In the more than two decades CASEL has led the development of a new field in education: social and emotional learning (SEL). Our research has documented impact. Our on-the-ground work in districts has accelerated implementation. Our advocacy efforts have helped embed SEL into public policies.
We are extremely grateful to the private philanthropists, government agencies, and individual donors who help us to reach millions of students every year with SEL. National and local donors across the country support CASEL’s general operations and strategic priorities.
CASEL Funding Partners
The Allstate Foundation and CASEL are collaborating to focus the country’s attention on the power of social and emotional learning to equip the next generation with the skills they need to succeed. In 2021, The Allstate Foundation provided support to develop and launch a new SEL Fellows Academy, a year-long engagement with school districts nationwide to advance implementation of high-quality SEL in their communities. The inaugural Allstate Foundation class of districts will be provided with the necessary expertise and a strong community of practice to bring SEL to more students. In addition, The Allstate Foundation supports CASEL’s communications to establish broad awareness and understanding of SEL. Previous support has included partnership on a national survey of youth to improve schools to be engines of learning and opportunity, and sponsorship of CASEL events. The Allstate Foundation champions SEL and service-learning programs to ensure youth reach their full potential and have the power to build the just, equitable and healthy world we all deserve. To learn more, visit www.allstatefoundation.org
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing CASEL support to engage in a strategic business planning. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is providing support to CASEL to engage leading scholars and practitioners in a collaborative process to ensure SEL reflects the latest science and best practices and policies in the field. Findings will inform the continued development and refinement of CASEL’s suite of practical resources to support schools and school districts nationwide in promoting social and emotional learning. CZI is a a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system.
CASEL is partnering with the LG Electronics USA Life’s Good: Experience Happiness initiative to equip youth with the essential life skills and supportive learning environments to become knowledgeable, caring, contributing and happy adults, citizens, co-workers, friends and family members. LG funding will support CASEL partner districts’ membership into the Collaborating Districts Initiative, which helps districts across the country implement curriculum, share best practices and challenges, and helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of high-quality SEL across all aspects of the school community. LG also will also join CASEL’s 2019 National Conference, engaging 1,200 educators, scholars, policy-makers, and others committed to high-quality SEL programming for all students. Together, the partnership supports an education that prioritizes academic, social, and emotional learning, including the promotion and advancement of sustainable happiness skills, for all youth. The LG corporate social responsibility initiative was launched to enrich the lives of 5.5 million youth in the United States over five years.
New Profit is a national venture philanthropy organization that backs social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in America. New Profit exists to build a bridge between these leaders and a community of philanthropists who are committed to partnering with them to catalyze their impact. To take on entrenched systemic challenges in America, New Profit is focused on driving resources and support to Black, Indigenous, and Latino/a/x social entrepreneurs who have unique proximity to solutions, but face stark racial funding disparities in philanthropy; investing in social entrepreneurs with new systems change models across a range of issues; and shifting how philanthropy and government advance opportunity for all. Since its founding in 1998, New Profit has invested over $350M in 130+ organizations and unlocked over $1.7B in government funding for social innovation through the America Forward Coalition’s collective advocacy efforts.
Starting in 2010, CASEL and NoVo Foundation engaged eight large urban school districts in the first-of-its-kind Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI) to plan for and implement districtwide SEL. The CDI is the only large-scale strategic effort promoting systemic SEL in the country. Today NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. The foundation supports the development of capacities in people — individually and collectively — to help create a caring and balanced world.
In 2016 Pure Edge, Inc. provided generous support to expand CASEL’s Collaborating States Initiative (CSI) to include the participation of eleven additional states. CASEL and the states are actively partnering on the development of policies, learning competencies or goals, and guidelines to support statewide implementation of social and emotional learning. Pure Edge, Inc. builds partnerships with school districts, academic research institutions, and government entities to influence the national conversation around the impact of health and wellness on children to develop policies that make health and wellness an essential component of the education system.
The Raikes Foundation is supporting the Assessment Work Group, a collaboration with CASEL and leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of PreK-12 education, assessment, SEL, mindset science and related fields. This critical effort is focused on developing practical tools for educators in assessment of inter- and intra-personal competencies and developing the future direction of inter- and intra-personal assessment for the field. The Raikes Foundation works toward a just and inclusive society where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on youth-serving systems, seeking to make them work better on behalf of the most marginalized young people in our society.
In 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided generous support to CASEL for the Collaborating States Initiative (CSI) to explore voluntary model SEL state standards, guidelines, and policies to create conditions that may support statewide implementation of SEL and to work with seven states on their goals and plans to develop them. In 2012 RWJF also supported CASEL’s efforts to identify effective financial strategies for sustaining SEL in CASEL’s CDI collaborating districts and others across the country. Today CASEL’s financial sustainability tools are helping districts across the country prioritize and sustain SEL programming. RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. Its efforts focus on improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care — how it’s delivered, how it’s paid for, and how well it works for patients and their families. RWJF is working to build a Culture of Health in America, with a belief that our nation can only reach its full potential when every child is able to lead the healthiest, most successful life possible. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Stuart Foundation generously sponsored CASEL’s 2017 and 2018 Cross-Districts Learning Event. The annual convening provides an opportunity for CASEL’s partners to expand and share their SEL knowledge and experiences with one another. CASEL and Stuart Foundation also worked together on planning for the Collaborating States Initiative. The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education. They work to ensure that education systems in California and Washington provide opportunities for students to learn, achieve and thrive.
The Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) is partnering with CASEL to expand awareness of and access to high-quality social and emotional learning. With SCE’s support, CASEL will both ramp up current outreach and launch new communications platforms. This investment will allow CASEL to build stronger connections with its primary audience of school administrators, while simultaneously expanding its reach to teachers, counselors, and parents who engage with youth every day. SCE works to prepare youth to thrive in a rapidly changing, highly connected world. SCE primarily supports organizations that operate in out-of-school time, prioritizing initiatives that promote social and emotional learning, explore the relationships between technology and society, and build critical skills through youth sports. What unites all of SCE’s partners is their commitment to creating opportunities for young people.
The Wallace Foundation and CASEL are collaborating on aligning SEL implementation strategies during in-school and out-of-school time. As part of the partnership, the foundation is also supporting strategic communications and the development of knowledge products and platforms for dissemination. Based in New York City, the Wallace Foundation is working nationally to answer important questions that, if solved, could help strengthen practices and policies within a field. Its mission is to foster improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone.
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