“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
Education raises one’s self esteem, improves one’s knowledge, gives one a broader view of the world around and how things work, and reduces the social and economic disparity, thus propagating equality. It’s a fundamental human right and as important as primary basic needs.
But when we look into statistics, only 22% of the world's children finish high school and only 55% finish sixth grade. There are numerous reasons for these educational barriers. But many nonprofit organizations have initiated their efforts in bringing quality education, resources and technologies to those in need. Here is a list of Non-profits working in the edtech space.
Khan Academy ’s mission is to provide students, educators, homeschoolers and lifelong learners with a free world-class education anywhere.
Teach for America:
Teach For America is a growing movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
The CK-12 Foundation:
The CK-12 Foundation is a California-based non-profit organization striving to reduce the cost of, and increase access to, K-12 education in the United States and worldwide.
The NMC (New Media Consortium) is an international community of experts in educational technology — from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the advisory boards and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.
UClass is a global lesson exchange that saves teachers countless hours finding and creating high-quality Common Core aligned lessons. When teachers use a UClass lesson, their students can collaborate with students around the world on the same lesson. If a teacher creates a lesson, that teacher gets paid for each time it gets downloaded.
Mission: All children in India, regardless of their social and economic status, will get a high quality school education that prepares them to be responsible and productive citizens.
Big Fun Education is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create and nurture education innovations that focus on student motivation, use of new technologies, and achieve measurable results.
Girard Education Foundation:
Girard Education Foundation aspires to advance K-12 education through innovative educational initiatives.
GlassLab brings together leaders in commercial games and experts in learning and assessment to leverage digital games as powerful, data-rich learning and formative assessment environments.
inBloom is a nonprofit organization funded by the Gates Foundation dedicated to accelerating personalized learning for every U.S. student.
Black Mountain SOLE:
Black Mountain SOLE is the world’s first “self-organized learning environment” (SOLE) for higher education and beyond.
Classroom, Inc. is committed to helping students with the greatest needs to gain the essential skills that will secure their future.
Common Core seeks to ensure that all students, regardless of their circumstance, receive a content-rich education in the full range of the liberal arts and sciences, including English, mathematics, history, the arts, science, and foreign languages.
Teach A Class:
Teach A Class brings world class education to every neighborhood. Their vision is to revolutionize education by creating a network of Learning Labs which offer personalized education for every child at the base of the pyramid leveraging technology and facilitators.
Teach for India:
Teach For India is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and professionals working towards eliminating educational inequity in India.
Educational Technology and Management Academy (ETMA)
ETMA is a non-profit trust organization, pioneering research-based innovation in improving quality of education at all levels.
Raspberry Pi Foundation:
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity founded in 2009 to promote the study of basic computer science in schools, and is responsible for developing a single-board computer called the Raspberry Pi.
Noodle can help you find the perfect educational opportunity, from graduate degrees to weekend classes.
PROJECT MASH bridges the divide between learning in and out of school, from making and tinkering in the classroom to citizen science in the backyard, from design thinking challenges to contests in creative expression.
The Achievement Network:
The Achievement Network works alongside school leadership teams to strengthen their school-wide practice and culture of using learning standards and achievement data to get breakthrough results for students in low-income communities.
Beyond 12 is a national nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009 to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. By integrating personalized coaching with intelligent technology, Beyond 12 bridges the gap between K-12 and higher education to ensure that all students succeed in college.
Innovations for Learning:
Innovations for Learning is a nonprofit focused on improving literacy instruction in the primary grades.
Consortium for School Networking:
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders.
NewSchools Venture Fund:
NewSchools is a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm working to transform public education for low-income children.
Opportunity Education works on the mission, “breaking the cycle of poverty with education”.
DonorsChoose.org makes it easy to help classrooms in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests which range from pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria.
Adopt a Classroom connects donors with teachers to be classroom champions.
iLove Schools is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide teachers with classroom supplies that their schools don't provide.
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. It promotes the values of an open Internet to the broader world.
Local Schools Local Needs:
Local Schools Local Needs (LSLN.org ) is an online service for teachers to post what donations or volunteers they need and for community members to post what resources and skills they can offer to schools.
Reasoning Mind ’s mission is to provide a first-rate Math education for every child.
Clayon Christensen Institute:
The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation.
Student Achievement Partners:
Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence that will substantially improve student achievement.
Digital Promise is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education.
Gooru is developed by a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education.
iNACOL is a non-profit organization focused on research; developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access; developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education; and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, district and state leaders for new learning models.
Institute of Museum and Library Services:
The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.
edUpgrade is a nonprofit organization that connects education innovators– teachers and developers –to help create and shape the learning technologies of tomorrow.
Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit that helps the world’s poorest people reach their full potential by providing access to essential financial services and information on agriculture and health.
PIE (Policy Innovators in Education) Network:
The PIE Network supports collaboration among nonprofit groups working to improve K-12 education in their states.
CloudHead creates volunteer opportunities in collaboration with local NGOs to educate and inspire change through art and technology.
Mercy Corps turns crisis into opportunity for families in some of the world's toughest places.
One Laptop aims to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop.
Shared Interest ’s guarantee fund has used money from U.S. lenders to transform the lives of some of the poorest families in South Africa, while strengthening the institutions that serve them and their communities.
Whiz Kids Workshop believes that mass-media can be the most cost-effective and immediate way to make an impact on large educational gaps in the developing world, particularly at the preschool level.
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