Annual Report 2019: Shining a Light on High-Needs Education

Since we began compiling our Annual Report in late 2019, the entire world has changed. As schools transition to distance learning, our nation’s teachers are being asked to do more than ever before. High-needs schools are facing overwhelming challenges to help their students access education from home. Much remains uncertain for the education of our nation’s children.

While we are hard at work helping teachers and schools across the country adjust to teaching in the time of COVID-19, we still wanted to take a moment to look back and to celebrate some of the successes in 2019. Here are a few highlights from this year’s Annual Report:

  • [Page 2] – We increased our support for high-needs schools and classrooms to further our mission of advancing equity in education.
  • [Page 4] – We adopted 9,268 classrooms and schools in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Our vendors shipped out 56,338 orders.
  • [Page 10] – We expanded our Spotlight Fund Grant program to give teachers in high-needs schools additional access to grant funding because we recognize that crowdfunding doesn’t work well for teachers in high-poverty communities. You can read how this support enhanced a program for young artists in New York, NY.
  • [Page 9] We launched our new School Program to give principals access to fundraising tools we have long-offered to teachers. Now we can easily support school-wide projects, like transformational teacher training for schools in St. Paul, MN.

From educators to donors, thank you to everyone in our community who continues to support students with us. While we do not know what lies ahead in 2020 and beyond, your support makes it possible for us to respond to the education needs of those who need it most.


Ann Pifer, Executive Director