We seek to open doors for every child in the U.S. by measurably enhancing education both inside and outside the classroom.

In order to succeed, children need access to strong foundations for early learning, exceptional educators, innovative schools, and engaging out-of-school opportunities. We support organizations and researchers that work toward these goals, helping early-stage initiatives develop and validate their programs and scaling evidence-based growth-stage organizations looking to achieve greater impact.


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Meet our Grantees

Centering Healthcare Institute

Can group-based prenatal and pediatric healthcare improve children’s outcomes?

Families who participate in a Centering program show a 33-47% decreased risk of preterm birth, better attendance for prenatal and postpartum visits, greater readiness for birth and infant care, improved breastfeeding rates, and higher satisfaction with healthcare. 

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Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture

Helping teachers produce extraordinary results in America’s public schools.

Meet Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture initiative, a team empowering all teachers to produce student learning gains equivalent to those of teachers in the top quartile in math and nearly that in reading. The best part? Results come at a marginal cost to the district.

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NewSchools Venture Fund

Expanding the measures of student success.

NewSchools Venture Fund supports education entrepreneurs who aim to bring student-centered learning to 100,000 students by 2020. The national nonprofit is supported by Overdeck, CZI, Walton, Arnold, Bezos, Carnegie, Dell Foundations, and others.

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Family Math

Increasing early math confidence to bridge the achievement gap.

Early math skills are key to later academic success: math skills upon entering kindergarten are the best predictor of 8th grade performance regardless of race, gender, or SES status.

Overdeck Family Foundation, in collaboration with Heising-Simons, Gates, and McCormick Foundations, is working to elevate family math to the same level as literacy.

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Opportunity Insights

Using cross-disciplinary datasets to improve student success.

Economists Raj Chetty (Harvard), John Friedman (Brown), and Nathan Hendren (Harvard) are linking education and non-education data to improve economic opportunity and upward mobility.

Their Opportunity Insights institute aims to use this data to document both the decline of the American Dream and potential solutions to revive it.

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Teacher working in a small group. Image provided by Public Impact's Opportunity Culture.
Children playing musical instruments. Image provided by NewSchools Venture Fund.
Adult working on a project with a child. Image provided by Education First.
Opportunity Atlas map, provided by Opportunity Insights.

Our Investment Areas

Overdeck Family Foundation provides funding across five focus areas, encompassing the whole child from birth through high school both inside and outside the classroom.

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Early Impact

Support families, caregivers, and communities in accessing and using evidence-based parenting practices proven to make a difference in the early lives of children.

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Exceptional Educators

Empower teachers by providing them access to evidence-based preparation, high-quality instructional resources, and ongoing professional learning and leadership opportunities.

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Innovative Schools

Partner with schools to create student-centered, evidence-based learning environments that are responsive to learner and community needs.

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Inspired Minds

Improve access to out-of-school STEM opportunities, allowing children to unlock their curiosity and explore mind-expanding challenges.

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Data for Action

Increase the connectivity and usability of data in order to accelerate insights that improve practice and policy for children and families.

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How We Work

We invest for real-world impact

Our funding is designed to help early-stage initiatives develop and validate their programs and scale evidence-based growth-stage programs looking to achieve greater impact.

We value genuine connection

We support organizations that respond to local needs and contexts, commit to a culture of learning and improvement, and incorporate community voice.

We are dedicated to collaboration

We value collaborative thinking, both in our work with grantees and with fellow funders. Our partnerships are designed to maximize impact, scale, and knowledge—advancing the field as a whole.