The Edward E Ford Foundation seeks to improve secondary education by supporting U.S. independent schools and encouraging promising practices.

What we do: 

  • We make Traditional Grants to eligible schools and Associations to help them grow and  develop in pursuit of their own missions.
  • We make Educational Leadership Grants to eligible schools or group of collaborating schools that consist of larger dollar awards to fewer recipients. These grants are to help schools to advance teaching and learning, develop and implement models of  good practice and encourage sustainability, all in ways we believe can influence the larger world of secondary education.

  • We encourage collaboration with others in both grant cycles.

  • Occasionally, we may make larger, multi-­year Collaborative Innovation Grants in support of projects that have the potential to influence secondary education more broadly and positively affect our democratic society.       

  • Beyond grantmaking, we share what we learn, sponsor strategic meetings, and work with others to identify and respond to the most pressing challenges facing the field of secondary education.