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Report: Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6 December 2010

This report looks at how philanthropy can be more effective at helping to reform and improve our nation’s school systems.

Every year, foundations provide billions in grants for education. Yet, our education system is in crisis: American schoolchildren – especially those from vulnerable communities - remain trapped in a continuous cycle of inequities in educational access and opportunities.

How can philanthropy be more effective at deploying its limited resources to help reform and improve our nation's school systems? How can philanthropy help break the cycle of persistent inequality, which undermines our American ideals that public education strengthens democracy and our economy, and prom