Grantmaking & Impact Report

Progress toward academic recovery stalled in SY 2022-23 with a quarter of students chronically absent and the average student needing over four extra months of school to catch up in reading and math.

The status quo won’t be enough to accelerate student engagement or learning.

That’s why we’re here.

Letter from Our Vice President

Friends and colleagues,

As I reflect on the past year, I’m filled with a sense of awe and pride both for the ingenuity and perseverance we saw in our grantee partners and our team’s continued commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations on their journeys of innovation, evidence, and growth.

This past year marked my tenth anniversary leading Overdeck Family Foundation. From day one, we’ve been guided by a shared mission—to open doors for every child in the U.S. by measurably enhancing education both inside and outside the classroom. We started by focusing on STEM opportunities, and in the years since, have expanded our scope to include additional areas across the education sector, from birth to ninth grade. I can hardly believe what we’ve accomplished in one decade as I’ve watched our grantmaking efforts help foster cross-sector collaboration, amplify educational opportunities, and drive improvement in academic and social-emotional outcomes for children across the country. 

So, it’s with deep humility that I welcome you to our third annual Grantmaking & Impact Report, dedicated to highlighting what our grantmaking accomplished in the past year and uplifting the successes of the organizations we fund. As you explore the report, you’ll find insights into our impact and grantmaking data, stories from beneficiaries, and Bright Spots that detail how nonprofit leaders unlocked innovation, built evidence, and grew their organizations this past year.

The successes of our grantee partners are significant, and as I’ll detail later, there are invaluable lessons to be learned from their accomplishments, both for our team and the field at large. But as I look across the education landscape, it’s clear there’s more work to be done than what we can possibly do alone. That’s why, aligned to our core value of “learn better, together,” you’ll see a strong thread of collaboration in this letter, one that weaves itself through both our internal and external efforts.

There’s much to say about the education sector right now, but a few things stand out.

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Anu Malipatil
Anu Malipatil

By the Numbers

Grantmaking CompositionGrantmaking CompositionGrantmaking EffectivenessGrantmaking Outcomes
2023 total disbursement
Grant funding by typeGrant funding by type

93 grantees supported

22 new grants

84% of grants primarily benefit historically disadvantaged groups

Grant funding by lever
67% Direct Impact28% Ecosystem6% Other
Organizational stage
63% Growth stage18% Late stage19% Early stage
Ecosystem grants by type
67% Policy and Field Building27% Knowledge Generation6% Validation

These findings reflect the results of a survey of Overdeck Family Foundation grantees conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) in May and June 2023. All percentiles are benchmarked against a CEP dataset of more than 50,000 grantee responses from over 300 funders.


percentile for advancing state of knowledge in the field

percentile for affecting public policy in the field


percentile for understanding grantees’ fields

percentile for impacting Direct Impact organizations


percentile for helpfulness of grant reporting process

percentile for helpfulness of selection process


million children reached

grantees increased reach

grantees increased earned revenue

Supported grantees to strengthen 31 capacities and attract >$67.2m in public and private funding


prototypes generated

early stage organizations funded


36 validation and research studies completed

2 grantees increased ESSA tier

11 grantees meet top two ESSA tier standards

Tier 22
Tier 19

Impact Overview


educators with opportunity for improved teaching practicesJeffrey AllagoodMeet Jeffrey
families with opportunity for improved parenting practicesA PARTNERMeet a Partner
children with opportunity for accelerated academic and/or social-emotional achievementFabienne KellerMeet Fabienne
Jeffrey Allagood
Jeffrey AllagoodTeacher, Fort Lauderdale, FL

I think that CommonLit has impacted my students a great deal.

Over 91 percent of my students passed the Florida English Language Arts state test last year, well above the statewide average of 55 percent. One of my students even said that CommonLit was more challenging than the state test! Since we did CommonLit on a daily basis, it really prepared them for a difficult state exam.


EdNavigator is so helpful for getting kids into school and getting Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Often I start the process and give the family a letter, then ask them to take it from there, and families are intimidated or get incorrect information from the school districts. EdNavigator makes the process so much more successful.

Fabienne Keller
Fabienne KellerParent, New York, NY

Math tends to be difficult for a lot of children, but the way MoMath presented math to my son has helped him stay on top of his classes, way beyond the other kids in his class.

I remember an exam that he had to take. He said to me, ‘You would not believe what was on that test—I learned it at MoMath!’ When my son comes out of MoMath Transformations Summer Camp, he feels like he can conquer the world and do anything. He loves learning and being challenged!


  • Early ImpactEarly Impact

    Early Impact

    Creating strong foundations for early learning.

    13,000 media stories

    on chronic absenteeism

    33-47% reduced risk

    of preterm birth

    96% of families

    surveyed reported that they were able to resolve their education-related challenge with EdNavigator’s help

    1.6-2.8 months

    of accelerated literacy growth on a report card index for students whose families do not share a home language with their child’s teacher

    8 months

    of additional learning in predictive early literacy skills for children participating in SEEDS programs

    10 states

    introduced legislation and three states implemented executive action to improve early childhood programs with technical assistance from The Hunt Institute

    400 early childhood

    and parenting measures scored and added to the IMPACT Measures Tool

    99,000 parents

    and parent-facing professionals reached through evidence-based parenting practices focused on supporting child learning and development

    2x more likely

    after participating in LENA Grow that children get back on track when experiencing language or social-emotional delay

    50% reduction

    in language delays for children at 21 months old

    50% lower likelihood

    of developing mental health problems by second grade and 24% lower risk of reading below grade level for children in ParentCorps-enhanced Pre-K, relative to children in traditional Pre-K

    22% lower odds

    of chronic absenteeism for students attending a school that systematically implemented home visits, compared to those that did not

    5 communities

    co-creating plans with parents and pediatricians to integrate best practices for social-emotional development and early relational health into pediatric care

    $12 million+

    in funding to “high-impact potential” early childhood social ventures connected by Promise Venture Studio over the last 12 months

    61% of participants

    reading at or above grade level in first grade, compared to 43% of comparison group students

    27% increased likelihood

    that caregivers read or look at books with their child every day after participating in Reach Out and Read

    54,000+ children

    across NYC reached by FUEL grantees from July 2022 through June 2023


    reading gain over 5-10 weeks for students in Springboard Collaborative programs

    15% decrease

    in student absenteeism for district schools using TalkingPoints, versus those not using TalkingPoints

    47% more students

    scoring below grade level in literacy at the beginning of kindergarten meet end-of-year grade-level expectations in Tools of the Mind classrooms, compared to matched classrooms

    91% of participants

    arrive to school kindergarten-ready

  • Exceptional EducatorsExceptional Educators

    Exceptional Educators

    Increasing the retention of expert educators in K-9.

    1.5 additional months

    of reading growth in 1 year for students in classrooms staffed by team-based teachers

    5.3% rise

    in ELA proficiency in New York City’s District 19 after implementing CenterPoint’s standards-aligned professional learning

    54 active members,

    35 of which are currently superintendents and/or state chiefs, serving 5.5 million students and 346,000 teachers in 10,000 schools

    ~59,000 students

    reached by City Teaching Alliance teaching residents, participant-teachers, alumni teachers, and school-based leaders in SY 2022-23

    114 of the largest 200 districts

    use EdReports reviews, representing more than 9.2 million students

    4 recommendations

    to the U.S. Department of Education to bolster the adoption and scale of strategic staffing

    6 million students

    across 120 districts have benefited from ERS’s work on improving the teaching profession

    43 actions

    by federal policymakers that advance equitable Pre-K-12 policy goals

    45 partner schools

    in Texas saw a 13-percentage-point growth in proficiency from 2021 to 2022, compared to 9-percentage-point growth seen statewide with non-partner schools

    80% of schools

    supported by Leading Educators in Charleston, SC outperformed 2019 student learning outcomes in reading and math

    87% of participants

    made measurable progress in improving student achievement and other outcomes

    0.5 years

    of additional ELA and math learning gain per year for students in Opportunity Culture classrooms

    225 schools

    using real-time data to establish classroom conditions that accelerate learning and double the likelihood of students earning A’s and B’s

    2,200+ current and aspiring teachers

    and 2,300+ teacher leaders trained nationwide in SY 2023-24

    64 schools

    with 393 classrooms representing 10,000 students participating in a study on the impact of curriculum-based professional learning

    ~50,000 visitors

    have viewed the Rivet Professional Learning Partner Guide since its launch

    80%+ of substitute teachers

    reported increased confidence in facilitating instruction and managing classroom culture and routines after taking SubSchool courses

    50% of grade 3-8 students

    in Chicago Public Schools whose teachers were coached by Teaching Lab demonstrated proficiency on grade-level math and ELA tasks

    27 policy wins

    to support a more a dynamic, rewarding, collaborative, sustainable, and diverse teaching profession

  • Innovative SchoolsInnovative Schools

    Innovative Schools

    Supporting student-centered learning environments.

    33 tutoring providers

    and 5 states received over $10 million to make high-impact tutoring sustainable and cost-effective for 250,000+ students

    300+ learning environments

    have received support and recognition in adopting innovative models

    2x learning gains

    in reading achievement delivered through CommonLit’s digital platform

    1,500+ surveys

    completed by educators across 264 schools to identify the context in which they implement edtech tools

    15 high-quality tutoring systems

    interviewed to determine best practices for tutoring

    103,000+ very active learners

    (spending 30+ minutes per week) yearly on Khan Academy through school partnerships

    3,350 participants

    have learned about best practices for high-impact tutoring through webinars and conferences

    61% of participating K-2 students

    made average, above-average, or well-above-average growth in foundational literacy skills

    27,000+ educators

    from across the world engaged in PBLWorks professional learning in 2022

    71% gain

    in writing skills over the course of 1 year for students who complete Quill’s intervention

    76,000 high-poverty NYC students

    learned to read using blended literacy models seeded by Robin Hood

    1 year

    of additional math learning for students participating in Saga tutoring, which reaches 12,700 students in 16 states through in-person and tech-enabled tutoring

    29.2- to 44.7-point advantage

    in average spring 2022 Texas STAAR math scale score for students using ST Math, compared to matched controls

    84% of students

    reported an increase in engagement, and 55% an increase in sense of belonging, after their Community Educator received Throughline Learning coaching

    106 partner schools

    implemented blended learning practices with support from Transcend

    21,000+ hours

    of free tutoring and college counseling provided to low-income students from January to October 2023

    2x learning gains

    in math achieved by students who consistently use Zearn, compared to matched students not using Zearn

  • Inspired MindsInspired Minds

    Inspired Minds

    Inspiring young minds through out-of-school STEM opportunities.

    $143 million

    in new funding for afterschool and summer programs that support STEM learning in 9 states that were part of the STEM policy cohort

    92% of students

    report improved math confidence and 83% report improved math understanding

    1.5x increased likelihood

    of majoring in STEM for students who participated in BEAM, versus the comparison group

    115,000 youth

    served through 185 out-of-school time partners using Arly, BellXcel’s youth development platform

    8,900+ underserved students

    in SY 2022-23 completed 5 or more lessons or daily challenges

    79% of students

    report increased interest in learning more about STEM after completing Expedition Mars, a Challenger experience

    8% increase

    in the number of kids who said they liked science after watching episodes of “Cyberchase”

    80% of students

    increased their understanding of the engineering design process

    96% of families and educators

    report that EiE activities supported families’ understanding of computer science

    2.2x greater likelihood

    that participants report interest in STEM 9 years after participating in a FIRST program, versus comparison group

    19% YoY growth

    in number of under-represented youth attending more than 15 hours of quality, hands-on STEM activities through Imagine Science partners

    27% improvement

    in math fluency for students participating in NBA Math Hoops

    70% growth

    in student enrollment across all MESA states in SY 2022-23

    29,688 subscribers

    to newsletter promoting the power of family math activities in achieving equity and academic success within the context of school, family, and community engagement

    82% of parents

    reported observing their child had stronger interest in STEM fields after participating in Camp Invention

    18,600 students

    attended field trips online, in person, and in school from January to September 2023

    270,000+ visitors

    to DiscoverSummer.org, an online tool to identify summer programs, over 20% of which offer STEM learning opportunities

    11% increase

    in caregivers’ knowledge and awareness of foundational math skills and 10% increase in caregivers’ confidence to support their child’s learning of early math skills after participating in PBS SoCal’s Family Math programming

    32% of students

    assigned Family Playlists exceeded or met grade-level math assessment benchmarks, compared to 4% of students before the intervention

    990+ school leaders

    and 220+ district leaders surveyed to understand why and how principals and district leaders partner with STEM afterschool providers

    82% of students

    who did a science project using Science Buddies agree that their project helped them understand how scientists use the scientific method to answer a question

    6 national presentations

    for educators highlighting key principles and practices of innovative math programs that spark curiosity and joy in mathematics

  • New JerseyNew Jersey

    New Jersey

    Helping children in New Jersey unlock their potential.

    60 students

    participated in a tuition-free, summer residential program for high-achieving high school juniors who have an interest in STEM

    59 students

    received scholarships to participate in virtual and in-person Center for Talented Youth programs, with an average award of $5,085 per student

    78,405 students and educators

    reached through STEM education programs in FY 2023

    30 teachers 

    developed deeper mathematical thinking and refined pedagogical approaches, bringing newfound expertise to more than 3,000 students in 22 districts across New Jersey

    90,000+ New Jersey students

    reached through hands-on STEM learning experiences, high-quality math and science instruction, and STEM career awareness programs through NJ STEM Month and 7 regional STEM Learning Ecosystems

    24- and 17-percentage-point 

    improvement in students performing on grade level in math and literacy, respectively, during SY 2022-23

    42,000 students

    reached through Students 2 Science’s virtual and in-person STEM lab programs

    2 student teachers

    received annual financial support to pursue their teaching certifications and offer quality STEM instruction to 100+ students in their districts

    915,109 hours

    of quality care provided to children in New Jersey by United in Care hubs and home-based family care providers

    3 preschools and 1 elementary school

    in New Jersey incorporating Montessori practices to increase the quality of early childhood education

Bright Spots

  • Unlocking InnovationUnlocking Innovation

    Unlocking Innovation

    Funding for organizations to develop and launch a new approach, intervention, or model that addresses an unmet need.


    prototypes generated


    early stage organizations funded

    Meet the Grantees
  • Unlocking EvidenceUnlocking Evidence

    Unlocking Evidence

    Funding to advance field knowledge or validate program models through comprehensive studies and research.


    validation and research studies completed


    grantees increased ESSA tier

    Meet the Grantees
  • Unlocking GrowthUnlocking Growth

    Unlocking Growth

    Funding for organizations to scale, as measured by increased earned revenue and reach, improved capacities, and follow-on funding.


    grantees increased reach


    grantees increased earned revenue

    Meet the Grantees

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