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, funding 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 that, 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.

Our Organizational Values

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.

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 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.