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 enhancing education, funding efforts both inside and outside of school in the areas of early childhood, hands-on STEM education, and K-9 programs that include supporting educators and student-centered learning environments. 

Our grantmaking and strategic support focus on unlocking innovation, evidence, and growth opportunities for organizations and researchers that are committed to accelerating key academic and socioemotional outcomes for all children. We fund both direct impact organizations and ecosystem efforts that clear the path to scale for our grantees and the work that they do.

Our Organizational Values

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.

Think and Act with Rigor

We invest for real-world impact, helping early-stage initiatives develop and validate their programs, and scaling evidence-based growth-stage programs looking to achieve greater impact.

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 knowledge—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.