Fueling the frontlines of social progress with philanthropic support is central to Schott’s strategy to advance racial justice in public education. In a year like no other, Schott’s 2020 grantmaking was more nimble, diverse, and participatory than ever before. $1.64 million in philanthropic support went to the education justice movement: to continue our work with longstanding partners, to supply quickly-needed resources to mutual aid groups in the wake of COVID-19, and to seize the movement moment to help advocates win police-free schools. In addition to our direct grantmaking support, Schott staff supported our community partners in obtaining an additional $380,000 in support from other foundations.
Schott Foundation makes grants across the United States, including Puerto Rico. The geographic impact of our grants reflect our ongoing commitment to the US South and to movement building efforts in the Northeast and in California.
Grantmaking by Region
Formed early last spring, our Loving Communities Response Fund for Racial Justice (LCRF) was the first COVID-specific response fund formed in the philanthropic sector that, in responding to the movement’s needs, soon expanded its work from supporting mutual aid into organizing in response to demands for police-free schools.
In 2020, LCRF made 55 grants to local, community-based organizations, most at the $5,000-$10,000 level, determined by an advisory board of grassroots education justice organizations.
LCRF Grants by Region
In addition to giving grants, Schott also contributed nearly 900 hours of technical assistance and support to the education justice movement: our staff worked with our grantees on communications, fundraising, and strategy helping to elevate their important work and increase their capacity. Learn more about our 2020 work here, including our sponsored webinars and top blog posts >
Amid the lockdowns from COVID-19 and the racial justice uprisings against police brutality, our partners and allies achieved significant wins in 2020, from police-free schools to protecting DACA to restoring school district voting rights. See the eight key policy wins from 2020 that inspire us for the year ahead >
Your support of the Schott Foundation is critical to helping us nurture and grow the education justice movement. 2021 must be a transformative year: please join and support us in order to ensure all children have the opportunity to learn.