The Franklin Foundation works with community-based non-profits who are focused on one or more of our key areas of focus. We provide support and operational guidance to these organizations, helping to focus their efforts and improve their efficacy. More importantly, we enable American businesses, who sponsor these types of efforts, to have a greater national impact while supporting organizations in their own communities. With thousands of non-profit education organizations out there, we are facilitating new pathways for collaboration helping everyone work toward a single set of goals which aim to ultimately improve the access, effectiveness, and availability of quality public education infrastructures for our nation’s 5.9 million students.
The foundation chooses partners who are local to a community we serve, providing services that are vital to that community’s long-term success, are aligned with one or more of our 4 key areas of focus and can demonstrate solid fiscal and operational management.
Recognizing that all community-based non-profit organizations are different, the Foundation has created these profiles aligned with our 4 key areas of focus to ensure we partner with organizations working toward our overall mission of protecting our public schools by improving access, innovating approaches, engaging communities, and influencing positive change.
Our models for providing funding are as innovative as our organization itself. We focus on helping community-based organizations find their success as part of a joint effort to protect and strengthen our national public education infrastructure.
The Foundation helps community organizations fund their projects and initiatives aligned with our mission. We give restricted grants for a specific purpose to eligible partners on an annual basis. Grants allow partner organizations to operate programs aligned with one of our 4 key areas of focus in their community. Outcomes for all restricted grants are measured quarterly unless otherwise stipulated.
The Foundation provides scholarships to targeted student and educator populations served by our community partners. These include partial and full scholarship opportunities with an aim of seeing more students succeed in STEM disciplines, and more teachers obtain advanced degrees without being saddled by debt.
The Foundation provides PRIs to social enterprises focused on STEM efforts who join us as partners. These are usually SIOs (STEM Incubator Organizations). We offer low-interest loans to help social enterprises get off the ground and serve their communities.
The Foundation helps community partners get access to the technologies and tools they need to achieve their mission by aligning them with national organizations who are sponsors of the foundation. The Foundation will either purchase, at a significant discount, items for the partner organization and then give those things as a grant or align the partner with a committed sponsor who will donate support.
The Foundation helps smaller community-based start-up non-profit organizations gain access to the funding they need for operations or to gain 501(c)(3) status. These micro grants aim to help important community organizations get off the ground and establish themselves as cornerstones of their community.
That is our belief and defines our approach. Community Partners are not pet-projects of the Foundation. They represent a significant part of our mission and the ability for us to drive national change in protecting and strengthening our public school infrastructures. We only partner with strategic and innovative organizations with strong leadership, governance, and impact plans.
We are only interested in partners – organizations looking for an institutional donor are not a good fit. For us, the word partnership means precise alignment in mission and goals. These partnerships are long-term, will involve significant mutual investment, and will require solid planning and outcomes management throughout.
Ours is a 30-year mission, so we are looking for partners capable of having decades of impact on their communities; creating new realities where public schools become the backbone of the community, students are supported, teachers are respected, and legislators are informed.
The Franklin Foundation operates on a set of core beliefs that drive our mission and inspire us to tackle one of our nation’s most important and complex social issues.
The Franklin Foundation, in addition to working with community partners, oversees a group of key programs created to further our overall mission and assist community partners in delivering lasting change to their communities.
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