Bush Foundation - 2008 Annual Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Bush Foundation - 2008 Annual Report

Contains president's message, board chair's message, goals for the next decade, grants summary, lists of Bush Fellows, investment commentary, and lists of board members and staff.

May 2009

Geographic Focus: North America / United States;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / North Dakota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / South Dakota

Bush Foundation - 2009 Annual Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Bush Foundation - 2009 Annual Report

Contains president's message, board chair's message, grants summary, financial summary, lists of Bush Fellows, investment commentary, lists of board members and staff, and links to program information.

June 2010

Geographic Focus: North America / United States;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / North Dakota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / South Dakota

Frey Foundation - 2008 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Frey Foundation - 2008 Annual Report

Contains grants list, grantee and event photographs, and financial statements.

December 2008

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

Frey Foundation - 2009 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Frey Foundation - 2009 Annual Report

Contains grants list, grantee and event photographs, and financial statements.

January 2010

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

Shifting Gears: Building New Pathways for Low-Skilled Workers to Succeed in the 21st Century Economy

Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

Shifting Gears: Building New Pathways for Low-Skilled Workers to Succeed in the 21st Century Economy

This program specifically focuses on innovative strategies that connected a state's adult basic education system with its community and technical college system. It purposely examines the extent to which the six Shifting Gears states gained "traction on the ground" by incorporating these innovative strategies into existing programs. Gaining this traction among adult basic education providers and community and technical colleges signals that states may be on a positive trajectory toward systems change.

By the end of the five-year period, four of the six Shifting Gears states had implemented innovative strategies to serve low-skilled adults. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin succeeded in enrolling a total of about 4,000 low-skilled adults in their innovative programs -- a modest number that is expected to grow considerably during the next several years as these strategies and program are embraced by more organizations within the states.

Each of the four states Shifting Gears teams pursued a "career pathway framework," creating new programs to help low-skilled adults transition from adult basic education to community and technical colleges and gain credentials with economic value.

The state teams stopped using Joyce resources to finance local projects at the start of Phase Two. Instead, they financed local program development and implementation by leveraging state dollars, encouraging use of traditional funding streams and engaging other stakeholders within state government and in the community (e.g., local philanthropy, community non-profits). These funding strategies have moved the Shifting Gears initiative beyond a "boutique" effort and closer to the desired goal of systems change.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois

PreK-3 Professional Development Evaluation Brief

Education and Literacy

PreK-3 Professional Development Evaluation Brief

Evaluation brief about professional development in McKnight's early literacy grantee school sites. Researched and prepared under contract by SRI International and the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the U of M; part of McKnight's efforts to use research, field-building, and advocacy to increase the percentage of Twin Cities students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Road to Success: Tales of Great Schools

Education and Literacy

Road to Success: Tales of Great Schools

This report details our visits in 19 vibrant communities and 47 impressive classrooms across Minnesota. We hope the proof points that educators and community leaders shared will inspire fellow teachers, administrators, community leaders -- and policymakers -- in classrooms and at the capitol. It's critical to learn from and collaborate with Minnesotans working to make great public schools available to all kids.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota

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