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About Us

The Fund for Educational Excellence is an independent nonprofit organization working to close the equity and opportunity gaps for all students in Baltimore City Public Schools. We believe that a strong public school system is the foundation for the health and success of Baltimore.

Founded in 1984 as Baltimore City’s only education fund, the Fund works as a trusted partner with the school district, students and parents, funders, advocates, and local nonprofits. This unique position allows the Fund to identify educational needs and complex issues, offer honest insight, develop creative solutions, and collaborate with a diverse group of community stakeholders to implement effective change. Our work offers a range of support programs and resources for Baltimore youth from early childhood through post-secondary education.
We envision a highly regarded, exceptional Baltimore City Public Schools system where students of every race and socioeconomic background attend high performing schools and graduate with promising choices for their futures.
We expand resources, identify and accelerate solutions, and recognize excellence so that all children in Baltimore City Public Schools experience an effective and equitable education.
We believe:
  • a thriving public education system is critical to the overall health of our city
  • students of every race and socioeconomic status deserve a high-quality, equitable education
  • in embracing innovation and tackling complex issues with curiosity and optimism
  • student and community voices and perspectives are integral to educational achievement
  • schools have the most direct effect on students and must have cultures where students and families feel valued
  • in creating a trusting, diverse, open, and supportive work environment

Equity Statement

The Fund is steadfast in its commitment to equity for all students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, or immigration status. Our equity approach focuses specifically on racial and socioeconomic equity.

It is impossible to consider the current context of City Schools without taking into account our City’s history of racial injustice. For the majority of children in Baltimore City, the ramifications of these injustices are ongoing. By proactively considering and measuring the impact of policy, practice, program, and resources provided to students of color and those living on the lowest socioeconomic margins; by intentionally engaging those most impacted by our schools in the problem-solving process; by co-creating new opportunities for students and families, the Fund seeks to play a role in reversing the negative effects caused by systemic racism.

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