Our Vision

The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. 

  • About us

Since our beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. We believe that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit.


A great public education for every student.


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

  • We believe in quality public education for every student.
  • We listen to educator voices to find solutions for improved student learning.
  • We empower public school educators to improve student performance.
  • We advocate for the education profession.


Equal Opportunity: We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity. All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence, and character.

A Just Society: We believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity, and equality of every individual in our diverse society.

Excellence: We believe excellent schools are continuous learning communities for students and educators alike. We further believe public education is accountable to the citizenry for ensuring an educated populace.

Democracy: We believe public education is the cornerstone of our republic. We believe public schools are responsible for teaching students the skills they need to become informed, compassionate participants in civil society and to advance the economic, social, and intellectual capital of the society in which they live.

Participation: We believe all sectors of society share a responsibility to provide public education with human and material support, guidance, respect, and encouragement commensurate with maintaining an educated populace.

Professionalism: We believe and publicly acknowledge that educators play a critical role in creating and leading each school’s learning community.

Partnerships: We believe partnerships with all members of the education community, parents, families, researchers, policymakers, and communities are essential to effective public education and student success. The NEA is a critical partner in the Foundation’s efforts to achieve excellence in public education. 

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors boasts 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.

Senior Fellows

Our Senior Fellows Advisory Group engages globally recognized thought leaders who offer expertise and knowledge on our programmatic efforts and philanthropic strategy.


Our dedicated staff adds a diverse set of experiences, knowledge, and skills to a genuine and personal commitment to public education.

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