Foundation News & Events
President’s Comment: Effective Programs are Not Enough, We Need Structural Change to Reduce Inequality
Since 2015, the William T. Grant Foundation has funded research on programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes. We have supported a diverse pool of highly accomplished researchers, including some who have produced affirmative causal evidence on specific ways to reduce inequality (and others who have provided equally valuable evidence on what […]
The team will conduct a series of macro-simulation exercises to investigate the effects of different configurations of a Black reparations, which will gauge not only the impact on the economic well-being of Black children and their families, but also the economy-wide ramifications for all Americans.
In partnership with the Spencer Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, on June 10, we hosted a 90 minute panel discussion, “Power, Possibility, and Equity in Research Practice Partnerships.” RPPs have been an important approach to research that seeks to center issues of practice and the voices of educators in the research process by […]
We are pleased to announce the election of Scott Evans as the new Chair of our Board of Trustees. Mr. Evans joined the Foundation’s Board in 2013 and has served as the chair of the Finance and Investment Committee since 2018. Mr. Evans succeeds Russell Pennoyer, a senior advisor to Brittany Capital Group, who served […]
Learn more about our work: Read the 2020 annual report
The most recent annual report, released today, compiles lists of all active grants, provides an overview of the Foundation’s assets and spending, and includes letters from our President and Board Chair.
We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has awarded three Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations that provide services to young people in the five boroughs. Part of a new program, these grants provide up to $60,000 in unrestricted general operating support over three years, with the express purpose of […]
The William T. Grant and Spencer Foundations have awarded a Rapid Response Research grant to the University of California, Berkeley in partnership with James Burch, policy director of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) and a member of the City of Oakland’s Reimaginging Public Safety Task Force. The R3 program supports reviews of existing research, conducted […]
The Foundation occasionally supplements its support for empirical research with targeted capacity-building grants. One new award, approved at the Foundation’s spring Board meeting, will support consultations for applicants and grantees and a biennial workshop for grantees to build their capacity to conduct mixed-methods research that integrates qualitative and quantitative methods. William T. Grant Foundation Mixed […]
We are proud to announce five new research grants, including four to support studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and one to support a study on improving the use of research evidence. Approved at the Foundation’s March Board meeting, these grants will build theory and empirical evidence in our two focus areas. Sign up […]
The newest grants, amounting to nearly $2,000,000, are being awarded to Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, and the University of California Santa Cruz. These institutions will work in partnership with local nonprofits or public agencies to address challenges such as youth suicide, youth employment, and educational inequality.
LGBTQ youth face disproportionate levels of harassment, bullying, depression, and substance abuse compared to non-LBGTQ peers. What is the current evidence on ways to reduce these inequalities and how might new research inform how grantmakers and service providers respond? In this webinar, held on March 17, 2021, we discuss the Foundation’s interest in supporting studies […]
Many of us may have hoped that the change in administration in Washington, DC, would have lessened the pervasive climate of hostility and xenophobia that we have experienced in the United States over the past four years. After all, a change in leadership is often regarded as prelude to culture change. Tragically, White supremacy and […]
When we asked grantees in our reducing inequality focus area what they wanted to talk about at our annual convening in December, COVID-19 was top of mind.
Call for Proposals: Theories of Blackness, Indigeneity, and Racialization in Research to Reduce Inequality in the Lives of Young People
This small, one-time writing fellowship incorporates three components for each participating Writing Fellow: publication of an original chapter in an edited volume, participation in a writing workshop, and presentation of parts of each chapter in a facilitated webinar series. Fellows will receive writing support and editorial feedback, participate in a writing workshop, and present portions […]
The William T. Grant Foundation is very pleased to announce the finalists for its 2021 Institutional Challenge Grant competition. Launched in 2017, the Institutional Challenge Grant encourages research institutions to build long-term research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. To do so, research institutions will need […]