What can you say about a company that–in just one year–produced major films about education for Frontline and Netflix, 20 reports for the PBS NewsHour, 36 web-only pieces, 25 “Why I Teach” essays, a new web series called “Follow the Leader,” and 50 major “Taking Note” blog posts (including several that exposed Michelle Rhee’s failure to investigate clear evidence of cheating by adults on Washington’s standardized tests)?
You might say, “Wow.”
And what if I then told you that just 8 of us accomplished all this for about $1.6M?
I’m hoping you will say, “Wow, that company deserves to be supported.”
If you are having that reaction, here’s your opportunity, because Learning Matters, the non-profit organization with that track record, has received a challenge grant of $150,000 from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation. However, to earn the $150,000, we must raise the equivalent amount in the next few months.
Meeting the challenge will put us in the black for 2014, because $300,000 amounts to nearly 20% of our annual budget. Meeting the challenge will also guarantee another year of probing coverage of education’s toughest, most important issues: the Common Core, expanding early childhood opportunities, deeper learning, the arts, leadership gaps, student debt, the uses of technology and more.
While we are hoping for a few major gifts, we know that we won’t be able to climb this mountain without help from a supportive network of small donors. We hope we can count on you for help.
Please keep in mind that every fully tax-deductible gift is worth twice that amount to Learning Matters. We get twice the bang for your bucks, and you can feel twice as good about helping us.
All of us at Learning Matters feel blessed. We have the privilege of reporting in depth on complex education issues for the 1.4 million people who watch the NewsHour, America’s most respected news program. Our challenge is to choose from among dozens of significant issues and hundreds of compelling stories.
Ahead in 2014: We are bringing back The School Sleuth, whose exploits in 2000 brought us our first George Foster Peabody Award. This time the aging detective will be investigating ‘blended learning’ and other new-fangled stuff in America’s classrooms.
Thank you, and best wishes for the holidays from all of us at Learning Matters.