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Foundation Included in Third Round of California Education Policy Fund Grants to Support Student Success

Additional Funding Will Further Foundation’s Efforts to Support Education Reform in the California Community Colleges

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—September 11, 2013—Last week, the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) was one of 10 organizations to receive a grant from the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF), a project sponsored by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). In total, CEPF awarded this cohort of nonprofits $2.52 million in grant funding in an effort to continue supporting education reform in California.

This two-year, $100,000 grant will supplement the $300,000 grant awarded to the Foundation from CEPF in September of 2012, and will help the Foundation continue advancing the California Community Colleges Student Success Initiative, a system-wide effort to implement education reform throughout the Community Colleges. Learn more about the Foundation's Student Success efforts here.

Aligning with CEPF’s current focus of promoting Deeper Learning—an effort to help
K-12 students master core skills necessary to succeed in college and successfully enter higher education—the Foundation has been at the forefront of implementing multiple strategies designed to facilitate student success. Student Success has been the Foundation’s flagship fundraising effort since 2012, and this specific funding will support the Foundation’s endeavor to expand the use of technology tools and better align data standards between K-12 districts and the California Community College system.

Additionally, two of the Foundation’s fiscally-sponsored programs were also recipients of CEPF grants. The Career Ladders Project received a two-year, $65,000 grant to help continue its efforts to provide career opportunities for college students and recruitment opportunities for employers. The Educational Results Partnership received a $400,000 grant as a new recipient in order to support its California Partnership for Achieving Student Success Plus (Cal-PASS Plus) program, which uses data provided by schools to research and promote the best new teaching and curriculum techniques.

"The Foundation recognizes the value of higher education and its vital role in workforce development and remains committed to helping students complete their educational goals,” said Keetha Mills, Foundation President and CEO. “Support from CEPF will allow us to continue to play a critical role as a hub for student-centered technology solutions and in developing the tools necessary to create a more seamless pathway to higher education.” 

CEPF was launched with a gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2011, and works to support California organizations focused on Deeper Learning and improved alignment between K-12 schools and higher education. This is CEPF’s third cycle of grants, and recipients were chosen based on their potential to improve education conditions for underserved students with the end goal of increasing student success in college and helping students prepare for careers.

Final grant decisions were made by RPA, with additional review from Sacramento-based consulting firm Capitol Impact, LLC., and with counsel from an independent Grant Award Advisory Committee. Read more about this round of CEPF grants here.


The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education while saving millions of dollars for colleges each year.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support.

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