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Media Partnerships

Our philanthropy amplifies important information across the nation, helping good ideas become systemic change for learners from low-income backgrounds.

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High-quality reporting and storytelling are vital for investigating, proposing, and disseminating systemic solutions to challenges faced by learners from low-income backgrounds. When media highlight problems alongside evidence-based solutions, successful practices have the potential to scale up. Media amplification can also encourage individual policymakers, communities, and government agencies to address critical issues in improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes. By framing and amplifying the issues critical to improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes, media partners get important information in front of those who can advocate for and make real, systemic change.

Learn more about how our media partnerships support learners from low-income backgrounds.

Building Pathways to Credentials for HEP Students

National Prison Debate League Inc|$50,000|4/2024 - 3/2025
This grant supports the National Prison Debate League in exploring the potential to provide course credits in partnership with postsecondary institutions, and/or develop a stand-alone certificate, so that incarcerated learners receive credit for their participation in this valuable learning and enrichment program.

Developing Quality Postsecondary Education Reporting

Education Writers Association|$185,000|2/2024 - 1/2025
This grant supports the Education Writers Association in increasing the quality and volume of national postsecondary education media coverage by hosting a national seminar, developing online resources, and providing micro-fellowships to new journalists working on stories that highlight solutions to support learners from low-income backgrounds.

Rural Impact Podcast Series

Impact! Communications Inc|$25,000|2/2024 - 1/2025
This grant supports Impact! Communications, Inc. in producing seven podcast episodes, as part of their Rural Impact podcast series, focused on postsecondary education and workforce training access and success for rural adults.

Examining Education Pathways for Rural Prison Employees

Loyola University New Orleans|$50,000|7/2024 - 12/2024
This grant supports the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans in examining education pathways available to corrections officers. The project will explore the feasibility and impact of education programs for corrections officers as a strategy for strengthening access and quality of postsecondary education programming for both incarcerated learners and corrections employees.

Supporting The Different Voices of Student Success Resource Center

The Chronicle of Higher Education|$750,000|12/2023 - 11/2024
This grant supports The Chronicle of Higher Education in continuing to develop and expand multimedia content for its Different Voices of Student Success Resource Center.

Landscape of Funder Collaboratives

Grantmakers For Education|$8,500|12/2023 - 11/2024
This grant supports Grantmakers for Education in conducting a landscape mapping and analysis to connect funders with new or established postsecondary and workforce training co-funding initiatives.
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