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With an Eye on Innovation, Barra Revamps its Funding Approach

11/3/2014 |

Generocity recently covered Barra’s new grantmaking approach: “In talking with people in the field, we found that there were few funding opportunities for organizations that wanted to test something new that had the potential to be better than existing solutions,” Wahl said. “What our grantees really want is the room to breathe – to tackle the same old issues with a fresh approach.” Read more.
Generocity, October 2014

Designing a New Kind of High School

7/3/2014 |

Chip Linehan and Laura Shubilla are the founders of Building 21, a new secondary school in the School District of Philadelphia designed to adapt to all learners and help them pursue their interests while preparing for college success. Read more.
Harvard Graduate School of Education, April 2014 | Grantee: Building 21, Catalyst Fund 2014

For Striving Students, a Connection to Money

7/3/2014 |

With some social problems, information or logistical gaps keep solutions from those who need them. Finding ways to connect supply and demand can be a cost-effective solution — Single Stop is an example. Read more.
The New York Times, March 2014 | Grantee: Single Stop, Catalyst Fund 2013

The Philadelphia Story

7/3/2014 |

Things are looking up, operatically speaking, in the City of Brotherly Love. Read more.
Opera News, March 2014 | Grantee: Opera Philadelphia, Catalyst Fund 2013

White House Makes College a Priority for Low-Income Students

7/3/2014 |

Nonprofit groups say they’re ready to help students navigate the Byzantine college admission and financial aid processes. Read more.
National Public Radio, January 2014 | Grantee: College Possible, Catalyst Fund 2013

Today’s Disruptors and Tomorrow’s Brightest Stars in Education

7/3/2014 |

Alejandro Gac-Artigas: This former 1st grade teacher turned social entrepreneur’s goal is to close the literacy gap by transforming the summer from a barrier into a springboard for financially disadvantaged students and families. Read more.
Forbes “30 Under 30”, 2014 | Grantee: Springboard Collaborative, Catalyst Fund 2013

Advancing the Dream by Shrinking the Skills Gap 

7/3/2014 |

Nearly 10 million Americans are still unemployed even though some 4.5 million jobs are unfilled right now. What’s the issue? It’s called the skills gap. Read more.
MSNBC, PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, October 2013 | Grantee: University City District, Catalyst Fund 2013

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