The Funders’ Collaborative for High-Quality Schools (Funders' Collaborative) is a network of local, regional, and national funders committed to providing high-quality public school options for all Newark students. The Funders' Collaborative supports the design, creation, and sustainability of high quality school options by aligning philanthropic investments with district strategy for maximum impact. Since its inception in 2011, the Funders’ Collaborative for High-Quality School Options has provided schools with a strong platform to advance effective system reform efforts in Newark, while also allowing for greater collaboration and alignment among funders. As an additional benefit, the Collaborative also establishes a vehicle and framework that aligns, focuses, and coordinates resources to improve school quality and fosters a mutually supportive learning community of school leaders across the district.  

NTE is currently focused on broadening the impact of the Funders’ Collaborative to ensure that grants are responsive to the multidimensional needs of schools. One of the most common needs identified by school leaders in Newark is mental health services and social emotional support for students and staff.  In response the Funders Collaborative has continued to allocate resources towards strengthening and improving social-emotional learning programs and trauma informed services in schools. 

For more information please call 973-648-0300 or e-mail [email protected].

Current and Past Funders

  • Chad School Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Foundation for Newark’s Future
  • GEM Foundation
  • Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Nicholson Foundation
  • Panasonic Foundation
  • Prudential Foundation
  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • The Schumann Fund for New Jersey
  • The Victoria Foundation
  • The Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation
  • Turrell Fund

Recipient Schools and Organizations (2020-2021)

  • Franklin Elementary School   
  • George Washington Carver Elementary/Bruce Street School for the Deaf
  • John F. Kennedy School
  • Salomé Ureña Elementary School
  • South Street School   

Recipient Schools and Organizations (2019-2020)

  • LEAD Charter School 
  • East Side High School
  • Malcolm X Shabazz High School
  • Bard High School Early College Newark 
  • McKinley School 
  • Arts High School
  • Avon Avenue School
  • Philip's Academy Charter School of Newark
  • First Avenue School

Recipient Schools and Organizations (2018-2019)

  • Bard High School Early College Newark 
  • East Side High School 
  • Hawkins Street Elementary School
  • Hawthorne Avenue Elementary School 
  • McKinley Elementary School 
  • Thirteenth Avenue/Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School