Many individuals go through the public school system never thinking about how much it costs administrators to develop new curricula, supply students with the technologies they need to succeed, allow teachers to stay on the payroll and keep up with utilities payments, among other things. Because these facilities don't require attendees to pay tuition, they have to rely on funds garnered as a result of other fees, money given to them by the state and a number of other sources.
However, academic institutions can sometimes be helped along by foundations and other nonprofit organizations that focus on educating the youth of America. These generous entities can allocate money to individual schools or entire districts and greatly help the students, teachers and other leaders at the institutions.
The Carnegie Corporation is one such organization that has taken the reins in giving the youth of the United States a fighting chance at getting a good, worthwhile education. In the past month or so, the group has given a significant amount of money in the form of grants to various schools around the country.
Grant given to promote nuclear education
Though the amount was not disclosed, administrators at the Stevens Institute of Technology revealed that the Carnegie Corporation recently gave the academic institution a sizeable grant to allow administrators to host a symposium that will promote education on nuclear issues. This workshop will be held in November in Hoboken, N.J., and will be attended not only by university faculty, but also professionals from think tanks and industry veterans.
"Our goal is to promote new and enriched undergraduate and graduate courses to bring greater understanding of nuclear issues to mainstream students who are not pursuing specialized expertise in these areas of study," explained Dr. Julie Pullen, director of the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce.
$10 million given to four school districts
In late September, the Carnegie Corporation gave even more money to schools. This time, though, administrators concentrated their efforts on high schools, and gave $10 million total to four school districts across the nation, in Philadelphia, Denver, New York City and Cleveland.
Each district will be using the money in different ways. For instance, the School District of Philadelphia will be putting the $3 million grant that it will receive over three years toward planning for and opening two new schools. On the other hand, Denver Public Schools will be using its $1 million grant over the next two years to open a new high school and create a model district ecosystem.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.