Racial Equity and Education in America (beta)
Investing in educational products and services exist at any stage in a child's educational journey, from financing facilities for early care and education, to investing in aftershool programs for secondary education, to investing in products for post-high school learning.
Foundation investors and others work with experts in education, including program officers specialized in this field, to develop an approach that aligns with their mission and values.
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- Visit the Racial Equity Library for more information on racial equity and impact investing.
Reinvestment Fund offers low-interest loans to early childhood education providers in Philadelphia to maintain high-quality early learning environments. The fund is supported by the William Penn Foundation.
Low-Income Investment Fund explores in this report how philanthropic capital can help to support ECE facility financing. See below for a snapshot of case studies mentioned in the report.
Investing in Post-High School Education
Lumina Impact Ventures, the impact investing division of Lumina Foundation, makes direct investments in ventures working to improve post-high school learning opportunities and ensure that communities of color are not excluded from opportunity. For example, Lumina’s $1.25 million equity investment in 2017 helped Upswing grow to serve 700,000 non-traditional students (over 25 years old, part-time, and/or virtual) in four years (2014-2018). Over 80% of Upswing’s clients are students of color.