NGLC is passionately committed to boosting college readiness and college completion in the United States. The work of designing a new future for education--one that advances the wide-scale adoption of technologies proven for student success--requires bringing diverse leaders together to catalyze change.

The organization reflects a unique synergy resulting from the blended expertise, leadership, and credibility of both institutional and technology leaders. Our partners and grantees share a commitment to resolving the educational challenges our students and country face, and to rapidly expanding the adoption of proven innovations and demonstrating measurable impact.

NGLC was founded by EDUCAUSE in partnership with  the Council of Chief State School Officer (CCSSO), the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NGLC is fortunate to have engaged additional partners and funders which are listed below.

Founding Partners

   EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the intelligent use of information technology in higher education. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. The association's programs include applied research and analysis, strategic policy advocacy, teaching and learning initiatives, professional development, print and online information resources, and special interest collaborative communities. The current membership comprises more than 2,300 colleges, universities, and educational organizations.


CCSSO Logo  The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.


   The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (INACOL), a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership association based in the Washington, DC area with more than 3,700 members. iNACOL is unique in that its members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and research institutions, corporate entities and other content and technology providers. iNACOL hosts the annual Virtual School Symposium (VSS).


  The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. We host conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications, provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with our member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in our continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.


  Guided by the belief that every life has equal value,The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.


Additional Partners

     The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.


   The Broad Foundation was founded by the Broad family in the 1960s as a way to support their charitable interests and causes. But with their financial success from the sale of SunAmerica, the Broads focused their charitable giving in a new style of investing that was more akin to their business acumen: venture philanthropy. Today, The Broad Foundations, which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation, have assets of $2.1 billion. Their mission is to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts.


CBF-Stacked-C_1.png  CityBridge Foundation works to build a citywide system of high-performing schools in Washington, D.C. We identify, incubate, and invest in the most promising practices in public education in the District as we strive to create a robust portfolio of transformative schools—traditional public and charter—needed for success for all children. To ensure lasting success for this work, we offer a suite of engagement opportunities for local leaders in the business and philanthropic community. Our goal is to provide these prospective “stewards for education” with the knowledge and support to be advocates for continued, sustained progress in our schools.


   LEAP Innovations advances personalized learning to prepare Americans for 21st Century skills by piloting, evaluating and diffusing successful teaching and learning innovations. Through the LEAP Pilot Network, the organization identifies education technology tools for critical learning gaps and matches them with learning environments prepared for them to create a rapid feedback loop, accelerating refinement while using rigorous standards so educators can quickly adopt what works. LEAP also provides co-working and training space and programs to bring together school designers, educators, entrepreneurs, tech companies, learning scientists and students to develop next-generation learning models, share ideas, co-develop solutions, and receive quality training. 


 The Chicago Public Education Fund is a nonprofit organization working to build a critical mass of great public schools in Chicago by investing in talented principals and enabling effective educator teams to reinvent classroom learning. The Fund serves as a catalyst for accelerating positive learning and life outcomes for students in all of Chicago’s charter and district public schools. The Fund is a longstanding leader in identifying and scaling what works for teachers and principals, as well as for the students they serve.


   Inspired by their passion for children and by a shared desire to improve the lives of children living in urban poverty, Michael and Susan Dell established their Austin, Texas-based foundation in 1999. To date, the foundation has committed more than $1 billion to assist nonprofit organizations working in major urban communities in the United States, South Africa and India. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation focuses on opportunities with the greatest potential to directly and measurably transform the lifelong outcomes of impoverished urban children around the globe. For more information, please visit


    The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) is a regional partnership that promotes forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across New England. The five partner states—Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—work together to close persistent achievement gaps and promote greater educational equity and opportunity for all students.

    New Schools for New Orleans and its coalition partners envision New Orleans transforming from a “C” school system to an “A” system—one that prepares all students for college and career—with effective personalized learning as a key driver. New Orleans will become a national proof point for what is possible when innovative school models operate within a system built on autonomy, accountability, and choice. The structure of the New Orleans coalition, which seeks to scale personalized learning, reflects these principles and decentralized environment. The coalition includes three non-profits: New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), Educate Now!, and 4.0 Schools (4.0), with the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD).


    The Rogers Family Foundation (RFF) seeks to catalyze organizations and systems to achieve and excel at the highest level in positively transforming the educational experience and opportunities for Oakland’s most disadvantaged students. Investing both staffing and funding resources, the Foundation envisions a future in which all Oakland students will graduate college-, career-, and community-ready. RFF is committed to ensuring that all students in Oakland have the opportunity to attend a high-quality school. Given the crucial importance of early school readiness, RFF has also set the goal that, by 2020, 85% of students will read at grade level by the end of third grade. In addition, RFF believes that achievement gaps by socioeconomic status must be eliminated for the city’s educational system to truly achieve transformative change.


    The Colorado Education Initiative and its coalition partners imagine a future where education is designed to: help students develop the academic, professional, entrepreneurial, personal, and civic competencies that a modern society and economy demand; support educators in creating learning environments designed to maximize these outcomes for students; and promote systems that support and incentivize educators in this effort.


 At Overdeck Family Foundation, our mission is helping all kids achieve their greatest academic potential.


BarrFdn_logo.jpg  Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts for vibrant, vital, and engaged communities; advance solutions for climate change; and expand educational opportunity. With assets of $1.6 billion, Barr is among the largest private foundations in New England and has contributed more than $710 million to charitable causes since 1999. Barr’s Education Program is focused on the goal of connecting all students to success in and beyond high school.