The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation,” has ranked Great Schools Partnership 24th in the nation. This is the second consecutive year Great Schools has ranked in the Top 25. This year’s study included 100 more school districts than last year’s study, but Tennessee held steady among the top.
“It’s always nice to be listed among the best foundations in America. And it all starts with your board of directors,” said Buzz Thomas, president of Great Schools Partnership. “Where else are two mayors, the superintendent, a college president, the university dean and the heads of business, philanthropy, the teachers union, the Urban League and NAACP sitting down together on a regular basis to strategize about creating great schools?”
The study assessed education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts in the nation, as well as other top-performing foundations in smaller school districts. Stepping Up looks at eight key performance categories to determine the ranking: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student, and human capital (volunteers).
“This year was highly competitive. Many foundations that ranked in the top 25 last year are not even ranked in the top 50 this year. Being able to stay in the top 25 is a serious accomplishment,” said Dewey Caruthers, president of Dewey & Associates and author of the study.