There are people who wish to give in a structured and planned manner, money, time or talents to advance the education of students in need. However, they may not know what schools and their communities need or what prevents them from accessing this additional support. Conversely, what those from schools know and understand about philanthropy is limited. Historically, not-for-profit organisations, with their various programs or services, have been the intermediary between school communities and philanthropy.
The Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy (LLEAP) survey provides a comprehensive study on these issues.
Among the 2013 LLEAP survey findings:
The good news is that philanthropy and schools are in agreement about what's preventing engagement. The bad news is that these barriers are yet to be overcome.
Outcome areas of focus varied significantly depending on the socio-educational advantage of the school.
9 out of 10 schools report they are new or inexperienced when it comes to engaging with philanthropy, but not so the not-for-profits
Close to $400,000,000 was distributed in the 2012-13 financial year by 37 philanthropics. Of this about 6% went to education.
Anderson, Michelle; Curtin, Emma (February 2014). LLEAP 2013 Survey Report : Leading by evidence to maximise the impact of philanthropy in education. Melbourne, Vic : ACER
Place of Publication
Australian Council for Educational Research