Fall 2017 Grants in Action Tours

Our donors have asked, and we have answered! Join us for one, or both Grants in Action tours to learn more about the nonprofit organizations that we are partnering with through the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. We are committed to early childhood development through Our Focus: Youth Literacy, and are … Continued

Wake Up And Read: Pacesetter in Youth Literacy

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that many more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. Since its launch, the … Continued

Third-grade reading proficiency: it matters

Daniel started third grade reading significantly below grade level, afraid of reading aloud and not able to make connections in the text. His teacher, Jean Skelton, a third-grade teacher in Durham Public Schools, worked with him for hours to help him over his apprehensions. “I had to step him up … Continued

Many Barriers to Education for NC Children

Education is supposed to be the great equalizer, the thing that can end generational poverty and change the trajectory of a person’s life. “We often think of equality,” said Laila Bell, director of research and data for NC Child, a state-level advocacy organization in Raleigh. For example: “‘If we give … Continued

Working to Ensure Kids Can Succeed

For a man with a big heart, giving back in his community seems like a natural way to honor his daughter, Julia, who passed away suddenly in 2001. All of his families’ grantmaking is to be reminiscent of her, something she would have been proud of or something that would … Continued

No Easy, Quick Answers in Equity Work

Equity work isn’t about finding absolute answers to anything. It is about asking questions over and over and over again and making good decisions about how to address particular problems in particular areas through an equity lens. That’s according to Gita Gulati-Partee, Founder of OpenSource Leadership Strategies, who led over … Continued