Education

Promoting equity in educational opportunities

From kindergarten to college, from afterschool programs to summer learning, from literacy to teacher pipeline, the Maddox Fund partners with education initiatives that advance student achievement because knowledge and education are transformative.

PENCIL reading clinic

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of “education”?

In general, the Maddox Fund is looking for programs that promote academic advancement and social emotional learning in Kindergarten  through traditional college age students (5-25).

+ Will the Maddox Fund support programs focused on parents and children together?

The Fund’s focus is on children and youth.  Any proposal including parents and family (i.e., parent involvement in a child’s education, parent education, etc.) would need to demonstrate a direct benefit to children and youth and the stated outcomes would need to be child-centered.  These proposals would likely  be less competitive.

The Maddox Fund will not support family emergency assistance, including programs which provide rent and utility assistance, food and clothing.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox interested in?

  • Academic support and preparation programs, including tutoring services
  • Programs that can demonstrate direct impact on academic success
  • Summer or after-school academic enrichment
  • Math and reading programs
  • Literacy programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Social-emotional learning that is not clinical counseling
  • Programs may be provided in a formal school setting or in a setting external to school.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox less interested in?

  • Programs for adults
  • Parent education programs
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact
  • GED/HiSET programs
  • Arts or music education programs
  • Programs focused on infants and toddlers
  • Pre-K programs
  • Counseling programs
  • Post-secondary studies (i.e., graduate school, professional school)
  • Independent Charter Schools without a CMO
  • Independent Charter Schools without proven academic outcomes
  •  College assistance for adults
  • Education programs that are general in nature (i.e., homebuyer’s education, health education, financial literacy, continuing education, animal population control education, arts education, etc.)
  • School volunteer programs or PTSO organizations

The Fund will not support:

  • Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
  • General scholarship programs
  • Graduate school scholarship programs
  • Infant and Toddler programs

Did you know?

Dan and Margaret graduated from high school, but college was economically out of reach for them. They understood how education creates paths to opportunity and wanted to create a way for low-income youth to realize their dreams.

Featured education partners

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$50,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Girls Inc. at the YWCA serves 360 at-risk girls through in-school programming, spring break camp, and summer camp. The key objective of Girls Inc. is to equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$15,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Harvest Hands out of school programs exist to provide access to positive mentors, homework assistance, and leadership development training for low-income urban youth in South Nashville. Annually, we serve 100 students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in after school programs (August through May) and summer programs (June through July).

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

KIPP Through College is a strategic “K-16” partnership with KIPP alumni, families, and community partners. KTC’s mission is preparing KIPPsters for success in high school and college by supporting high school graduation, preparing for college costs, building college knowledge, and supporting the college application process, career exploration and college success.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$25,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

The Youth Impact Program supports academic achievement for elementary, middle, and high school New American students throughout the school year and summer-break. With the goal of helping refugee and immigrant students graduate high school and pursue further education, the program focuses on increasing English language proficiency and advancing academic success.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$75,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

MOBC Academic Student Unions provide academic case management and college preparation services for underserved high school youth at Stratford and Maplewood High, assisting youth with life-planning, ACT preparation, and college attainment activities, helping build support networks and patterns of success. Students in college access Post-Secondary Success persistence support in college.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$40,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

BBTL equips teachers, parents and children with the skills and tools needed to foster reading readiness at home and ensure future school success.

NAZA is a system of free, high-quality afterschool/summer programs that enhance students’ social/emotional and academic growth. NAZA provides professional development, quality coaching and evaluations to network partners.