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38 NGOs Dedicated to Improve Education

There are many organizations dedicated to improving eductions. NGOs, and other charities that provide humanitarian aid to help people in need, but every NGO has a specific focus. Some organizations are dedicated to fighting hunger. Other organizations are focused on fighting poverty, while still others fight for human rights and dignity. Below you will find a list of 38 NGOs dedicated to improving education.

1. Achieve

Achieve is the leading voice for improving college and career readiness in the United States. By convening states and leaders, providing technical assistance to states, conducting research, and offering advocacy, communications, and outreach support, Achieve has transformed the concept of college and career readiness for all students form a radical concept to a national priority.

2. The General History Project

The General History Project seeks to record the life stories of aging community leaders in their own words. By bringing these great, first-person narratives to light, they promote cultural awareness, improve the historical record, and enrich the lives of all people, young and old. They want to make cultural and historical preservation a priority in places that lack the resources to do it on their own.

3. Grameen Foundation

This foundation is committed to developing and championing sustainable solutions that expand financial inclusion, improve livelihoods and enhance health. The organization measures the effectiveness of their work by the number of people they reach and how their solutions have improved lives. Their approach has ranged from tracking the beneficiaries of the microfinance institutions they support and the organizations that use the tools and services they developed, to evaluating the impact of projects they manage directly.

4. PIE (Policy Innovators in Education) Network

The PIE Network’s mission is to connect state-level education advocacy organizations with colleagues across the country to amplify their voices and maximize their impact. They envision a powerful network of champions for education reform working together across the country to advocate for policies that ensure all kids have the schools they deserve.

5. CloudHead

All CloudHead projects relate in some way to Art, Education, and Technology. They create art and media projects with the short-term goal of creating a safe space for students to create and express themselves. Their long-term goal is to help students develop marketable job skills, including improving their English language competency. They do not in any way interfere with the individual mission of each of the partner groups. CloudHead does its best to help local NGOs raise funds to support their own initiatives. In all cases, their goal is to provide resources that allow the local NGO to remain independent.

6. Child Empowerment International

Child Empowerment International works in war-torn geographies to provide education and healthcare for children living primarily in refugee and displaced people camps. CEI has been providing education and experiences for children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges related to war trauma and violent experiences for the past 20 years. This includes the establishment of day schools for children without access to education either within refugee centers or within the communities in which they reside

7. Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

8. The Hunger Project

This organization’s programs throughout Africa, South Asia, and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.

9. Mercy Corps

The goal of Mercy Corps is to build secure, just, and productive communities through local programs that alleviate poverty.

10. Tilapiana

Tilapiana provides solutions to fishermen who are losing their livelihood because of declining resources. Tilapiana gives locals a “business in a box” so they can set up a tilapia fish farm and make a living with a sustainable, earth-friendly fish farm.

11. New Futures Organization

New Futures Organization is a charity based in Takeo, Cambodia. They have been actively working to improve social and educational conditions for local young people for more than 10 years. NFO was initially founded to care for and support a group of homeless orphans in the town of Takeo. Over the years, they have been able to support these young people to  integrate back into their local communities and to attend school.

12. One Laptop

One Laptop aims to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, they have designed hardware, content,and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world, and to a brighter future.

13. Room to Read

Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit-of-reading among primary school children. The also support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

14. The School Fund

At The School Fund, they believe that local organizations are best qualified to select students. Field partners identify high-potential students who are economically disadvantaged. Each partner has a unique selection process tailored to local needs.

15. Shared Interest

The mission of Shared Interest  is to provide financial services and business support to make livelihoods and living standards better for people as they trade their way out of poverty. They work collaboratively and innovatively with those who share the commitment to fair and just trade. With a community of investors and the support of donors and volunteers, they seek to contribute to a world where justice is at the heart of trade and finance.

16. WhizKids Workshop

WhizKids Workshop educates children and youth on a mass scale through the creation and distribution of innovative, entertaining, and culturally relevant media and materials. WhizKids’ mission is to make educational materials fun and engaging, as well as easily distributed on a mass scale to children all over the world.

17. The Annenberg Institute for School Reform

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a national, policy-research and reform, support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially those who live in urban communities. Educators, researchers, and parents work on numerous projects that promote learning, develop leaders, and facilitate opportunities in all levels of education.

18. College Summit

College Summit unleashes the power of the most influential high school students in low-income districts across the US to boost schoolwide college preparation and enrollment.

19. Citizen Schools

At Citizen Schools, adolescents work side-by-side with experts to explore new fields, learn new skills, and build a foundation for their future. They partner with low-income communities that need additional support and resources. Their program supports academic achievement in core subjects like English, Arts, and Mathematics while building important, 21st-century and social-emotional skills through real-world learning experiences. They serve adolescents in low-income communities at a critical point in their development when they are searching for their pathway into the adult world.

20. Education Sector

AIR’s mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people’s lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.

21. The Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may have been overlooked by the traditional, college-selection processes. The foundation extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams of 10 students.

22. American Education Research Association (AERA)

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

23. The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social, and health outcomes. Their work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities, and ensuring access to opportunities because children need all three to succeed. They advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works, and strive to influence decision-makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.

24. Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Their aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

25. Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ)

Their vision is a high-quality, public education system for all students driven by the bold ideas and expert practices of teachers. The CTQ mission is to connect, ready, and mobilize teaching leaders to transform our schools

26. Teach for America

This organization is committed to expanding opportunity for children by affecting profound, systemic change. They find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field in order to shape the broader system in which schools operate.

27. Blue Engine

Blue Engine brings together teams of teachers working in historically oppressed communities to reimagine the classroom experience for all students. This results in dramatic gains in academic achievement and the creation of diverse groups of apprentice teachers prepared for success in the classroom.

28. Teach Plus

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success.

29. BellWeather Education Partners

Bellwether develops and advances innovative solutions to major questions and challenges facing policymakers in the education field. Their research and recommendations they have offered have shaped local, state, and federal policies and the broader conversation about America’s schools. They are sought out for their independent analysis, deep expertise, and broad network connections in the education sector.

30. New Teacher Center

New Teacher Center’s mission is to improve student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers, and school leaders. Their  mission is supported by generous contributions from a number of philanthropic organizations.

31. The Broad Foundations

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation works to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts. They invest in the people, programs, and institutions that are improving the human mind, body, and spirit. The foundation has created groundbreaking, independent institutions in each of its three investment areas.

32. New Leaders

Their mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.

33. New Schools Venture Fund

As a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm, they use the charitable donations they receive to support education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education to create great results for all students.

34. The Education Trust

The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels — pre-kindergarten through college. Their goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people, especially those from low-income families or who are Black, Latino, or American Indian, to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.

35. TNTP: Reimagine Teaching

TNTP’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

36. KIPP

This organization’s mission is to create a respected, influential, and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.

37. Gates Foundation

The Global Health Division of the Gates Foundation aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. They work with partners to deliver proven tools, including vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics devices, as well as discover pathbreaking, new solutions that are affordable and reliable. Equally important is innovation in how they bring health interventions to those who need them most.

38. Acumen

Neither the markets nor aid alone can solve the problems of poverty. More than two billion people around the world lack access to basic goods and service, from clean water and electricity to an education and the freedom to participate in the economy. Acumen is there to change that. Their vision is a world based on dignity where every human being has the same opportunity.

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