Our Vision

Every student in America deserves a chance for a great life. But too many students and families—especially those who live in large cities, who are black or Hispanic, or who struggle with poverty—need better public schools and school systems. In our home city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the country, the need is particularly significant.

That’s why we start each day by asking ourselves: How can we help our partners and grantees create better conditions in America’s public schools to prepare all students for a productive life? How can we create more high-quality options for families? And how can we give great teachers and school leaders the support they need to keep improving? How can we make a difference in our home state of California and our hometown of Los Angeles?

Our grantees and the leaders we support are relentless in their pursuit of providing an excellent education for every child. With teachers, school leaders, parents and community members, we are committed to improving our public schools and making sure every family has access to a great school. Our students deserve no less.

What We Believe


We
Believe


  • We believe public schools must remain public.
  • We believe all students — regardless of family background or where they live — can learn at high levels and deserve the opportunity to lead successful and fulfilling lives.
  • We believe all families deserve access to a great public school.
  • We believe all students have the right to learn from a great teacher.
  • We believe teachers deserve to be treated as professionals and supported in their important work.
  • We believe visionary leaders are essential to helping schools improve.
  • We believe in setting high expectations for students and schools so that excellence is the standard.
  • We believe communities are vital partners in ensuring the health and success of public schools.
  • We believe all American schools can and should be world-class.


Impact

Here are just a few of the ways we’ve supported leaders, teachers and students with our grant-making.

$16 Million

amount awarded in Broad Prize college scholarships

84%

percentage of Broad Academy alumni who have led or served at the cabinet level of public school systems

109,000

number of students who attend public charter schools supported by The Broad Foundation

$123 Million

grants awarded to support public school district improvement

Areas of Investing

Leadership

We support visionary leaders and managers working to prepare students around the country for success in college, career and life.

Parent Choice

We support the growth of high-quality public schools so that parents in every neighborhood have access to a great school for their children.

Students Rights

We support every child's right to learn from a great teacher in a safe, supportive and engaging public school.

Teacher Voice

We support teachers in the essential and inspiring work they do in the classroom.

Community

We support organizations in our hometown of Los Angeles that are working on behalf of families and students and helping them access educational opportunities.

Areas of Investing Since 1999

Total Invested: $589,500,000

  • Public Charter Schools
  • District Best Practices
  • Broad Prize
  • Communications
  • Teachers and teacher quality
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Personalized Learning
  • Policy

Key Grantees

We support innovative people, programs and nonprofit organizations that are committed to serving students and improving public schools. We are proud to share the stories of just a few of our many amazing grantees.

KIPP
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The Broad Center
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Success Academy
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Students Matter
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Teach for America
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All Current Grantees

The Broad Prize

The Broad Prize for Urban Education and The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools were created to recognize the public school systems that show the greatest academic performance and improvement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color.

The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools
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2012 - Present

The Broad Prize For Urban Education
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2002 - 2014

The Broad Prize Scholarship Program
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can our organization apply for a grant from The Broad Foundation?

The Broad Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Unlike many foundations that have a traditional grant cycle and review process, we proactively seek out investments that align with our mission to ensure every child has the opportunity to attend a great public school. Once we identify potential partnership opportunities, we contact a prospective grantee organization or individual and invite them to submit additional information.

Does The Broad Foundation fund initiatives outside the United States?

No. Our education initiatives are focused on our home state of California and our hometown of Los Angeles.

What initiatives does The Broad Foundation fund?

A complete list of grant commitments can be found here.

Who are Eli and Edythe Broad?

Eli and Edythe Broad are philanthropists who have a public focus in all of their philanthropic initiatives. They both attended Detroit Public Schools and believe that every child deserves the opportunity to attend a great public school. Eli Broad is an entrepreneur who attended Michigan State University, began his career as a certified public accountant, and went on to create two Fortune 500 companies—KB Home and SunAmerica. He and his wife are devoting their time and resources to advancing entrepreneurship for the public good in public education, scientific and medical research and the arts.

What is the size of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation?

The Broad Foundations, including The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation, together have more than $3 billion in assets.

Do you have a board?

Yes.  The Broad Foundation has a 11-member board of governors that advises Eli and Edythe Broad in their philanthropic initiatives. See a list of board members here.

How do you evaluate success?

We don’t simply write checks. Our grantees submit periodic reports on their progress toward expected milestones, such as improving student achievement, supporting teachers or increasing educational opportunity. When key performance benchmarks are met or exceeded, we may expand or deepen our relationship with the grantee. When key performance benchmarks are missed, we may offer assistance and/or we may decide to put a grant on “pause.” If there is limited progress made toward meeting these targets, we may terminate an investment early.

Do you think public schools should be privatized?

No. To the contrary, we are working to ensure that public schools remain public. We believe that public schools must live up to the promise of providing a great education to every student.

Why do you support charter schools?

We believe that families deserve high-quality public school options. We support high-performing public charter schools because we believe they help provide those options to families, especially in underserved communities. However, we also work to close under-performing charter schools that do not live up to their promise to serve students.

Where are you based?

Our offices are in Los Angeles.

Are there specific cities where you focus your investments?

We focus on improving public schools in our home state of California and our hometown of Los Angeles. Through grants to The Broad Center, we support public school system leaders around the country who are working to dramatically improve public schools.