Indianapolis—Lumina Foundation for Education awarded grants totaling more than $25 million in the third quarter of 2010. These 42 grants went to organizations in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

As listed below, Lumina’s grant making reflects the Foundation’s commitment to three primary areas:

  • Preparation- Students are prepared academically, financially and socially for success in education beyond high school;
  • Success- Higher education completion rates are improved significantly; and,
  • Productivity- Higher education productivity is increased to expand capacity and serve more students.

“In striving to reach Lumina’s Big Goal of increasing the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025, we’ve learned very quickly that Lumina is—and must be—more than just a grant-making organization,” said Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “We increasingly recognize that, as an independent foundation pursuing a vital mission, we must also be a leadership organization. That leadership role stems directly from our responsibility to fulfill our mission and achieve the Big Goal. We pursue that mission and goal through a variety of catalytic approaches; yes, we follow the traditional but extremely important approach of identifying and supporting successful practices and meaningful research. But we also engage in public policy advocacy, and we use our communications and convening power to foster partnerships and to build public will for change.”

Lumina’s third-quarter grants are listed below:

Preparation (8 Grants)

The Brookings Institute (Washington DC) $25,500 to conduct a second round of research on the impact of changes in need-based financial aid and net college prices on college-going rates of low-income youth.

The Brookings Institute (Washington DC) $252,300 to improve public-institution and state financial aid policies by making them more effective for low-income students.

Indiana Association of United Ways (Indianapolis, IN) $225,000 to integrate college access training and KnowHow2Go concepts into after school and out of school time programs.

Indiana Grantmakers Alliance (Indianapolis, IN) $100,000 to improve the impact and effectiveness of Indiana grantmaking in support of Indiana’s long-term vitality by focusing on efforts that lead to greater access to and success in postsecondary education.

National College Access Network (Washington, DC) $390,800 to provide technical assistance in network-building to nine KnowHow2GO states.

National Summer Learning Association (Baltimore, MD) $29,700 to support a pre-conference for funders and partners to support summer learning programs for students.

Southern California College Access Network (Los Angeles, CA) $224,700 to execute Phase II of the KnowHow2GO campaign in Southern California.

University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) $160,700 to develop a targeted outreach campaign to serve, engage and incorporate Haitian American communities of South Florida as an integral part of the KnowHow2GO Florida ground, media and network development campaign.

Success (22 Grants)

Achieving the Dream, Inc. (Chapel Hill, NC) $2,250,000 to support the attainment of degrees and credentials by community college students nationally through Achieving the Dream, Inc.

American Association of Community Colleges (Washington DC) $800,000 to build on community college programs with proven success to credential 40 percent of adult learners 50+ years of age to enhance their employment opportunities in high-demand fields.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Stanford, CA) $1,000,000 to support the creation, implementation and continuous improvement of two new mathematical pathways, Mathway and Statway, to address the high failure rate of developmental mathematics students, particularly in community colleges.

CEOs for Cities NFP (Chicago, IL) $420,000 to expand the reach, elevate the message and support urban leaders to move from insight to action on the Talent Dividend.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (Chicago, IL) $1,000,000 to implement a pilot for a virtual Prior Learning Assessment Center.

The Education Trust, Inc. (Washington DC) $1,787,400 to support the next phase of the Access to Success initiative and to advance the higher education advocacy of The Education Trust.

Greater Louisville Foundation (Louisville, KY) $800,000 to create a model employee degree completion delivery system in the Greater Louisville region.

Institute for Higher Education Policy (Washington DC $1,299,100 to support the expansion of Project Win-Win, helping institutions to award associate degrees to students who have earned them.

Ivy Tech Foundation (Indianapolis, IN) $784,200 to re-enroll former students who left Ivy Tech College with at least 45 credits and help them complete their associate degrees and go on to pursue baccalaureate programs at the regional campuses of Indiana University.

Jobs for the Future, Inc. (Boston, MA) $800,000 to advance a state policy framework in three states to increase adult completion rates in community college occupational/technical credential programs.

Macomb Community College (Warren, MI) $50,000 to support the Auto Communities and Community Colleges network to provide postsecondary education opportunities to displaced workers in the Midwest.

The Manufacturing Institute (Washington DC) $650,000 to support Indiana joining the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.

The Manufacturing Institute (Washington DC) $800,000 to accelerate efforts to align educational pathways with the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System in 12 states.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation (St. Paul, MN) $800,000 to strengthen the RAPID Completion Program.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (Boulder, CO) $566,900 to support the improvement of data resources for higher education stakeholders and contribute to the college completion agenda.

Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (Philadelphia, PA) $800,000 to expand the Graduate! model and replicate it in at least three more regions.

Rutgers University Foundation (New Brunswick, NJ) $799,700 to help adults with some degree credits finish their degrees online through the state workforce development system

Social Science Research Council (Brooklyn, NY) $75,000 to support enhanced communication work to highlight the issue of learning in higher education.

Southern Regional Education Board (Atlanta, GA) $800,000 to establish a regional, and then national portal to provide returning adult learners with the information, resources and services to assist in completing degrees.

Tennessee Board of Regents (Nashville, TN) $975,000 to increase completion rates for sub-baccalaureate programs in Tennessee while building enrollment and expanding the scope and scale of these programs.

University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI) $800,000 to develop a system-wide approach that expands existing Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) activities.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Charleston, WV) $798,400 to create a statewide program to increase associate and bachelor degree completion among adults with prior college credits.

Productivity (5 Grants)

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (Washington DC) $10,000 to support the 2010 Higher Education Government Relations Conference.

HCM Strategists, LLC (Washington DC) $2,829,500 to manage state contracts and coordinate technical support for Lumina’s productivity initiative.

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Washington DC) $100,000 to create and pilot a survey to measure the effect of student service expenditures on student persistence and completion.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (Boulder, CO) $55,000 to create national and state-level models that help states estimate the educational attainment consequences of various higher education cost-reduction strategies.

Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce Foundation (Austin, TX) $10,000 to support the November 30, 2010 meeting, Reforming Higher Education: A Prerequisite for Prosperity.

Additional Grants (7 Grants)

American Legislative Exchange Council (Washington DC) $295,000 to help state legislators explore policy options intended to increase student success and productivity within American higher education.

American Public Media (St. Paul, MN) $500,000 to examine critical higher education issues related to the kind of education Americans will need for the 21st Century in public radio- and Web-based documentaries and shorter newsmagazine stories and podcasts.

Business Innovation Factory (Providence, RI) $250,000 to cultivate deeper awareness of the student experience map and to conduct an active experiment that aligns learning outcomes with the actual student experience.

Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation, Inc. (Chicago, IL) $75,000 to support the 2010 meeting of the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation.

Institute for Higher Education Policy (Washington DC) $250,000 to support the planning and launch of the College Completion Coalition.

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (Washington DC) $300,000 to cover staff time for eight states to join a productivity policy academy as part of the NGA Chair’s Initiative on increasing postsecondary attainment.

National League of Cities Institute (Washington DC) $500,000 to disseminate information on how cities can advance a postsecondary success agenda, use learning strategies to connect leading-edge cities with one another and provide technical assistance.

About Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners.  Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.  Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change. For more information, logon to

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  2. T. Williams says:

    I'm a adult and a minority looking for a grant for a MBA/Ph,.D program.  If you have any info please on where to look that would be greatly appreciated.