Anu Malipatil, Vice President, Education, shares her lessons learned with the philanthropic sector, inspired by a decade of experience leading Overdeck Family Foundation.
When It Comes To Purchasing EdTech Solutions, Evidence-Based Decision-Making Is More Important Than Ever
In today’s K-12 education market, there is strong demand for technology-fueled solutions to close achievement gaps, but little to no guidance for educators on making decisions based on evidence of impact. Melanie Dukes and Lina Eroh outline the critical role philanthropy can play in strengthening evidence-based decision-making for edtech solutions, ultimately leading to better student outcomes.
Since the pandemic began, the federal government has provided nearly $190 billion in education funding to states and districts. As these rapid-relief dollars are set to expire, Anu Malipatil suggests that now is the time for schools and districts to assess whether the dollars have made a difference, and use that insight to inform what funding should be spent on going forward.
Perspectives: As Technology Use Explodes in Classrooms, Philanthropy Must Help Ensure All Students Benefit
Technology has the potential to play a significant role in improving engagement with families, assessing student progress, and providing personalized learning solutions. But to have a real impact, edtech tools need to be evaluated and refined before they're made available at scale. John Overdeck, President of Overdeck Family Foundation, points to the need for philanthropic investment in new innovations and ongoing evidence-building to ensure these solutions improve learning for all students.
In 2022, Overdeck Family Foundation disbursed over $50.6 million to 97 organizations that collectively reach 57 million children, two million families, and 147,000 educators. Our 2022 Grantmaking & Impact Report shares key grantmaking outcomes, lessons learned, and stories of how our funding helped grantees unlock innovation, evidence, and growth.
In this blog post, we highlight how Overdeck Family Foundation funding has helped Almost Fun, Imagine Science, Next Education Workforce, Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund, Saga Education, and Tools of the Mind unlock growth, measured by increased earned revenue and reach, improved capacities, and follow-on funding.
In Q3 2022, our foundation awarded 23 grants totaling over $13 million dollars. Of these, six grants were new, 11 were renewals, and six were disbursements for ongoing pledges. This post highlights just some of the many organizations we’re proud to support.
In 2021, Overdeck Family Foundation disbursed over $45 million to almost 100 grantee partners, collectively reaching over 24 million children. The inaugural Overdeck Family Foundation Grantmaking & Impact Report shares key grantmaking outcomes, lessons learned, and grantee stories of unlocking innovation, evidence, and growth across the education sector.
This blog post explores how grantees Saga Education and Teaching Lab pursued critical research using funding from Overdeck Family Foundation.
In Q3 2021, our foundation awarded 33 grants totaling over $13.5 million dollars. Of these, six grants were new, while 27 were renewals. This post highlights just some of the many organizations we’re proud to support.