What is EdVestors?
EdVestors is a school improvement organization that connects education and philanthropy in Boston. Our goal is to increase the number of schools delivering dramatically improved education outcomes for all students.
How does EdVestors achieve its mission?
EdVestors works in three ways to drive change in urban schools:
- We act as a seed funder for school improvement
- We develop and demonstrate best practices for school improvement across schools
- We coordinate major public-private partnerships to achieve citywide student impact in targeted focus areas, currently K-12 arts education, middle grades math and career and technical education.
What are EdVestors’ current initiatives?
Our current initiatives are:
- School Solutions Seed Fund: Supporting frontline educators and their best ideas for improving schools
- School on the Move Prize: Shining a light on Boston’s public school success stories
- Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion: Expanding access and equity in arts education in Boston Public Schools
- Zeroing in on Math: Dramatically increasing student achievement in middle grades math
- Career and Technical Education: Expanding career and technical education pathways as a school improvement strategy
How did EdVestors start?
EdVestors was formed in 2002 by a group of philanthropists, educators, and business leaders interested in mobilizing private investment in the public education system to create equity in education and ensure all of our city’s children have access to a high-quality education and opportunities to succeed. EdVestors began with our Co-Founders, the late Philip H. Gordon and Michael Douvadjian, the founding board, and former President and CEO Laura Perille.
Where does EdVestors funding come from?
As a nonprofit organization with no endowment, EdVestors fundraises its annual budget each year, including all funding that we distribute through our various initiatives. Funding comes from a broad group of generous individuals, foundations, and corporations. Help us reach our fundraising goals and support EdVestors work today.
What is EdVestors’ target population?
EdVestors works with all types of urban schools, from independent charter to traditional district schools. A substantial portion of our work focuses on the Boston Public Schools system, as they serve the largest percentage (three-quarters) of the city’s schoolchildren. We pay particular attention to helping schools meet the needs of the city’s most vulnerable learners, including English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families.
Can my school/organization receive funding from EdVestors?
EdVestors funds a range of school-based work in Boston through our various initiatives. To check current funding opportunities and eligibility guidelines, visit our Grant Seekers page.