The Role of Federal Policy

Promoting nonpartisan federal policy options that support individuals and strengthen society

Congress and executive branch agencies should encourage colleges, universities, and other education providers to affordably meet the needs of today's students by counting more learning toward a wider array of post-high school credentials, including degrees, certificates, and certifications.

Policy Priorities

Any effort to make meaningful social change is notoriously difficult and inherently risky—and some aspects are too risky for anyone but foundations. Unlike government officials, foundation leaders don’t face re-election. Unlike traditional business entities, foundations aren’t beholden to stockholders. The only bottom line we have is to ensure social progress—a daunting charge that requires strong leadership.

This sometimes means taking on policy discussions at the state and federal levels, stepping into the public square and advocating strongly for public policies that will benefit society. Lumina Foundation believes in being a strong policy advocate, because advocacy is our obligation as an agent of the public trust.

As a private foundation, Lumina does not support or oppose any legislation. Lumina  provides educational information, nonpartisan research and analysis to advance Goal 2025.