

30,000

Partners for Developing Futures

1,297,827

Preclarus Mastery Academy

220,000

Regent Park Scholars Charter Academy

250,000

ReNEW-Reinventing Education

750,000

Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts 

250,000

Robertson Charter School, Inc

30,000

Rocky Mountain Preparatory Charter School

250,000

Schools That  Can Milwaukee, Inc.

175,000

Seeds of Health, Inc.

165,000

Seminole Heights Charter High School

200,000

Sims-Fayola International Academy Denver

30,000

South City Preparatory Academy Charter School

220,000

Summit Public School: Rainier

250,000

Synergy Kinetic Academy

250,000

Synergy Quantum Academy

250,000

Tennessee Charter School Incubator 

300,071

The Excel Center

220,000

The GLOBE Academy

30,000

The Intown Academy

220,000

The Loving School

250,000

United Community Center, Inc.

231,000

University Charter High School

30,000

University YES East Academy

250,000

UNO Charter School Network

750,000

Veritas Preparatory Charter School 

220,000

Vincent Academy

250,000

Woodmont Charter School -The Bay Area Charter Foundation Inc.

250,000

Zenith Academy East

250,000

Create Quality Schools Total

$71,510,047

 

 

Improve Existing Schools:

 Amount 

Achievement Network, LTD

$62,500

Arizona Charter Schools Association (ACSA)

310,000

Charter Board Partners (CBP)

68,200

Colorado League of Charter Schools

150,000

DC Public Charter School Board

601,193

DC Public Education Fund

1,967,871

Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary

300,000

Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello

300,000

Denver Public Schools  (DPS)

376,182

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF)

219,382

Generation Schools Network

20,000

Grant Beacon Middle School

20,000

Green Dot Public Schools

500,600

Green Valley Elementary

300,000

Greenwood K-8

20,000

High Tech Early College

300,000

Hope Christian School

300,000

Illinois Network of Charter Schools   (INCS)

50,000

Indiana Department of Education

25,000

Lena Lovato Archuleta Elementary School

20,000

Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative Inc.

60,000

McGlone Elementary 

300,000

National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)

2,157,000

National Council of La Raza - NCLR

352,640

New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy  (NOMMA)

50,000

New Teacher Project

2,941,239

Noel Community Arts School

300,000

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

82,500

Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools (OAPCS)

593,184

Teach for America (National)

12,572,500

University of Notre Dame

511,000

West Leadership Academy

20,000

Wisconsin Lutheran College

200,000

Improve Existing Schools Total

$26,050,991

 

 

Research and Evaluation

 Amount 

Hoover Institution, Stanford University

$374,304

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

97,600

University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc.

80,283

University of Notre Dame

250,000

University of Southern California

133,562

University of Washington Foundation -
Center on Reinventing Public Education

54,590

University of Wisconsin - Madison

435,000

Research and Evaluation Total

$1,425,339

 

 

 

 

K-12 Education Reform and Other Education Grants Total

159,049,864

By  |  09:17 PM ET, 03/07/2012

 
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