Who We Are
The Resource Equity Funders Collaborative (REFC) is a partnership of education funders committed to equity in PK-12 education.
Education resource inequity is a complex problem that will require collaboration to make progress.
Equity-Centered Systems Change
Bias to Action and Continuous Learning
Contribute to a Healthy Field
REFC Funders Include
The Root of the Problem
The U.S. education system promises opportunity while denying students of the tools they need to succeed. These disparities can be traced to inequitable distribution of education resources. For example, $23 billion more in public dollars is spent on majority white public schools than public schools with majority students of color.
Today’s education inequities run deep, but opportunity for systemwide improvement and transformation exists. We believe that equitable education begins with equitable school funding. Our funder strategy, co-developed with field organizations, is to support state and national efforts to drive equitable school funding.
Lasting Systemic Transformation
Advance PK-12 resource equity in multiple states over the next decade to demonstrate best practices and policies to improve the adequacy and equitable allocation of funding and resources.
Engage funding partners to make substantial long-term financial commitments to advance the structural change necessary to achieve resource equity.
Drive a national shift toward equitably resourcing PK-12 education systems.
Promote connectivity and collaboration within the PK-12 resource equity field to elevate learnings and maximize impact.
REFC’s grantmaking strategy creates momentum at all levels of the education system.
To meet emergent needs and build towards lasting change, we provide short-term and long-term grants to support coalitions that bridge advocacy, legal strategy, and community organizing. We also support a state coalition community of practice to facilitate shared learning.
To support policymakers, state-level efforts, and advocates nationwide, we invest in national organizations to provide technical assistance and to create relevant research, analysis, and tools related to education funding and resource allocation. We also facilitate collaboration so leaders at every level in the resource equity field can move together more powerfully.
Federal Advocacy & Policy Development
To advance federal-level efforts, we invest in national organizations to provide technical assistance and to create relevant research, analysis, and tools related to federal education funding and resource allocation for policymakers and advocates nationwide.