The Nonprofit State of Affairs in Education
Dear Fellow Educators and Education Advocates,
As of 2012, the nonprofit sector is the third largest industry in the United States, surpassed only by retail and wholesale trades. More than 1.5 million nonprofits generate over $1 trillion dollars in annual revenue. By 2050, experts predict that nonprofit revenues will exceed $43 trillion.
New technologies and modalities of communication have resulted in a heightened awareness of both national and international problems. These issues need to be solved by organizations dedicated to research, development, implementation, and follow-through. Research of the six “most successful” nonprofits in the U.S. go beyond expressing their values and delivering a pitch; instead, they provide stakeholders and outsiders a chance to experience, and participate in, what they do.
Education and the Nonprofit Sector
There are a myriad of nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of education. These include iNACOL, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AdvancED, etc. These groups focus on individualized missions that seek to explore specific arenas of education.
What does not currently exist in the educational landscape is one foundation that is an all-encompassing consortium of players in the space of digital education. A foundation that serves the purpose of advancing the field together, using previous experiences, best practices, and a common goal of giving back to schools, students, and communities at large.
The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning was created to fill that significant gap.
Amy Valentine, MA