LPI has received a US$16 million donation from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. LPI is one of hundreds of organisations to receive funding from Scott and Jewett to further the donors’ mission of supporting equity-oriented, non-profit organisations supporting historically underfunded and underserved communities.
Since 2015, LPI has brought high-quality evidence into policy deliberations at the federal, state, and local levels with support from its funders. It has sought to conduct and communicate research that fosters equity and access to a high-quality education for each and every child. Its work has informed education policy and practice in transformational and systemic ways.
Through general operating support from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Raikes Foundation, and Sandler Foundation and additional funding from many other generous donors, LPI has helped states and districts to advance systemic change on multiple fronts by providing rigorous, actionable research to governors’ offices, legislatures, state boards, education agencies, the US Congress, and LPI’s partners.
This gift helps ensure LPI’s long-term sustainability and deepens its capacity to sustain and expand a stellar team of leading education research and policy experts. The funds will also support LPI’s capacity to lead rapid-response policy and practice research addressing the pressing issues of the day – work that has only grown more critical since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.