2015-2016 Summer Melt Texting Initiative: Lessons Learned on What it Takes to Launch a Program

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy;Race and Ethnicity

2015-2016 Summer Melt Texting Initiative: Lessons Learned on What it Takes to Launch a Program

At Great Lakes we focus on helping students of color, students from low-income families and those who are the first in theirfamilies to attend college. These underserved students have the most to gain from earning a degree or credential, but face the steepest challenges in getting there. One of the first barriers they need to overcome is "summer melt." The purpose of this report is to share lessons learned by three high school districts during the development and launch of a summer melt texting program.

October 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

Overcoming Barriers to Graduation: Great Lakes 2015 Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Overcoming Barriers to Graduation: Great Lakes 2015 Philanthropy Report

With over half of jobs now requiring a postsecondary credential, college completion has never been more important. Yet it remains elusive for too many students -- especially students from low-income backgrounds, students of color and first-generation students. For 50 years, Great Lakes has focused on helping traditionally underserved students who have the most to gain from a college education -- yet often have the least support in getting there -- make their way to and through college. Our 2015 report highlights the three distinct and purposeful funding approaches we use in pursuit of this goal and details several grants we made over the past year.

March 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Iowa;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Ohio;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

Learning What Works: Great Lakes 2014 Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Learning What Works: Great Lakes 2014 Philanthropy Report

Great Lakes 2014 philanthropy report details a $28.6 million commitment in grant funding over the past year to close the college completion gap faced by students of color, low-income students and first-generation students. The report highlights a variety of grants made to colleges, universities, community-based organizations and research initiatives that demonstrate promising approaches to getting more students to and through college. Great Lakes aims to learn which ideas will help the most students achieve the greatest results.

December 2014

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Iowa;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Ohio;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

Mindful Giving: Great Lakes 2013-2014 Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Mindful Giving: Great Lakes 2013-2014 Philanthropy Report

Great Lakes 2013-2014 philanthropy report details record $21 million in commitments. This past year Great Lakes dramatically increased its funding to help more students from low-income households, students of color, and students who are the first in their families attend and complete college. For the 2013-2014 academic year our commitments total $21 million, and are in excess of $100 million since 2006. This report tells more about our approach to philanthropy and the work we do to move more students toward college completion.

June 2014

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Iowa;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Ohio;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Education and Literacy, Government Reform

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Examines the student characteristics and effects of charter schools on students' test-score gains, high school graduation and college attainment rates, and test scores in nearby traditional public schools. Includes policy and research recommendations.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Western)-Colorado-Denver County-Denver, North America-United States (Southern)-Florida, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia, North America-United States (Western)-California-San Diego County-San Diego, North America-United States (Southwestern)-Texas

Non-Profits and the Economy in Northeastern Wisconsin

Arts and Culture, Education and Literacy, Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Non-Profits and the Economy in Northeastern Wisconsin

Presents survey findings about the overall financial health and outlook of nonprofits in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties, including cash reserves, revenues, layoffs, and statistics about the arts and culture and youth and education sectors.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin, Africa

Success for Every Child: Milwaukee Succeeds Milestone Report 2013

Education and Literacy

Success for Every Child: Milwaukee Succeeds Milestone Report 2013

Milwaukee Succeeds is a unique effort is bringing together all the key stakeholders to support a common set of goals to improve educational outcomes for all children in the city of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee and its children often end up on the wrong end of the list when it comes to education, poverty and the myriad of social and emotional issues surrounding them. To overcome these challenges, it will take a vision that all in our community embrace. After all, "success for every child, in every school" is a pretty large undertaking; one that will require a big commitment to fulfill. Milwaukee Succeeds believes our community is up for the challenge because we believe in the promise of our city. We know how hard individuals and groups are already working to improve the educational environment in Milwaukee. We have seen some dedicated efforts getting remarkable results with the children in our schools. But we also know it will take more than hard work. The work is too big for any one organization to tackle and the issues are too complex for any single group to overcome. It will take all of us -- parents, educators, community leaders, faith-based leaders, business leaders and more -- working toward our common goals.

This Milestone Report lays out the challenges we face and the goals that have been set to tackle them. In the data section, the issues are outlined as they exist today - some of which may seem daunting. With each challenge, there are clear outcomes we have set to achieve by 2020. But this report also makes a promise: We pledge to work together to achieve the goals we have laid out and to fulfill our commitment to the kids. That is the spirit of Milwaukee Succeeds and all who will join forces with us to take on this important work. We are a diverse group who pledges to collaborate and to focus on issues where our collective effort can make an impact. One issue at a time, one problem at a time working across the spectrum of cradle to career is how we will see success unfold.

We share the communitywide sense of urgency on improving the educational outcomes for children in our city, but we know that to create lasting change, we have to be in this for the long haul. This Milestone Report is just a starting point. It lays out the journey we have in front of us and the goals we expect to achieve along the way. We believe that by working together we all will get there. We know that by working together, we all will help Milwaukee succeed.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee

Milwaukee Independent Charter Schools Study: Report on One Year of Student Growth

Education and Literacy

Milwaukee Independent Charter Schools Study: Report on One Year of Student Growth

Analyzes results of an evaluation of gains in reading and math scores over one academic year among independent charter school students compared with public school students, by charter school type, student characteristics, and school-switching.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin

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