Washington, DC, March 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is thrilled to announce that it has received $6 million in unrestricted funding from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, as part of a larger donation totaling $3 billion through 465 nonprofits working for various causes for the greater good and social justice.
IEL will use these funds to build capacity and operations to continue its 58-year history of working to increase equity through our disability inclusion and advocacy work, community schools strategy and development leadership. These funds will enable the organization to further expand its collaboration with communities, including youth with disabilities, immigrant and refugee youth, families, and more.
In his last Average position, MacKenzie Scott said her donations are aimed at meeting the needs of underrepresented people from groups of all kinds. She says, “The cause of equity has no side. Nor can it have a unique solution.
MacKenzie’s statement fully aligns with IEL’s mission and values, and her donation comes after IEL shared how they are helping change lives in communities across the country through their work in schools, school districts, community groups and organizations we partner with. IEL also helps support leaders, from Capitol Hill to pre-K classrooms, and principals to grandparents, which this donation says is essential for holistic community care.
“As the largest private donation in the history of our organization, IEL is truly honored to receive this generous donation. This funding will not only serve as a catalyst to expand our regional and national approach to supporting communities, but will also enable IEL to better equip leaders as they build systems that promote racial inclusion, disability inclusion and economic equity,” said IEL President Eddie Koen.
In response to the donation, IEL Board Chair Karen Mapp also added that “this funding creates a critical opportunity to increase IEL’s overall impact. As Chair of the Board of Directors, we thank MacKenzie Scott for her commitment to advancing equity by funding organizations that do important service work on the ground with communities that need it most. This donation is a true testament to the collective work of all those involved in the work of IEL.
To learn more about IEL’s work, visit https://iel.org.
Jen Peters Institute for Educational Leadership firstname.lastname@example.org