A Leader In Education For Over 150 Years

Originally founded in 1867 as the Peabody Fund, the Southern Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by partners and donors committed to advancing equitable education policies and practices that elevate learning for low-income students and students of color in the southern states. Our work is achieved through analyzing and amplifying promising ideas through research, government affairs, civic engagement and leadership development. We develop and disseminate research-based solutions for policymakers and grow the capacity of education leaders and influencers to create systemic change within K-12 and post-secondary education.

Keeping Equity In Focus During
The COVID-19 Pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic impacts all students, students from under-served communities have an even greater need for the academic, social, emotional and nutritional supports schools provide. In many situations, schools also provide a place of safety. Many school and district leaders are doing the best they can to fill the gap, but they—like all of us who are navigating this new reality—are dealing with limited and evolving information while focusing on the day-to-day needs of students and families on the ground.

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Education 2020: A Review of the Presidential Candidates' Latest Education Plans

Our Impact

Since 2017, more than 200 school districts and education equity organizations have been supported by our efforts.

Our Impact

We have contributed 50+ publications to the conversation on education equity in the last decade.

Our Impact

We have cultivated over 280 leaders poised to address equity challenges in the education system over the last decade.

Our Impact

Our Southern Policy & Practice Network comprises 35 members representing 6 southern states working collectively to advocate for equity.