Schott 25th Anniversary Forum

May 10, 2017 - Baruch College, New York City


  1. The Schott Foundation's 25th Anniversary Forum was a half-day event that brought together a packed room of advocates, organizers, and funders from across the field of education justice. The Forum was built around two panels: one with foundation presidents, the other with advocacy, policy and public sector leaders, followed by an interactive dialogue.
  2. The framework for discussion was exploring the types of cross sector collaborations—including education, health, juvenile justice, and poverty supports—to meet the serious challenges of providing the whole child supports needed for low-income and students of color to be successful in school and in life.
  3. As the central democratic institution in every community, public schools are a linchpin in this effort, but we know it requires collaboration across the full range of nonprofit advocacy and service organizations, philanthropy, and the public sector to create healthy living and learning communities.
  4. After an opening presentation by Schott President John H. Jackson to lay out the framework for the morning, our event moderator Maya Rockeymoore, President & CEO of Global Policy Solutions guided the discussion for both panels.
  5. The common theme that ran through every conversation was the urgent need to break down the silos that many funders and advocates work inside: collaborating across sectors is the only way to win lasting change.

  6. Funders Panel

  7. The funders panel included leaders from across the philanthropic sector:
  8. Leticia Peguero, Executive Director of the Andrus Family Fund
    Ken Zimmerman, Director of US Programs at the Open Society Foundations
    Pamela Shifman, Executive Director of the NoVo Foundation
    John H. Jackson, President & CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education