Current Grantees

As of September 2013, CEPF has funded three cohorts of grantees for a total of 21 grantees.

Cohort Three Grantees
Cohort Two Grantees
Cohort One Grantees

CEPF Cohort Three Grantees

In September 2013, CEPF made its third round of grant awards.  The grants support an ecosystem of ten nonprofit organizations working on deeper learning through policy change in California.  A total of $2.52 million was awarded.  Each grantee received a two-year, general operating support grant and will receive technical and capacity-building assistance throughout the life of the grant.  

CEPF's Third Cohort of Grantees Includes:

Educational Results Partnership (ERP) uses the power of data to improve public schools, with the ultimate goals of ensuring all students graduate from high school academically prepared for college or career and, through collaboration with Cal-PASS Plus and other stakeholders, ensuring that those graduates succeed both in college and the workforce. ERP’s commitment to improving our education system is organized around three key objectives: 1) Informing educators, the business community, policy makers and the public about gaps in the education-to-workforce pipeline; 2) Convening California education policy leaders around an agenda that creates the conditions for statewide improvement of the education-to-workforce system; and 3) Improving education systems and practices by equipping educators, the business community, policy makers and the public with data-based research and other tools for measuring the factors of success.

John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities was founded in 2000 at Stanford University Graduate School of Education. The Gardner Center partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research and effect change to improve the lives of youth. The Gardner Center focuses on all aspects of youth development—cognitive, social, emotional, and physical; bridges the gap between research, practice, and policy; generates actionable research; and seeks to inform stakeholders and the broader education community about critical research findings. The Gardner Center has long supported college and career readiness through community-based research partnerships and a design-build model of implementation and research.

Partnership for Children and Youth’s (PCY) mission is to ignite systems of continuous learning, foster collaboration and build leadership among school districts, government agencies and community-based organizations serving low income children and youth.  Formed in 1997 by government, philanthropy and business leaders who were concerned about the persistent poverty and ongoing difficulties facing children and youth in Bay Area communities, PCY connects school and community partners in these underserved communities with available public and private resources to improve the effectiveness of funding streams serving children.

Public Advocates Inc. is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity.  Committed to the idea of “making rights real,” Public Advocates spurs change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy and litigation across California.  Public Advocates’ education work has long been guided by the goal of providing all children a high quality education that will prepare them for college, career, and civic participation. 

CEPF Cohort Two Grantees

In August 2012, CEPF made its second round of grant awards.  The grants support eight organizations with the potential to positively impact education policy reform in California.  A total of $3.1 million was awarded.  Each grantee received a three-year, general operating support grant and will receive technical and capacity-building assistance throughout the life of the grant.  

CEPF's Second Cohort of Grantees Includes:

American Institutes for Research (AIR)runs an initiative called the California Collaborative on District Reform, which brings practitioners and other players into the state policy arena to identify policy problems and to enact solutions to those problems.  The Collaborative joins district leaders and other practitioners, state policymakers, researchers, and funders in ongoing dialogue and collective problem-solving to improve instruction and student learning across California, especially for California’s most underserved children.  The Collaborative’s work uses several mechanisms: working groups that articulate specific policy positions; projects that build capacity for improved policy and practice; publications, briefings, presentations, and other forms of communication that share its work with a broad policy and practice audience; and ongoing networking between districts and policy actors to better inform state-level policy.

Californians for Justice (CFJ) is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families and LGBTQ communities. Led by students, CFJ organizes to advance educational justice and improve social, economic and political conditions. CJF’s main goal is to engage high school and community college student leaders, parent advocates and allied organizations in grassroots community organizing and state policy advocacy efforts to transform California’s public education system around issues of racial justice and equity.

The Career Ladders Project fosters educational and career advancement for Californians through policy initiatives, research and direct assistance to California Community Colleges (CCC) and their partners. Founded in 2002 by the CCC Board of Governors, under the fiscal sponsorship of the Foundation for CCCs, the Career Ladders Project provides evidence-based policy and practice recommendations to the community college system and the state policy community regarding career pathway approaches, particularly for historically underserved and disadvantaged Californians.

The Council for a Strong America is the parent body of three organizations of unexpected messengers, all working toward the common goal of education reform and increased investments in children and families in California and at the national level. They share the core value that evidence-based local, state and national investments in disadvantaged children are critical to prepare them for graduation and successful, productive futures that strengthen our economy, create safer communities and bolster national security.

  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids:is led by police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and crime survivors, who advocate for education reforms that reduce dropout rates and cut crime and violence.
  • America’s Edge: mobilizes business leaders to advocate for high-quality investments in disadvantaged children and education reforms that produce a skilled 21st century workforce, vibrant economy and employment growth.
  • Mission: Readiness: organizes retired admirals and generals who frame inadequate investments in disadvantaged children and the need for education reform as threats to national security.

EdSource engages Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. It does so in three ways: providing timely, useful information to policymakers; advancing awareness among the larger public on complex education issues; and highlighting effective models and strategies intended to improve student outcomes. 

The EdVoice Institute for Research and Education advances a mission of increasing measurable student achievement and eliminating educational inequality through education and training activities that bridge the gap between policymakers and the best and brightest minds in education research and innovation.  The Institute is a conduit of information for California’s decision makers, building a resource base of educational experts and making them accessible in the policymaking process.  Through symposia, other events and research support, the Institute provides legislative leaders with knowledge to drive smart policy and with connections to research to facilitate ongoing improvement in California public schools.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) is the official nonprofit auxiliary organization to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors (BOG) and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (Chancellor’s Office). The FCCC’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the California Community Colleges (CCCs). The FCCC supports all 112 Community Colleges throughout the state and the 2.6 million students they serve through innovative, diverse, and far-reaching programs and initiatives.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund(MALDEF) has a mission to advance Latino civil rights in the United States through three interconnected approaches: 1. Policy analysis and direct advocacy, 2. Community education and 3. Litigation. On the education equity front, MALDEF seeks to target legislators, superintendents, and parents in order to benefit Latino students, and particularly, the most vulnerable populations within the Latino student community, including English Language Learners (ELL students) and Latinos in low-income communities.

CEPF Cohort One Grantees

At the end of July 2011, CEPF made its first round of grant awards.  The grants support nine organizations with the potential to impact education policy reform in California.  A total of $3.73 million was awarded.  Each grantee received a three-year general operating support grant and will receive technical assistance throughout the life of the grant.  

CEPF's First Cohort of Grantees Includes:

Campaign for College Opportunity is committed to ensuring that the next generation of California students has the chance to attend college and succeed in achieving some level of postsecondary education.  The organization’s approach includes efforts to raise public awareness about the economic impact that a projected shortage of college-educated workers in health care, STEM (science/technology/engineering/mathematics) and other key industries could have on the state as well as and pressing for a public agenda for higher education with goals aligned with state budget and policy efforts to meet critical workforce needs.  The Campaign engages a bi-partisan coalition of stakeholders, including business, civil rights, labor, community and education leaders. 

Children Now is dedicated to finding common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policy makers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential. Children Now’s education reform work focuses on the use of data to improve instruction and learning, accountability and transparency, and teaching effectiveness and evaluation.

Education Trust-West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. The organization exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and identifies and advocates for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. These strategies include increased accountability, better statewide data collection, improved policies regarding teacher quality issues and working with regional partners to conduct college-readiness audits.

Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP) has a singular mission of enhancing state policy for higher education through research and related services, with a specific focus on community colleges because of their importance to California’s social and economic well-being. IHELP was created to fill a perceived void in statewide attention to the postsecondary policy environment in recognition of the critical influence of policy on outcomes. IHELP promotes state and community college readiness by focusing on community college assessment and placement practices, finance reform and data systems.

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation works to build partnerships that make it possible for youth in Southern California to have equal access to education and high level job training, resulting in a thriving local economy.  The L.A. Chamber Foundation supports Chamber activities and efforts of its affiliates to coordinate and broker systemic education reform, focusing particularly on the issues facing large urban school districts. The L.A. Chamber Foundation team also leads and facilitates the education agenda for the R.E.A.L. Coalition, comprised of 19 of California’s most influential business associations from throughout the state, representing over 11,000 employers and more than three million California jobs.

New America Media is a multi-channel news and communications agency whose mission is to increase and improve the flow of news and communications connecting America’s diverse communities by building a national collaboration of ethnic media that serves some 57 million ethnic American adults. Narrowing the information gap is critical to building an inclusive ecosystem of stakeholders committed to reforming California’s public education system, an issue NAM is addressing by building a leadership network of ethnic media, creating youth-driven community journalism hub, and increasing the visibility of ethnic minorities and youth communities among mainstream audience and stakeholders.

Parent Revolution empowers parents to transform their children’s underperforming schools through community organizing. Currently, all meaningful power in regards to educational policy essentially rests in the hands of the duopoly-district management and teachers unions-which has led to policies in important areas such a teacher effectiveness and college readiness that far too often make little or no sense for children. The emergence of parents as a real power player in this equation is a path towards transformative policy change in public education, and each one of Parent Revolution’s strategies and tactics are geared towards accomplishing that goal.

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) is an independent, non-partisan research center based at Stanford University, the University of California – Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California's education system, from early childhood to post-secondary education and training. In the next three years, much of PACE's work will focus on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in California, and on the ways in which policymakers can use the standards to bring about systemic improvements in the state's schools.

West Hills Community College Distrcit/C6 Consortium, represents 12 Central California colleges.  The Consortium is piloting changes in administrative procedures and college and high school policy across a broad region of the state.  The data resulting from the pilots is expected to validate the need to change policies that hamper community college students’ ability to complete their degrees in a timely manner as well as offer direction for reform. The C6 Consortium will focus its efforts on the misalignment between high school curriculum, standardized placement exams and college coursework, and conflicting board governance policies that create barriers to student success.

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10 grantees have been selected for CEPF’s Fourth Cohort.  Read the press release announcement.