California Education Policy Fund Announces Fourth Grantee Cohort, Totaling nearly $3 Million, to Boost Education Reform Statewide

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK—August 13, 2014 – Continuing its commitment to supporting education reform at the local and state levels, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) today announces the fourth year of grants from the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) to foster Deeper Learning objectives across the California public education system. Deeper Learning is the set of rich academic knowledge and higher-order skills that students need to succeed in 21st-century work and civic life. The grantees are working to improve student success in all aspects of their lives from improving education policies to effective local implementation of recent policy reforms. The $2.65 million in grants will provide support to 10 organizations at the forefront of California education policy advancement.

Created in 2011, and sustained by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CEPF promotes Deeper Learning through education policy reform and reform implementation in California schools. Deeper Learning includes mastery of key academic concepts along with critical thinking and complex problem solving, effective communication skills, teamwork and collaboration, learning how to learn, and the development of academic mindsets. As California has taken strides toward prioritizing critical skills and knowledge by adopting the new Common Core standards and Smarter Balanced assessments, CEPF supports grantees transforming these goals into actionable change. To date, CEPF has awarded over $13 million to 25 nonprofit organizations that advocate for and advance critical education reform policies in California.

“Today’s grantees are in a unique position to impact the changing California education system by focusing on effective policy implementation at both the local and state levels,” said Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. “It’s a pivotal moment in the history of education in California, and these grants will build on The Hewlett Foundation’s longstanding commitment to providing a world-class education to all California students.”

CEPF invests in high-performing, action-oriented advocacy and organizing groups, as well as groups that focus on policy implementation, research, policy analysis, and information sharing. CEPF grantees are chosen based on their demonstrated capacity in advocacy, and communications; as well as expertise in policy implementation, including regulatory rule-making, strategic planning for school sites and districts, coalition building, and translating state policy into operational guidelines for local entities. This year, CEPF is providing both supplemental funding to past grantees and supporting new grantee organizations. This cycle’s grant recipients are:

• California Acceleration Project (CAP)
• California Collaborative for District Reform (American Institutes for Research)
• Campaign for College Opportunity
• Council for a Strong America
• Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)
• Educators for Excellence – Los Angeles
• EdVoice Institute
• Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Foundation
• Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
• Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)

“The Hewlett Foundation is proud to carry on our partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to improve education through Deeper Learning, which will have an important impact in California communities,” said Barbara Chow, director of The Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program. “CEPF’s grantees continue to enhance California’s ability to promote Deeper Learning, which is vital to improving students’ career and college readiness now and in the long term, as they ultimately contribute to the vibrancy of California’s communities.”

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About Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and, as a whole, has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA also serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 35 projects, providing governance, management and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes. For more information, please visit

About The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helps people build measurably better lives. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, as well as grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Foundation’s grants can be found here.