The mission of The Wallace Foundation is to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone. As stewards of limited resources, we seek to maximize the benefits derived from our grant dollars, so that they have an impact beyond the services we can fund directly.
Our approach is:
to look for opportunities to develop important new insights and evidence in our areas of interest;
fund real world tests of innovative concepts led by educators, arts leaders, out-of-school time providers, and others, and studied by researchers;
then disseminate what is learned nationally to policymakers and those who work on the ground providing services.
Virtually all of the grants we award are made through a competitive process. In most cases, we identify and evaluate prospective grantees through the issuance of requests for proposals or other careful screening processes. While we believe this approach strengthens the effectiveness of our investments, it also means that unsolicited proposals are rarely funded.
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