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Foundation Update April 2023

Foundation Update April 2023


Join the Salute to Excellence and Celebration of
Outstanding Educators on May 5

Educational excellence takes center stage on May 5 for a night of celebration! Outstanding public school educators from around the country and special organizations making a positive impact in public education will gather at The Anthem in Washington, DC for The NEA Foundation’s annual Salute to Excellence in Education.  Join the Salute via livestream here. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by actor and activist Javier Muñoz, best known for his role in the Broadway smash, Hamilton, the evening will feature an awards program, special live dance and musical performances, powerful videos, and more. The 45 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence honorees will be on hand, including the five Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence recipients who will be awaiting word as to who among them will receive the top award, the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence. Other awards presented live that night will include the FNBO Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, The NEA Foundation Equity Partner Award, and The NEA Foundation Student Voices for Education Award. The Foundation thanks our incredible sponsors for their continued support of the Salute to Excellence in Education and shared belief in celebrating public education.

Do not miss this special evening of celebration and inspiration!


Foundation Leaders Tour Mississippi Schools and

Historic Sites of The Civil Rights Movement 

The NEA Foundation Board of Directors embarked on The Mississippi Civil Rights, Education, Spirit and Soul Tour from March 19-21. Board members visited a rural public school in Quitman County, a community school in Jackson, and historic sites that reflect the civil rights movement and fight for equity and justice. They met with school and district officials, community leaders, and elected officials to discuss the progress, challenges, and opportunities in public education in the state.

Since 2020, the Foundation’s Community Schools Initiative has made investments in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and convened the Southern Regional Alliance for Community Schools (SRACS) to bring together public education and community leaders to advance the community schools strategy. It most recently provided new planning grants to the Quitman County Development Organization in Mississippi, and the Rural Community Alliance of Arkansas, to strengthen emerging and established partnerships building rural community schools that over time can serve as demonstration sites for others throughout the Mid-South region and beyond. The addition of these new grantees to SRACS brings the alliance’s footprint to 10 communities and 19 schools.


Enhance Your Classroom Experience with a Foundation Grant

The application deadline for an NEA Foundation grant is quickly approaching! Educators envisioning equity, implementing innovative projects with students, or desiring additional professional development are invited to apply for one of three types of Foundation grants!

Ranging from $ 1,500 – $5,000, The NEA Foundation grants also support educators focused on bringing creative new ideas to the classroom and advancing students’ cultural understanding of civic engagement and democracy. Educators are welcome to apply for a Student Success grant, Learning & Leadership grant, or an Envision Equity grant. Visit our website to learn more about our grantees and use this handy How To Apply for A Grant video to assist in your application process.

The application deadline is April 27.


Help Support Educators Across the Country By Becoming a Monthly Donor

Committed to making a difference? Want to have a national impact? Become a monthly donor to The NEA Foundation today! Our monthly donors are a special community of supporters committed to meeting the needs of educators all across the country and to building a brighter future for students served through public education!  NEA Foundation donors invest in the work of The Foundation because they know that together, we can do more to support public education. Join the circle today!


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