Education

Ridgway White, president of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, describes their partnership with other organizations in Flint, Michigan, the success they've had in helping ensure access to quality education, and lessons learned from those partnerships.

The Council on Foundations on Tuesday lauded the introduction of the Workforce Development Through Post-Graduation Scholarships Act by Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL). The bill would allow charitable foundations to administer post-graduation scholarship programs to combat “brain drain,” stimulate regional economic growth, and help address the growing student debt crisis.

Philanthropy University is a global, free online university offering MOOC courses to anyone, but particularly targeting young men and women in the developing world who want to serve their communities. Some of our students are already working in NGOs. Others are students or people working in other jobs who want to enter the NGO world and make a difference. Some of the top thinkers in non-profit management and philanthropy have come on board to teach courses, as this New York Times article explains.

In 2012, the Fremont Area Community Foundation took a major step toward building a stronger workforce and increasing educational achievement by adopting Goal 2025—a national goal—to increase the proportion of our residents with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.