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Lumina Foundation

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Open

BACKGROUND

Established in 2000.

FIELDS OF INTEREST

higher education

LIMITATIONS

Giving on a national basis.

No support for P-12 education reform, discipline-specific schools of study and training or religious activities (except for activities that promote educational access and success and that serve diverse recipients without regard to their religious background); no grants that support single institutions; and no support for electioneering or lobbying activities.

No grants to individuals (except for employee matching gifts), or for scholarships, fundraisers, corporate sponsorships, meetings and conferences (except for those related to a strategic initiative of the foundation), capital campaigns, or endowment funds.

FINANCIAL DATA

Assets: $1,258,939,683 (market value)

Expenditures: $83,118,897

Total giving: $51,847,439

Qualifying distributions: $75,274,689

Giving activities include:

$49,852,400 for 150 grants (high: $2,000,000; low: $20,000)

$1,995,039 for 606 employee matching gifts

$13,750,934 for 4 foundation-administered programs

SELECTED GRANTS

  • $1,700,000 to SPEC Associates, Detroit, MI, in 2012. To gain a deep understanding of the effectiveness of the Strategy Labs Network approach that Lumina has settled on with grantee partners for effecting policy- and systems-level change around a defined agenda of policy and practice, the Four Steps to Finishing First
  • $1,600,000 to Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in 2012. For the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce's mission to strengthen the alignment of postsecondary education and workforce via research and technical assistance
  • $1,596,900 to Tides Center, San Francisco, CA, in 2012. For supporting Lumina Foundation's multi-state, multi-year Productivity Grant initiative by managing contracts with states focused on incentivizing college completion to encourage graduation of many more Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials
  • $1,200,000 to Achieving the Dream, Silver Spring, MD, in 2012. For attainment of degrees and credentials by community college students nationally through Achieving the Dream, Inc
  • $1,140,000 to Excelencia in Education, Washington, DC, in 2012. To strengthen the knowledge sharing, cultural competency, place-based collaboration, technical assistance, and communications strategies among thirteen communities striving to increase Latino student success
  • $1,108,000 to Tides Center, San Francisco, CA, in 2012. For supporting Lumina Foundation's multi-state, multi-year Productivity Grant initiative by managing contracts with states focused on restructuring costs of administrative and academic services to expand capacity to educate college students