This article originally appeared in Philanthropy Daily on July 9, 2019.

In the first part of this series, I looked at the ideas of American Enterprise Institute fellows Frederick Hess and Brendan Bell, on how philanthropists interested in education can be more effective. Hess and Bell generally touched on what today’s donors are interested in funding.

In this piece for the Fordham Institute, Grantmakers for Education executive director Celine Coggins looks at what donors are funding. Coggins’ article summarizes an annual report her organization produces on what education funders are interested in (or, to use a piece of jargon they shouldn’t have used, what education funders are “benchmarking”).

When I read the report, I found several points that were new to me. One of them is that education funders are

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