2018 Ascendium Education Philanthropy Report Highlights $107 Million in New Grants
Our newly published philanthropy annual report, Clearing the Path, describes our 2018 grantmaking, which funds projects aimed at increasing postsecondary education and workforce training access and success among historically underrepresented learners. While most of the grants highlighted in the new report were awarded while we were still known as Great Lakes, Clearing the Path is our first annual report to be published under the Ascendium banner, so naturally were excited to share it with all of our partners and allies across the field.
2018 was a pivotal year for us, as we transitioned from Great Lakes to Ascendium, said Vice President – Education Philanthropy Amy Kerwin, But while we have a new name, our commitment to meaningful reforms remains unchanged, and the $107 million in new funding we awarded last year was the largest annual total in our history. Were grateful to our grant partners for the opportunity to play a role supporting their efforts to address the difficult challenges so many students face.
Clearing the Path details grant projects that touch each stage of the student journey, from enrollment through completion. Focus areas spotlighted in the report include improving higher education in prison; increasing community college graduation rates; and boosting success among adult Latino students. The report also foreshadows our new funding priorities for the next three to five years, which we will unveil later this spring.
Read our 2018 Education Philanthropy Report.