Research Reports

Discover a wealth of social sector knowledge through reports from experts, foundations, nonprofits, and research institutions working in education.

  • William T. Grant Foundation 2017 Annual Report
  • Building on What Works: 2017 Education Philanthropy Report
  • Summer Learning Findings Report: 2017 Summer Programs
  • Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative: Supporting Minnesota’s Youngest Citizens Lessons Learned 2003-2006
  • Building on What Works: 2017 Education Philanthropy Report

    Summary

    Great Lakes 2017 Education Philanthropy Report shares how we're building on 50 years of experience and a strong body of evidence from experts in the field to help knock down barriers to college completion, with particular focus on those that disproportionately affect students of color, students from low-income households and first-generation students. The report details several of the grants we launched in 2017 and a summary of our goals for the coming year.

  • Summer Learning Findings Report: 2017 Summer Programs

    Summary

    Out-of-school time (OST) programs, especially summer programs, offer critical support to schools, youth, and their families. Research indicates that OST programs are more than just a safe haven for youth. High quality OST programs can support youth academically and socially.  Some studies show that minorities and youth in low-income communities benefit even more than their more affluent peers suggesting that OST programs are especially important for these young people.

    Public schools in Oakland serve a large proportion of youth who typically benefit from additional learning supports, including students from low-income households (73%) and English Learners (31%). High quality OST programs provide additional opportunities for youth to practice the academic and social skills they need to succeed. 

  • Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative: Supporting Minnesota’s Youngest Citizens Lessons Learned 2003-2006

    Summary

    The story of the early childhood coalitions organized by the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations in Greater Minnesota.