December 9 2016

AchieveMpls Ranks #3 in National Study of K-12 Education Foundations

AchieveMpls Media Release

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AchieveMpls, the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools, has been ranked #3 in the nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations, Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016. This is the second year AchieveMpls has been included in the nation’s top five.

“Most parents and taxpayers are not aware of how K-12 education foundations are enhancing and innovating public education,” says Dewey Caruthers, study author and president of Caruthers Institute (formerly dewey & associates), which conducts the study. “Education foundations are providing vital programs for students and valuable grants for teachers that otherwise would not exist.”

Stepping Up surveyed K-12 education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts in the nation, as well as other top-performing foundations in smaller school districts. These 188 organizations were evaluated on eight key performance categories, including annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student and volunteers. Collectively, in 2014 (most recent data) they held $506 million in assets, raised $359 million, invested $161 million into grants and programs, and leveraged 45,000 volunteers to fuel their efforts.

“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition for the second year in a row,” says Danielle Grant, AchieveMpls President and CEO. “This high national ranking really reflects the broad range of support for public education here in Minneapolis. It’s an honor to be included in this list of outstanding organizations across the country that are working hard to strengthen public education and ensure success for every student.”

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About caruthers institute

Caruthers Institute (CI) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank that conducts research, crafts solutions and leads advocacy on emerging children’s issues. CI has national expertise on the issues of K-12 education foundations, arrests for common youth misbehavior and child obesity. CI is the next evolution of dewey & associates, which became a nonprofit with a larger mission capable of making a large national impact. For more info, visit

Study Sponsors

“Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016” is sponsored by Foundant Technologies, which provides online grants and scholarship management solutions (; and SaveAround, which helps schools and education foundations raise money through exclusive coupon books (