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Education Funders Research Initiative (EdFunders) is a project of Philanthropy New York and foundations associated with its Education Working Group.  The foundations associated with EdFunders have diverse missions and vastly different strategies for implementing education reform, but share the goal of improving education in New York City using fact-based decision making.

EdFunders has invested in thoughtful, nonpartisan, accessible research with the aim of identifying and implementing education strategies that improve college- and career-readiness.


  • Altman Foundation
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation
  • Charles Hayden Foundation
  • Charles T. Harris III
  • Donors Education Collaborative
  • Edward W. Hazen Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Fordham Street Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • The Pinkerton Foundation
  • Trinity Wall Street
  • United Way of New York City

Advisory Committee:

  • Claire E. Sylvan, Ed.D., Internationals Network for Public Schools
  • Dr. David M. Steiner, School of Education, Hunter College, CUNY and CUNY Institute for Education Policy
  • James Kemple, Research Alliance for New York City Schools
  • James Merriman, New York City Charter Schools Center
  • Jeff Henig, Teachers College at Columbia University
  • Jennifer O’Day, American Institutes for Research
  • John Rogers, UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
  • Joseph P. Viteritti, Hunter College, CUNY
  • Kim Sweet, Advocates for Children
  • Lori Chajet, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Sister Paulette LoMonaco, Good Shepherd Services
  • Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and Metropolitan Center for Urban Education
  • Richard D. Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation
  • Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University
  • Robert Hughes, New Visions for Public Schools
  • Simone D'Souza, NYC Department of Education
  • Stacy Ehrlich, Ph.D., University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research
  • Warren Simmons, Annenberg Institute for School Reform