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 decade, 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.

358
Global Fellows
41.5k
Development Hours
228
Classroom Resources

Fellowship Spotlight

Jessica Minton

Science Educator
Houston High School
Germantown, TN
The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
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“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 Success and Learning & Leadership grants to fund classroom projects and professional development.

$2.2m
Grant Funding
39k
Educators Reached
627k
Students Impacted

Grantee Spotlight

Andrew Edwards

Lindberg High School
Saint Louis, MO

Lindbergh High School AP/IB students will utilize new technology to expand their scope of laboratory preparedness, think critically in team settings, and instill an exploratory sense of science. Students will benefit from new laboratory equipment by engaging in new and rigorous learning opportunities and will use new software technology to analyze their data. Mr. Edwards will take student data to other AP/IB science disciplines and work with colleagues to better enhance learning opportunities across all grade levels.

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.

900
Leaders
5.7m
Viewers
175k
Social Media Reach

Awards Spotlight

NEA Foundation - 2020 Horace Mann Awardee Alhassan Susso
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Educator Alhassan Susso's Story

“Teachers and support staff around the country make a difference each and every single day. Not only are they transforming the lives of the next generation, but they are changing the narratives of families for generations to come. ”

STEM Learning

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

$400k
Invested in STEM
24
Public Schools
23.5k
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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“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.”

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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