Teachers working in the
highest need communities have the least access to funding to support their classrooms.
In the District of Columbia's
low-income Wards 7 and 8, teachers spend $1.2 million
out of pocket each year.
D.C. teachers total more than $3.4 million in personal spending each year. In the US, that number expands to $1.6 billion annually.
It started with a typical fundraiser, but has grown into a lifeline for teachers across the District. In 2012, a group of motivated parents looking for a way to do more for their DC public school put together the first “Taste of H”--an evening of food and drink from H St. NE restaurants. The evening was a great success, but seeing how the funds were used opened their eyes to the lengths DC teachers were going to keep their classrooms stocked with the most basic necessities. While important large-scale initiatives were undertaken with the funds, teachers were still left footing the bill for paper, books, and other basic classroom supplies in their efforts to make sure their students had what they needed.
GrantEd Foundation was founded as the vehicle to ensure that teachers would no longer have to spend their own money to keep their classrooms adequately supplied, to provide out-of-classroom experiences for their students, or to access the professional development necessary to keep DC classrooms current and effective. We stay focused on this singular purpose, certain that this simple and efficient model that puts educational philanthropic dollars directly into the hands of teachers will revolutionize how communities support their schools.
Amal is a social entrepreneur and community activist devoted to improving public education and access. She serves on the boards of both TEACH D.C. and Live It Learn It, as well as being an advisor to the College Success Foundation, D.C. Prior to her work in public education and social entrepreneurship, Amal taught English as a second language at Inlingua and Berlitz. She spent the early part of her career at the management advisory firm, Corporate Executive Board. Amal holds a B.A. in International Relations from Goucher College.
Prior to forming GrantEd, Julia spent twelve years as an editor for various associations and nonprofits, where she led a multitude of projects across all media platforms. Adept at project management and general strategy, she manages GrantEd's grants administration, membership, and finances. She holds a B.A. in linguistics and Spanish from Cornell University, and has lived and worked in D.C. for the last 18 years.
Jenny has twenty years experience as a meeting planner and project manager, plus over fifteen years creating and producing marketing and sales collateral. She guides GrantEd's brand development and messaging, providing strategy, marketing, and design expertise. Since 2009, Jenny has owned and operated JND Creative, an independent Design + Strategy firm. She is active in supporting Capitol Hill North grassroots organizations, including CHNNA and local neighborhood school fundraising efforts. Jenny holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.