We are grateful to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for funding our mission to build and support communities of empowered educators.
The Edcamp Foundation was founded in 2013 and established an office in 2014 to create a central hub and organizational platform for this grassroots movement of independently-organized Edcamps. Funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2015 enabled us to build internal capacity and increase the reach of our programs. We have grown from a staff of one to a team of five full-time employees. We have created a scalable model by establishing best practices for our volunteers, automating our internal workflows, and investing in new tools for tracking, supporting, and promoting Edcamps. We have built a support system for our community and expanded the movement into new areas. We provide resources to organizers and participants around the country (including our signature Edcamp-in-a-Box resource kit and our Impact Grants program); establish best practices to ensure the quality and impact of events; strengthen the community of participating teachers beyond events; and work strategically to bring Edcamps to teachers who could benefit most through programs like our District Initiative.
As the movement continues to grow, we struggle to meet the exanding needs of the community. We are at a critical moment in our development; we need additional funding.
If you support the movement and want the Edcamp Foundation to continue to provide resources to educators, you can help by doing the following: