National Teleconference on States and the Stimulus: What Role Can Education Funders Play?


We invite you and your members to participate in the following national teleconference co-hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the Foundation Center:

States and the Stimulus: Short-Term Needs vs. Long-Term Solutions

What Role Can Education Funders Play?

Date: Monday, March 29, 2010

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm, EDT

Grantmakers across the country have been building momentum working with state chiefs, district leaders, and other stakeholders to leverage the unprecedented rollout of funds available through the U.S. Department of Education’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Working individually and through funder collaboratives they are playing a critical role in building capacity, facilitating investment partnerships, advising on grant applications, and a host of other advocacy and public policy initiatives at the state level aligned with the Department’s reform agenda.

At the same time, these activities are playing out against a backdrop of severe cutbacks in state education budgets that have already resulted in four-day school weeks in 15 states and a wave of school closings, teacher layoffs, and service cuts. In this one-hour teleconference, members of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the broader funder community are invited to participate in a discussion on how to navigate the shifting landscape in their states.

To jumpstart the conversation, Terry Mazany, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust and Paul Herdman, President and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware will talk about the budgetary impact in their states and efforts underway to mitigate fiscal realities while continuing the drive toward education reform.

In the subsequent “open mike” segment, Mary O’Neill, Director of Programs at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, will facilitate broader discussion among participants on such topics as:

  • What are some of the emerging battleground issues in the states around education spending?
  • What are some of the challenges facing grantmakers working on reform issues in light of cutbacks in state education budgets?
  • What role can and should grantmakers play in helping states prioritize education spending?
  • What are some models of promising practices that grantmakers can adopt to balance basic needs vs. longer-term education reform efforts in their states?

This teleconference is presented through support from the Mott Foundation and in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers for Education, and the Philanthropy Roundtable.

To register, please visit: http://foundationcenter.org/rsvp/education

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 25th. Registration confirmation with call-in instructions will be sent via e-mail on Friday, March 26th.

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