By the numbers: Education grants

Monday, July 12, 2010; 7:58 AM

Top donors to public schools

Among U.S. charitable foundations, these were the five largest donors to elementary and secondary education as ranked by the Foundation Center. Figures reflect awards granted in 2008, the latest year for which data was available.

1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $219 million

2. Walton Family Foundation $56 million

3. The Wallace Foundation $51 million

4. Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation $44 million

5. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $32 million

Where Gates grants go

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spreads its wealth among several sectors of public education. A Post analysis found these trends in Gates awards from January 2008 through May 2010:

1. More than $264 million to school districts to promote effective teaching.

2. More than $81 million to charter schools and related initiatives.

3. More than $56 million to researchers, states and others for education data systems.

4. More than $35 million to groups backing common academic standards.

5. More than $15 million for research and development of new tests.

6. More than $8 million to causes related to D.C. education.

7. More than $8 million to groups promoting equity for minority students.

8. More than $4 million to groups promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

9. More than $2 million to support education media.

10. More than $1.6 million to labor groups.

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