Impoverished students face many barriers to education: low quality schooling, lack of resources and support, inadequate nutrition, and more. Meanwhile, middle-upper class students are handed opportunities that put them ahead. These disparities create the achievement gap ("Top Education Nonprofit Organizations Helping Shape Schools, Students & Teachers").
Map of Education Funding
This geospatial map of the United States clearly illustrates one of the primary issues deep rooted in our inherently flawed education system: funding inequity. On a local, state, and national level, drastic disparities in funding and access to resources deny many students a proper education, leaving millions of students behind annually. On a global scale, as one can imagine, this education inequity is even more prominent. Education philanthropy exists to diminish the wide gap in education funding.
Education nonprofits aim to close the achievement gap between middle-class and poor students. Money collected from grants, the government, and donors allow these organizations to provide children with a variety of programs and resources to support their academic growth:
- training volunteers to provide programming that ensures that all children are ready for kindergarten
- effective teacher recruitment
- training and professional development to teachers and administrators
- organize extracurricular programs
- provide educational materials and other important resources that may be in short supply ("Top Education Nonprofit Organizations Helping Shape Schools, Students & Teachers").
For reference, the picture below highlights some of the history related to educational philanthropy, that have led into the creation of the field as we know today:
Throughout this chapter, we will discuss the challenges that education nonprofits are dealing with as a result of current events and recent movements.