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
1440 Foundation generously supported the development and publication of the 2013 and 2015 CASEL Guides, Consumer Reports-type guides to identify school-based programs that successfully promote students’ self-control, relationship building, and problem solving, among other social and emotional skills. CASEL and 1440 Foundation also convened an advisory committee of leading experts on mindfulness with a goal to develop and pilot measures for collecting data on mindfulness practices. The 1440 Foundation supports programs and best practices that cultivate authentic relationship skills in education, wellness, and the workplace through inner fitness and relational fitness – concepts that are consistent with the five competencies of social and emotional learning.
Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young® and CASEL are collaborating to raise awareness of youth voice and to focus the country’s attention on what is possible in American education. A report in the fall of 2018 will share findings from student interviews and a national survey of youth in an effort to improve schools to be engines of learning and opportunity. Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young also generously sponsored CASEL’s 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. The Allstate Foundation helps create more prosperous communities where people are empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by inspiring the next generation of leaders, breaking the cycle of domestic violence, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. Through its Good Starts Young program, The Allstate Foundation enables youth to build social and emotional learning skills and become the next generation of leaders. To find out more about Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young and resources for social and emotional learning, visit Good Starts Young.org
S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is supporting the Assessment Work Group, a collaboration with CASEL and leading researchers and practitioners in the field of PreK-12 education, assessment, SEL, and related fields. This critical effort is focused on developing practical tools for educators in social and emotional (SE) competence assessment and developing the future direction of SE competence assessment for the field.
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.
Since 2012 the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust has been a national growth and thought partner with CASEL. Einhorn invests in CASEL across its practice, research, and policy efforts. Through strategic conversations, knowledge sharing, and collaborative initiatives, CASEL and Einhorn are promoting SEL in preschool through high school students and expanding evidence-based practices to put students on a path to success. The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust’s mission is to help people get along better. By investing in evidence-based programs and in partnership with national organizations, it seeks to inspire a movement of empathetic citizens who, with mutual respect and understanding, ultimately build an increasingly civil society.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is generously supporting the Assessment Work Group, a collaboration with CASEL and leading researchers and practitioners in the field of PreK-12 education, assessment, SEL, and related fields. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant will support the development of key design principles to guide the creation of practical social-emotional competence performance measures as well as an annual design challenge for performance assessments. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation helps individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success.
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.
In 2013 CASEL was one of six grantees nationwide to receive funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for its first round of researcher-practitioner partnership funding. With support from IES, CASEL partnered with the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada, which is participating in our Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI). The project’s goal: to improve and validate student self-report measures of social and emotional knowledge and skills. Initial findings are here. Several other CDI districts are planning to use this new version of the student rating. The states of Alaska and Nevada also are planning to use this resource with students statewide. The mission of IES, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly.
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.
In 2015 the Robert R. McCormick Foundation generously supported a three-year partnership between CASEL and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to advance schoolwide SEL implementation across the district. This project is being piloted in four Little Village schools, and lessons will be incorporated into a guide for CPS educators. The McCormick Foundation seeks to foster communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens.
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.
Overdeck Family Foundation is supporting the Assessment Work Group, a collaboration with CASEL and leading researchers and practitioners in the field of PreK-12 education, assessment, SEL, and related fields. This critical effort is focused on developing practical tools for educators in social and emotional (SE) competence assessment and developing the future direction of SE competence assessment for the field. Overdeck Family Foundation’s mission is to help all children achieve their greatest academic potential. By building proof points, shining a spotlight on what works, and scaling successes broadly, the Foundation hopes to promote real change in the field and create the next generation of engaged, passionate, creative thinkers who can achieve their greatest academic potential.
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.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) provides generous funding to CASEL to support school districts and their capacity to promote social and emotional learning. RPA is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller family’s legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and, as a whole, has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries.
Spencer Foundation is generously supporting the Assessment Work Group, a collaboration with CASEL and leading researchers and practitioners in the field of PreK-12 education, assessment, SEL, and related fields. This effort focuses on developing practical tools for educators in social and emotional (SE) competence assessment and developing the future directions of SE competence assessment for the field. Spencer Foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.
Stuart Foundation generously sponsored CASEL’s 2017 and 2018Cross-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.
Tch Legacy, Inc.
Tch Legacy, Inc. provided funding to CASEL to support the development of professional learning opportunities for teachers, school teams, and district teams to support the implementation of schoolwide and districtwide social and emotional learning (SEL). The field has been asking for greater support and specifics on how to do the work, and through this effort, we are addressing that need and protecting the quality of implementation. Tch Legacy, Inc., formerly known as the Teaching Channel, is a California non-profit public benefit corporation that has been dedicated to helping K-12 educators improve their professional practice for the benefit of all students since 2011. Recently, the Teaching Channel management team acquired the assets and operations of the organization. As the result, Tch Legacy, Inc was able to make grants to other organizations who share their philosophy of helping educators improve their practice for the benefit of all students. CASEL received one of those grants.
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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