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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Below is a list of organizations for whom Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is listed as a donor. Click each to find out more about the organization.

100 Black Men of America

The organization received over a million dollars in funding from Gates for formalizing the process for opening, operating, and monitoring charter schools in African American communities. ... more

50 CAN

The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now replicates Connecticut's example of easing teacher and principal requirements to make way for Teach for America and New Leaders for New Schools types. It advocates for charter schools, choice, big data, Common Core State Standards, and other privatization mechanisms. Multi-state funders are listed below. Individual state funders may be found at the 50 CAN website. ... more

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Specializes in turnarounds of Chicago schools. Critics cite close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and claim he is turning over Chicago Public Schools to ASUL. Hires uncertified teachers -- Teach for America types. ... more

Acelero Learning

Broad, Gates, and the Kellogg Foundation are turning our treasured and successful Head Start program into a for-profit venture . . . literally taking candy from babies. ... more

Achieve, Inc.

Achieve, Inc. is led by a Board of Directors consisting of governors and business leaders. For the past 15 years it has been one of the most influential education policy organizations in the nation. Since 1999 Achieve Inc. has received more than $37,000,000 from the Gates Foundation alone to lead the charge in implementing the Common Core State Standards, influencing education policy, requiring high-stakes testing of students, and creating accountability and evaluation models for public schools and teachers. ... more

Achievement First

New York and Connecticut charter school network that hopes to expand into other states. It has been cited for its extremely strict discipline policies and bullying of students. Two parents speak out in the movie The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman. ... more

Achievement Network, The (ANet)

The Achievement Network reform organization collects and analyzes data of poor and minority students to determine the size of the achievement gap. ... more

Advance Illinois

Astroturf education policy organization funded by the Gates Foundation and others involved in abolishing teacher's collective bargaining rights and advancing policy in tune with that promoted by the Billionaire Boys Club. ... more

ALEC American Legislative Exchange Council

Aims to privatize education, influence higher education policy, and deregulate the teaching profession through buying legislative favors. ... more

Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Alliance for Excellent Education

Alliance for Excellent Education favors Common Core State Standards, digital learning, and NCLB (ESEA) waivers. President Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia, heads a board of highly paid executives, “Waivers offer states a tremendous opportunity; rather than being constrained by the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act, states can design and implement innovative reforms that improve their education systems and more effectively prepare their students for college and a career,” he said, even though the A4EE has produced research showing that such waivers push kids out of high school and that leads to lower graduation rates. ... more

America Achieves aka Education Champions for All

America Achieves aka Education Champions for All is funded by the Billionaire Boys to push Common Core standards. Notable: $1,650,000 to New Leaders, Inc. and a $915,000+ loan to CEO Jon Schnur in 2010. ... more

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

AEI is one of the nation's most successful neoconservative think tanks. It has been extremely successful in placing its people in influential governmental positions, particularly in the Bush Administration. ... more

American Federation of Teachers

The AFT Education Foundation has accepted millions from the Gates Foundation and the Department of Education to acquiesce to the will of "reformers." ... more

American Institute for Research

Wastes hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on many worthless education research projects. Nearly 95% of of the organization's funding comes from the government. According to its 2010 IRS 990, AIR pays 279 employees over $100,000. Among top paid are Sol and Diane Pelavin who together collected nearly 5 million dollars in compensation from AIR that year. ... more

Aspire Public Schools

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Develop

At one time a revered institution by educators, this organization has become a product mill for the reform movement. ... more

Bellwether Education Partners

Bellwether Education Partners is yet another "think tank" supporting the education reform agenda to privatize our public schools. Formerly known as ConnectEd Partners, Inc. ... more

Black Alliance for Educational Options

Former Milwaukee Schools Superintendent Dr. Howard Fuller is the group’s president and founder. BAEO supports tax-funded voucher programs, private scholarships, tuition tax credits, charter schools and public/private partnerships. It is funded by the Waltons, Gates, and other Billionaire Boys’ Foundations. ... more

Bridgespan Group

In 2000, Bain Capital launched The Bridgespan Group, to deliver strategy consulting services to the nonprofit sector. Bridgespan is a consulting firm employing Harvard business types, 78 of whom make over $100,00 annually. The group has tremendous influence in advising the Gates Foundation among others on which nonprofits to support. CEO Jeffrey Bradach propelled the idea of taking nonprofits to “scale,” or taking an idea that he thinks works and replicating it. He chooses what works – reform efforts like Teach Plus, KIPP and other charter school chains, Harlem Children’s Zone, Parent Revolution, are some he thinks work for education. ... more

Broad Center for Management of School Systems

Eli Broad, with connections to Wall Street failures such as AIG, who freely admits to knowing nothing about education, seeks to own and control our public schools. He admits to knowing something about business and governance, a claim that can be easily disputed. The Broad Center specializes in "training" and placing school administrators, most of whom have no education background, in high paying positions of power. ... more

Center for Education Reform

Promotes charter schools and is a tool of "reform" advocates to privatize our public schools. ... more

Center for Teaching Quality

In the business of advancing the teaching profession according to the policies of it's funders who promote a "reform" agenda. ... more

Charter School Growth Fund

CSGF plans to invest Fund II in approximately 40-45 high-performing CMOs over the next five years. CSGF will target CMOs in different growth stages, from high-performing small groups operating a small number of schools that are seeking to scale for the first time to maturing organizations with a track record of running multiple schools that need capital to grow even faster. We will continue to use our rigorous process to screen prospective candidates based on their track record of results in order to maximize our chances for a positive investment outcome. It's all about the children, really. ... more

College Ready Promise

Charter management organizations (CMO) that have privatized many schools in California. ... more

Data Quality Campaign

DQC advocates for data systems that support college and career readiness, the P-20 workforce pipeline, teacher effectiveness, and so on. Influences federal and state policy to promote programs dictated by corporate reformers.

Although they claim to have been established since 2005, they only started paying key employees in 2012. Katie Haycock, CEO of Education Trust is Board Secretary. ... more

DC Prep Public Charter School

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is a great idea, but the organization has 12 employees who make over $100,000 a year and only 75% of the dollars donated actually make it to the classroom. According to its 2011 IRS Form 990, only $25 million of $33 million donated was spent on classroom materials. ... more

Education for Change

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Education Innovation Laboratory

Although EdLabs claims to have no political agenda, its goals mirror those of the "reformers." Some achievements: Our evaluation of Harlem Children’s Zone showed that SCHOOLS ALONE can close the achievement gap -- as if the HCZ is just a school. ... more

Education Trust

The Education Trust pushes the agenda of corporate reformers. It favors corporate charter schools, minimally trained teachers, and accountability through the high stakes testing. ... more

Educators 4 Excellence

Educators for Excellence is two years old. In its first year, it had grants and contributions of $339,031.00. That’s pretty amazing for a start-up founded by a couple of ex-teachers.

In 2011 E4E had receipts of $1,926,028. About one-quarter of the total came from the Gates Foundation. Many, if not most members, have Teach for America roots with an agenda that runs contrary to that of experienced professionals. Members constitute a group of know-it-alls who know nothing about education. ... more

Equity Project Charter School, The (TEP)

According the 990's filed with the IRS for the past three years, TEP has paid no one over $100,000 a year, has received funding from private sources, and has 480 students. Publicly, TEP claims to pay teachers $125,000 base salary plus up to $25,000 in bonuses, to not accept private funding, to enroll 125 students. ... more

Families for Excellent Schools

Faux grassroots parent group advocates for choice and charter schools. New York City group supports John King and Common Core. The group’s top priorities are school choice, teacher evaluations, and ensuring that charter schools have access to public space, and supporting reform legislation. Part of the PIE Network. Funded by the Buck, the Walton, and the Gates Foundations. ... more

Foundation for Excellence In Education

Jeb Bush's education nonprofit. Signature initiatives include testing, testing, testing, labeling schools, deprofessionalizing teaching, and cutting funding for education.

"Aptly named FEE, Bush's group is backed by many of the same for-profit school corporations that have funded ALEC and vote as equals with its legislators on templates to change laws governing America's public schools. FEE is also bankrolled by many of the same hard-right foundations bent on privatizing public schools that have funded ALEC. They have pushed many of the same changes to the law, which benefit their corporate benefactors and satisfy the free market fundamentalism of the billionaires whose tax-deductible charities underwrite the agenda of these two groups."

In 2013, FEE filed a 990-PF changing from a tax-exempt organization to a non-exempt private foundation claiming zero assets. ... more

Friendship Public Charter School

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Green Dot Public Schools

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Harlem Success Academy Charter Schools

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classroom of our nation's poorest children. ... more

High Tech High

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Inner City Education Foundation

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME)

ISKME promotes entrepreneurial education endeavors in line with corporate reform objectives. ... more

KIPP Academy

Flagship charter management corporation given life by the Billionaire Boys Club and touted as a model by reformers. KIPP schools serve mostly segregated, low income populations and require longer school days, weeks, and years to teach a test driven curriculum. ... more

KIPP Always Mentally Prepared Academy

The much touted KIPP school is the "reformers" dream of an innovative school. Force, pressure, top-down interventions, limited curriculum, longer school day/week/year, competition, standardization, testing, uncertified teachers/administrators in newly established schools. That's what KIPP is made of. ... more

KIPP DC

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

KIPP Foundation

The KIPP Foundation supports KIPP schools, recruits and hires uncertified teachers and administrators at great expense to donors and taxpayers. ... more

KIPP Infinity Charter School

The much touted KIPP school is the "reformers" dream of an innovative school. Force, pressure, top-down interventions, limited curriculum, longer school day/week/year, competition, standardization, testing, uncertified teachers/administrators in newly established schools. That's what KIPP is made of. ... more

KIPP NYC

The much touted KIPP school is the "reformers" dream of an innovative school. Force, pressure, top-down interventions, limited curriculum, longer school day/week/year, competition, standardization, testing, uncertified teachers/administrators in newly established schools. That's what KIPP is made of. ... more

KIPP Star

The much touted KIPP school is the "reformers" dream of an innovative school. Force, pressure, top-down interventions, limited curriculum, longer school day/week/year, competition, standardization, testing, uncertified teachers/administrators in newly established schools. That's what KIPP is made of. ... more

KnowledgeWorks

Goal is to fundamentally change secondary and the college delivery system -- merging the two. Promotes Early College High High School and STEM. ... more

League of Education Voters

Astroturf organization, NOT to be confused with the very excellent League of Women Voters whose good name they piggyback on, that influences education policy favoring the privatization of public schools in Washington state. Pro charter schools, high stakes testing, and Teach for America types. Although it claims to be citizen-founded and citizen-funded, LEV Foundation accepted nearly 6 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2001 to 2011. League of Education Voters Political Action Committee (LEV PAC) founded in 2012. ... more

League of Education Voters Foundation (LEVF)

Together with its sister organization, League of Education Voters, LEV Foundation advocates for the privatization of public schools in Washington state. The Foundation is the moneyed component that has been awarded millions from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ... more

Learning Forward/National Staff Development Council

National Staff Development Council changed its name to Learning Forward in 2010.

According to the organization's website:

“In 1969, a small band of a new breed of educator – the staff developer – met in Minneapolis, Minn. Since then, the organization has grown in many ways – number of members, diversity of products and services, and a purpose tied directly to student achievement. The field has also matured.”

According to Guide Star, the ruling year is 1993 but the organization has only filed tax returns with them since 2009. The “new breed” of educators now running the show are corporate reformers. ... more

Lighthouse Academies

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Mastery Charter Schools

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Mathematica Policy Research

Mathematica is the go to research provider of the education reform movement. They are paid extraordinarily huge sums to produce results that will champion charter schools, teacher evaluation, school turn-arounds, student data, and others. ... more

National Council on Teacher Quality

Teacher bashing organization that seeks to influence policy and regulation of the teaching profession. ... more

New Teacher Project, The

Michelle Rhee founded TNTP after a short stint at Teach for America. Since the Washington, D.C. cheating scandal you'll find little mention of her name in connection to the organization. The New Teacher Project is much like Teach for America. The organization staffs schools with uncertified teachers. ... more

NewSchools Venture Fund

Teacher bashing organization that has been successful in excluding educators from the education process. It investors have extraordinary access to extraordinary amounts of our tax dollars while having no education expertise. ... more

Noble Street Charter School

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Parent Revolution

In 2009, parents in Sacramento demanded the ALEC style Parent Empowerment Act, often called the "Parent Trigger" law, that allows parents at underperforming schools to demand real improvements if the parents organize the majority of parents at their children’s school. Parents, funded by the Gates, Walton, Arnold, Broad and other foundations, ultimately succeeded. The California legislature passed of the country's first-ever Parent Trigger law in January 2010. The epic-fail movie, Won’t Back Down, chronicles a pseudo-struggle, sort of. The group advocates closing down neighborhood schools and replacing them with privately run charter schools. ... more

Partnership to Uplift Communities

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Perspectives Charter Schools

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Policy Innovators in Education

PIE Network promotes the privatization of public schools, teacher union-busting, Common Core State Standards, Race to the Top, high-stakes standardized testing, longitudinal data collection, and other education “reforms.”


Member organizations include: A+ Education Partnership, Expect More Arizona, Stand for Children Arizona, California Business for Excellence in Education, The Education Trust- West, Edvoice, Colorado Succeeds, Stand for Children Colorado, ConnCAN, Connecticut Council for Education Reform, Rodel Foundation of Delaware, DC School Reform Now, Foundation for Florida's Future, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Idaho Business for Education, Advance Illinois, Stand for Children Illinois, Stand for Children Indiana, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Stand for Children Louisiana, MarylandCAN, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Stand for Children Massachusetts, The Education Trust- Midwest, MinnCAN, Mississippi First, Better Education for New Jersey Kids, NYCAN, North Carolina Public School Forum, KidsOhio!, Thomas B. Fordham Institute of Ohio, Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, Stand for Children Oklahoma, Chalkboard Project, Stand for Children Oregon, PennCAN, RI-CAN, State Collaborative on Reforming Education, Stand for Children Tennessee, Educate Texas, Stand for Children Texas, Texas Institute for Education Reform, League of Education Voters, Partnership for Learning, Stand for Children Washington. ... more

PTA (National Congress of Parents and Teachers)

The national PTA has been instrumental in bringing parents and teachers together in communities across the country to support children and schools. In recent years, the organization's decisions have been influenced by the dictates and funding of billionaire foundations. ... more

Public Agenda Foundation

Conducts research and publishes opinions paid for by our richest citizens. ... more

Stand for Children

Promotes itself as a grassroots organization but receives substantial funding from rich venture philanthropists who rather deceptively recruit ordinary citizens to advocate for corporate education and the deregulation of the teaching profession. ... more

Teach for America

Teach for America is an elitist organization that recruits non-teachers to educate America's most vulnerable students at a premium price. Research shows that the program does harm to children, does not close the achievement gap as claimed, and costs taxpayers millions. Founder Wendy Kopp has no education training or expertise, but she is extremely effective at asking very rich people, corporations, and the federal government for millions of dollars and getting it. Teach for America perpetuates the myth that anyone with a college degree is a teacher. It is a recruiting and placement service. Until 2011, eligibility requirements stipulated that education majors and licensed teachers were prohibited from joining. TFA has gone to great expense to market the company as the “peace corps” of teaching. It is not. Its placements are not teachers and not volunteers. Recruits agree to teach for two years and then move on to a real career. In addition to a regular teacher's salary, TFA placements are given two $5,000 awards to pay for college expenses. The awards are provided by the federal government through Americorps, whose funding is appropriated to aid volunteer organizations in America's poorest communities. An exception has be made for TFA. TFA “teachers” are given preferable access to teaching jobs over regular teachers especially in public charter schools funded by Gates and Broad. TFA hires highly paid administrators, who also are not educators, to “coach” and assist its placements. ... more

Teach Plus

Teach Plus was incubated by the U.S. Department of Education with almost $2.5 million -- that's taxpayer dollars. The organization pushes programs that support alternative routes to becoming a teacher. It's CEOs pose as professional educators who speak for teachers and wield considerable political power. They promote the policy initiatives of the Billionaire Boys to privatize our public schools. ... more

The New Teacher Center

Founded in 1998 as part of the University of California at Santa Cruz. In July 2009, NTC began operating as an independent non-profit. The program has morphed into something new. Slick, canned, generic, pricey programs with no mention of the "experts" who developed them. Online mentors are provided for new teachers. Promotes reform policies favored by the Billionaire Boys Club. ... more

The New Teacher Project

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization promotes the employment of personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Uncommon Knowledge and Achievement, Inc.

Organization doesn't appear to have a website, but is also doing business as UKA Teacher U which connects to a website called Relay Graduate School of Education. ... more

Uncommon Schools

Although it proclaims that great teachers make all the difference in a child's education, the organization employs personnel who are not trained, professional teachers to staff the classrooms of our nation's poorest children. ... more

Urban Teacher Residency United

Unlike the medical model, residents have not taken education courses, but are placed in classrooms with teachers to practice without requisite teaching knowledge. ... more


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