Bill & Melinda Gates, Kresge, Lumina, TG, and Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros leveraging Excelencia in Education’s decade of leadership to achieve goals.

WASHINGTONExcelencia in Education today announced new grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, TG, and the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation totaling $2.4 million.  Nearly three quarters of the new support is to grow Excelencia in Education’s capacity to accelerate Latino student success in postsecondary education.  The balance of the grants will fund new research and expand community engagement.  Collectively, this is the largest concentrated investment in Excelencia in Education’s 10-year history, and demonstrates the organization’s critical role in America’s national postsecondary success. 

“Receiving this level of investment and collaboration with grant makers takes our mission and commitment to another level.  We started Excelencia in 2004 to inform the broader community about Latinos, organize a network of action-oriented and evidence-based efforts, and deliver concrete results in accelerating higher education success for Latinos,” said Sarita Brown, president and co-founder of Excelencia in Education.  “Through previous grants and partnerships, these foundations have enabled us to take the seed of an idea that America needed a national systematic effort to improve Latino college success and grow it into the trusted and respected organization we are today.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing $1 million and the Kresge Foundation is investing $750,000 for organizational growth and capacity building to strengthen Excelencia’s mission and long-term impact on increasing Latino college success across the nation.

“Latinos will have to earn 5 million additional degrees by 2020 for America to regain world leadership in college completion,” said Deborah Santiago, COO and vice president for policy at Excelencia in Education.  “We appreciate some of America’s top philanthropic leaders have effectively ‘doubled down’ on Excelencia in Education because they see how our commitment to community, work, success, and growth benefits their own and broader efforts.”

The Lumina Foundation is investing $400,000 to support Excelencia in Education’s partnership in Lumina’s Community Partnership for Attainment, a larger national effort by Lumina to provide strategic information, cross-site programming, and leveraging support for over 75 communities. This investment builds on the partnership Excelencia in Education has with Lumina to provide technical assistance to 13 communities located in 11 states as part of Lumina’s Latino Student Success effort.

TG, a Texas-based nonprofit organization, is investing $139,000 to Excelencia in Education to support research into the link with federal funding, student persistence and completion at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).  This investment builds on an investment made in 2013 by TG to initiate Excelencia’s innovative online resource center, the HSI Center for Policy and Practice (HSI-CP2), to inform both policy and practice on “serving” Latino students to be launched in Washington DC on September 30th.

The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation is providing $100,000 to fund research to improve the understanding of strategies by selective institutions to enroll Latino students as well as their success at highly selective institutions.

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.


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