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Philanthropic Support for Public Education in the Southwest Region

Credits and Acknowledgements

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This Study was conducted by Laurie Born and Dave Wilson of SEDL's Office of Institutional Development.


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This study was conducted by SEDL's Office of Institutional Development with funding from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, to support planning for SEDL's Regional Educational Laboratory contract. The content of this publication is the responsibility of SEDL and does not necessarily reflect the views of OERI, the Department, or any other agency of the U.S. Government. We would like particularly to thank Jessica J. Summers and Rebecca C. Yerly, who served as data-gathering consultants to the project and without whom this report would not have been possible. We are grateful also for the assistance of staff from the state education agencies who provided statistical data and responded so graciously to our questions. These include:

  • Arkansas Department of Education: Yvonne Williams, Local Finance Department, Dr. Woodrow E. Cummins, Jr., Deputy Director
  • Louisiana State Department of Education: Neerja Tayal Charlotte Stevens, MFP Administration, Division of Education Finance, and Judy Hurry, Audit Manager, Division of Education Finance
  • New Mexico Department of Education: Brenda L. Suazo-Giles, Executive Budget Analyst Senior, School Finance Analysis & Capital Outlay Unit
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education: Patti High, Information Services Director, and Lu Norman, Information Services
  • Texas Education Agency: Tom Candy, Auditor, Trish Smith, Systems Analyst III, PEIMS Ad Hoc Reporting, and Darlene Gouge, Manager, PEIMS Ad Hoc Reporting

Telephone interviews provided rich anecdotal information and clarified issues raised by the raw data, and we wish to thank the following for their participation:


  • Patricia M. LaCour, Grant Administrator, Rapides Foundation, and Dr. Kenneth J. Tewel, Consultant to the Rapides Foundation Education Initiative.
  • Susan Paddack, Director of Local Education Foundation Outreach, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
  • Steven A. Lawrence, Director of Research, The Foundation Center
  • Joe Nix, Manager, Grants, The Ross Foundation
  • Susan Adair, Eanes ISD Education Foundation
  • Dr. Sybl Hampton, President, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Cookie Mays, Spring Branch ISD Education Foundation

Public school districts:

  • Louisiana - Acadia Parish, Bossier Parish, Caddo Parish, Calcasieu Parish, E. Baton Rouge Parish, Jefferson Parish
  • New Mexico - Alamagordo, Albuquerque, Bernallio, Cuba, Hobbs, Jemez Valley, Santa Fe
  • Oklahoma - Anadarko, Bartlesville, Beaver, Collinsville, Dickson, Elk City, Lawton, Madill, Marietta, McAlester, Oklahoma City, Perry, Putnam, Tulsa, Yukon
  • Texas - Aldine, Arlington, Austin, Birdville, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Cypress-Fairbanks, Dallas, Eanes, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Industrial, Laredo, Masonic Home, Plano, San Antonio, Spring Branch, Tyler, Waco,

And finally, we would like to acknowledge the following Web sites as being particularly useful: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rapides Foundation, The Foundation Center, Guidestar, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Compact Six - the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, Baptist Community Ministries, the Public Education Network, the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, Advocates for Mathematics & Science Education, Inc., Greater New Orleans Education Foundation, Phillips Corp., the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory Foundation, Houston Endowment, Inc., the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, RGK Foundation, Brown Foundation, Intel, 3Com, Walton Family Foundation, Southwestern Bell Corporation, Bell South Foundation, the Philanthropy News Network, Education Week, Cisco Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, the Houston Annenberg Challenge, Comptroller's Office, the State of Texas.

The Panel

On December 6, 2000, SEDL convened the following panel to critique and expand on the data and observations in a draft of this report. We wish to thank these participants for their time and thoughtful contributions.

  • Lucy Bernholz, President and Founder
    Blueprint Research & Design, Inc., Oakland, California
  • Ada Cooper, Director, Grant Development
    Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Lucille DiDomenico, Executive Director
    Conference of Southwest Foundations, Dallas, Texas
  • Jo Anne Fredrikson, Grant Writer
    Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
  • Gary Frye, Grant Writer/Dyslexia Coordinator
    Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District, Lubbock, Texas
  • Joe F. Nix, Director of Programs
    The Ross Foundation, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Howie Schaffer, Managing Editor
    Public Education Network, Washington, D.C.
  • Emily Stratton, Executive Director
    Oklahoma Education Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Lila Phillips, Executive Director
    El Dorado Education Foundation, El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Robert Ricci, Grants Consultant
    Santa Fe, New Mexico


This publication was produced with funds from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, under contract #RJ96006801. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of OERI, the Department of Education, any other agency of the U.S. Government or any other source.
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