About Us

The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, foundations, and others who support public education initiatives.

A great public education for every student.

The NEA Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare each of America's children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

To date, the NEA Foundation has invested more than $11 million in its signature, district-based Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative. The Foundation piloted the Initiative by investing $6 million in three districts with a high number of under-achieving low income and minority students in Hamilton County (Chattanooga), TN; Milwaukee, WI; and Seattle, WA.  With early results from local evaluative efforts showing significant and positive changes in teaching and learning, the Foundation now supports additional sites in Columbus, OH; Springfield, MA; Lee County, FL; and Omaha NE.

The NEA Foundation has invested more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning. On average, each grant impacts the learning of more than 200 students. To build our knowledge base and to uncover new, great practices in public education we invite all eligible educational professionals to apply for these grants.

The NEA Foundation supports educators as they pioneer creative and innovative classroom approaches designed to prepare students for college, work, and life. The Foundation’s innovation work identifies new opportunities and pilot approaches in public education aimed towards preparing all students to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Our Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary. They are shining examples of the millions of educators who work in America’s public schools.

Board of Directors

The NEA Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of savvy and strategic leaders from a diverse set of fields. Each offers a unique perspective on public education, drawn from their own experience and relationships within the public, private, non-profit, and government sectors. The Foundation benefits greatly from their thinking, their work, and their commitment to education reform.

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Senior Fellows Advisory Group

Globally recognized scholars and practitioners serve as members of the prestigious NEA Foundation Senior Fellows Advisory Group.

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Our dedicated staff brings a diverse set of experiences, knowledge, and skills together with a genuine and personal commitment to helping public school educators prepare students for college, work and life.

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The NEA Foundation is grateful for our supporters. Your gifts help advance innovation, support collaboration and drive reform, provide direct support to educators, and celebrate teaching excellence. Together with our partners and funders, we’re investing in a brighter future for students nationwide.

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Financial Info

The staff of the NEA Foundation— as stewards of the financial resources of the Foundation— utilizes best practices for not-for-profit organizations in creating and implementing the Foundation’s financial policies and procedures and its risk management practices. 

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Members from the media seeking comment from the NEA Foundation or seeking to interview a staff person should contact Edith Wooten, Senior Vice President of Communications, at  ewooten@nea.org.

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