We are a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students.

Who We Are

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. The NEA Foundation receives contributions from corporations, foundations, and individuals, including educators. We take seriously our commitment to the public school educators and students we serve and our stewardship of the donors who contribute to our work. We are proud that we have received Charity Navigator’s highest, 4-star rating on financial health, accountability and transparency for the past eight years, a record that puts us in the top two percent of all rated charities.

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.

Global Fellows
Development Hours
Classroom Resources

Fellowship Spotlight

Shanna Peeples

Palo Duro High School
Amarillo, TX

Shanna Peeples was the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. She was a 2016 ATE Awardee and 2016 Global Learning Fellow.

Shanna formerly taught high school English in Amarillo, TX, but is currently a Candidate, Doctor of Education Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
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The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

“As an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, I am privileged to increase my own global competence as well as model it for my colleagues and students. That competence begins with a willingness to explore and understand cultural and global topics.”

Supporting Innovative Ideas

We support public school educators with Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership grants to fund classroom projects and professional development.

Grant Funding
Educators Reached
Students Impacted

Grantee Spotlight

Carly Imhoff

Ashford School
Ashford, CT

Through the “Out of This World” professional development experience, Ms. Imhoff will acquire the knowledge needed to lead educators and students in developing and creating a cube satellite to send into space. By attending the Educator Space Academy at the US Space and Rocket Center, Ms. Imhoff will learn how to integrate space exploration into the school district’s kindergarten through eighth grade science curriculum. Additionally, through authentic astronaut training, Ms. Imhoff will gain the skills needed to develop a district-wide program where students will design satellites and experiments to learn more about space.

Grantee Stefanie Root's Unique Solution to Remedial Math
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Grantee Stefanie Root's Unique Solution to Remedial Math

“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.”

Celebrating Educators

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

Social Media Reach

Awards Spotlight

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Educator Cicely Woodard's Story

“I love being a teacher because every single day we get to show up believing in kids, believing in the power of education.”

STEM Learning

We are working to bring high-quality, project-based STEM instruction to high-need districts.

Invested in STEM
Public Schools
Students Reached

STEM Spotlight

Linda Goode Bryant

Founding Director, Active Citizens Project & Project EATS
In New York City, bringing urban farms into the classroom
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In New York City, Bringing Urban Farms into the Classroom

“One of the great things about farming is that you really do cross a number of disciplines and areas of life. So not only are you growing food... learning the science... you also have to sell the food to be able to buy seeds for next year.”

Breakfast in the Classroom

We are helping boost students’ academic performance, health, and behavior by supporting the Breakfast in the Classroom partnership.

Students Reached
School Districts


Scott DiMauro

Vice President of the Ohio Education Association

“A nutritious start to the day not only improves students’ concentration, alertness, comprehension and learning... it also reduces disciplinary problems, tardiness and visits to the nurse.”

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. Our work creates opportunities for people and organizations from all sectors and paths to empower educators to improve student learning.

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