About Us

Overdeck Family Foundation was founded in 2011 by John and Laura Overdeck with the goal of providing all children the opportunity to unlock their potential. We focus exclusively on education, supporting research and organizations that seek to open doors for every child in the U.S. by measurably enhancing education both inside and outside the classroom.

We believe improving children’s ability to learn is the key to creating a better future for everyone.

To accomplish our mission, we fund work that enhances each stage of learning, from birth to graduation. Approximately one-third of our funding supports research efforts that drive the field forward and the remaining two-thirds supports organizations that bring ideas into the field.

The Foundation’s five focus areas are early childhood, educators, schools, out-of-school STEM opportunities, and the use of data, including education data, to improve policy and practice. Our investments, though diverse, are uniformly committed to achieving our mission–and demonstrate our commitment to real-world impact, genuine connection, and collaboration.

Our Organizational Values

Think and Act with Rigor

We invest for real-world impact, scaling evidence-based projects and helping early-stage initiatives develop and validate their evidence base. We look for intersections between silos and potential to catalyze others, following both evidence and intuition versus a particular ideology.

Connect Genuinely

We know solutions aren’t one-size-fits-all. We support organizations that respond to local needs and contexts, commit to a culture of learning and improvement, and incorporate community voice.

Learn Better, Together

We are dedicated to collaboration, both in our work with grantees and our fellow funders. Our partnerships are designed to maximize impact, scale, and learnings—advancing the field as a whole.

Equity Statement

Overdeck Family Foundation seeks to provide all children the opportunity to unlock their potential. In aggregate, our work should contribute to more equitable outcomes and a more equitable society, namely one where success and failure are not driven by sociodemographic factors.