Education Funders

On Feb. 25, 2016, SDG and Education Synergy Alliance hosted "Education Changemakers," featuring Nobel Laureate economist Dr. James Heckman and renowned venture capitalist and philanthropist Mr. J.B. Pritzker to hear their compelling case for how investing in early education could change the shape of San Diego County's economic and social future

The Education Funders is a learning community facilitated by SDG that periodically meets to learn about issues ranging from pre-K to career training and higher education.

Education Synergy Project

One major project of the Education Funders collaboration was the Education Synergy Alliance. In 2011, several members of the Education Funders committed $100,000 to support a consultant education reform expert, Laura Kohn, to lead a cross-sector examination of the potential for collective education improvement efforts in our region. This effort formalized as the Education Synergy Project (ESP) and was led by a team of representatives from education, business, law enforcement, government, and nonprofits that convened throughout 2012 and 2013.  In October 2013, the "project" launched as the Education Synergy Alliance (ESA), a nonprofit organization separate from SDG that focused on connecting career and college readiness, early education, and STEM/STEAM projects throughout San Diego County. After leading several notable projects in partnership with local schools and grantmakers, ESA dissolved in 2016.


Education Funders Members



The Education Funders have been meeting since about 2007 to focus on learning and sharing about issues related to education.


Members of this collaboration may email one another using edfunders[at]

Meetings & Materials

Education Funders members may click here to access past meeting materials. Education Funders meetings are open to all staff, donors and trustees of SDG member organizations. Upcoming meetings are listed on the SDG Event Calendar.
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November 16, 2015
Through the efforts of San Diego’s Education Synergy Alliance (ESA), a community innovation launched in 2013 by 25 local leaders convened by San Diego Grantmakers, San Diego County has been making strides in improving the excellence of public...
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Robert Foster
Director of Impact Investments
San Diego Grantmakers

Direct: 858-500-3630
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