We are a national nonprofit and philanthropic organization founded by educators to promote the absolute best in public education.

Who We Are

The NEA Foundation is a national nonprofit and philanthropic organization based in Washington, DC. Founded by educators, our mission is to work in partnership with others to promote the absolute best in public education. We believe that the most innovative and effective policies and strategies emanate from educators engaged in authentic partnership with policymakers, students, parents, and others who are committed to educational equity, excellence, and opportunity. Through the transformative power of these partnerships, we believe we can improve both students’ and communities’ educational experiences.

Teaching in the Global Age

With a transformative year of professional learning, our NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship helps educators develop instructional methods to equip students for global citizenship in the 21st century.

Fellowship Spotlight

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“Diversity and differences are strengths. These are the ways that we learn from each other. My students learn from each other in the classroom and that new learning transforms them as people...just like the Global Learning Fellowship has transformed me.”

CICELY WOODARD, 2022 Global Learning Fellow, Springfield, MO

Supporting Innovative Ideas

We support public school educators with Envision Equity, Student Success and Learning & Leadership grants to fund classroom projects and professional development.

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“The most successful aspect of our project has been the tremendous increase in student engagement in the K-5 students. They look forward to their Makerspace challenges and really take ownership over their learning.”

JODI DECUF, STEAM Educator, MacGregor School, Bay City, MI

Celebrating Educators

At our annual Awards Gala, we celebrate the challenging but crucial work that public school educators do every day.

Awards Spotlight

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“I want to elevate our profession of education and let the country know that we are the essential workers of the United States of America.”

KATHY PURVIANCE-SNOW, 2022 NEA Member Benefits Awardee

We are a national community of educators and others who are passionate about preserving public education as the cornerstone of our democracy and as every child’s civil right. 

Our work creates opportunities to elevate and celebrate educators, educational partnerships and policies that advance educational equity, excellence, justice and opportunity. 

Support the NEA Foundation

With a 4-star ranking from Charity Navigator, you can be confident that we’ll use your contribution to support educators in public schools across the country as they help their students achieve.