Giving Compass' Take:

• Since January of 2016, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has donated $308 million in grants for education innovation. Here, Chalkbeat explains where this money went, how it is being used, and the impact it has had in personalized learning.

• How is personalized learning boosting student achievement and opportunity in general? Could these grants be a game-changer in the field?

Learn how the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is spreading access to personalized learning programs in the Chicago area.


In late 2015, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan promised to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to their philanthropy, which would focus part of its work on improving American education.

In the three years since, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has given away millions to groups working to “personalize” learning, reshape teacher training, and diversify the ranks of education leaders. But the full scope of that giving hasn’t been clear.

Now, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is putting a number on it: The organization has given $308 million in education grants since January 2016, when CZI took its current form. After inquiries from Chalkbeat, the organization provided that total, which has not been previously disclosed, as well as details of 19 specific grants.

The numbers offer new perspective on a philanthropy that has quickly become one of the biggest in U.S. education, thrusting itself into the ongoing debate over the appropriate role for private dollars in education policy. They also offer hints about how broadly CZI may try to extend its philanthropy in the years to come, as Zuckerberg’s billions position the organization to become even more influential. The Facebook founder, whose net worth is currently estimated at over $60 billion, is poised to transferup to $13 billion to CZI by early 2019.

Read the full article about Chan Zuckerberg’s push to reshape schools by Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat.