A Sponsored Project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

The California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) supports nonprofit organizations focused on education policy reform implementation and advocacy on state and local levels.  CEPF was established in 2011 with a leadership gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. With annual grantmaking levels of approximately $3.0 million, CEPF continues to build on the Hewlett Foundation’s long-term leadership and deep commitment to education in California by supporting nonprofit organizations that boost student achievement and prime students for college and career success, especially for disadvantaged students.

Currently, CEPF is focused on supporting organizations working to advance policy and practice reform to promote Deeper Learning in the K-12 system and/or alignment between the K-12 system and higher education.  Deeper Learning is the set of knowledge, skills and dispositions that are needed to succeed in college, career and civic life. These competencies include: critical thinking and complex problem solving; communication; collaboration; self-directed learning; and academic mindsets—all applied to the mastery of rigorous academic content.  Given the current education landscape in California, in which standards, financing and testing practices are changing statewide, CEPF is particularly interested in strengthening policy implementation efforts as well as continuing to support the type of research and advocacy organizations that helped to foster these changes.