Kern Family Foundation: Grants for STEM K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Kern Family Foundation's initiatives are quality education, good character, entrepreneurial spirit and meaningful work. Its education funding prioritizes STEM disciplines and charter school networks.

IP TAKE: The Kern Family Foundation's invests in K-12 education through its quality education and good character initiatives. Its priorities include STEM education and charter school networks. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

PROFILE: The Kern Family Foundation was established in the 1998 by Robert and Patricia Kern, the founders of Generac Power Systems, a manufacturer of engine-driven power generators. Through their foundation, the Kerns aim to "ensure that the rising generation has access to the opportunities that made their success possible." Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the foundation's initiatives are good character, quality education, entrepreneurial mindset and meaningful work.

This Kern Family Foundation supports K-12 education mainly through its quality education initiative, which prioritizes STEM education as preparation for "the increasingly competitive and technology-driven global job market." To this end, it supports America Achieves, an organization which brings technology-based vocational training and apprenticeships to high schools, and Project Lead the Way, which creates and implements hands-on STEM curricula and related teacher development for grades K-12. The Kern Foundation also invests significantly in charter schools through both its quality education and good character initiatives. The Charter School Growth Fund and New York's Success Academies are recipients of the quality education program, while Colorado's DSST Public Schools and Open Sky Education, an organization that manages charter schools, private Christian schools and other character education programs, have received funding from the good character program. 

The Kern Family Foundation invests mainly in long-term, broad-impact projects, and most of its grantees are large organizations that align closely with its initiatives.

This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals. General inquiries may be made via the foundation's contact page.


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