Our Approach

In May 2014, our Board of Directors adopted Operating Principles for two reasons: To establish best practices, and to hold ourselves accountable. It’s important to us that we “walk the walk,” interacting with our community responsibly and consistently in everything we do. We feel deeply accountable to our grantee partners, and it’s our intention to make sure we never take for granted the philanthropic legacy of our founders.

OPERATING PRINCIPLES

ALL CHILDREN CAN ACHIEVE - We believe that all children can achieve, which is why the achievement gap between low income students and their wealthier peers can, and must, be closed. We concentrate our resources on the students who need them the most.

MEASUREMENT MATTERS - We are interested in supporting organizations that measure their performance, through both qualitative and quantitative metrics, and continually use this information to assess their program effectiveness and improve outcomes. In an effort to achieve the strongest outcomes, we prioritize organizations that incorporate evidence-based strategies.

LEADERSHIP IS CRITICAL - The vision and execution of a leader can make or break an organization. When assessing investment opportunities, we consider strongly the effectiveness and track record of the leadership team, from the executive staff to the board.

EVALUATION - We use evaluation to assess program effectiveness and organizational learning rather than solely compliance.

ADVOCATE - We believe that one of the strongest roles that we can play in addition to funding is to be a connector and advocate for our grantees.

MODEL EXPECTATIONS - We seek to model the kind of willingness to partner, continuous learning, and performance accountability that we expect from our grantee organizations.

BEST PRACTICES - We believe in following best practices and will do our best to learn and follow those set for the philanthropic sector.