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Media Partnerships

Our philanthropy amplifies important information across the nation, helping good ideas become systemic change for learners from low-income backgrounds.

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High-quality reporting and storytelling are vital for investigating, proposing, and disseminating systemic solutions to challenges faced by learners from low-income backgrounds. When media highlight problems alongside evidence-based solutions, successful practices have the potential to scale up. Media amplification can also encourage individual policymakers, communities, and government agencies to address critical issues in improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes. By framing and amplifying the issues critical to improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes, media partners get important information in front of those who can advocate for and make real, systemic change.

12 total media partners since 2020 and $4,821,034 total invested since 2020.

Learn more about how our media partnerships support learners from low-income backgrounds.

Supporting the Future U. Podcast 7th Season

Academic Intelligence|$60,000|8/2023 - 7/2024
This grant supports Academic Intelligence in producing the Future U. podcast series, which features interviews with national thought leaders and innovators working to improve student success in postsecondary education. Future U. will produce four episodes that specifically explore issues related to and insights generated from Ascendium’s grantmaking.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

Achieving the Dream Inc|$2,091,920|7/2020 - 6/2024
This grant supports Achieving the Dream and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Student Parent Film Series

Three Frame Media|$100,000|6/2023 - 6/2024
This grant supports Three Frame Media in producing a short film as part of a series focused on the experiences of student parents in postsecondary education. The series will unpack the challenges faced by student parents, who are also often low-income and students of color, and highlight programs and policies that support their success.

Expanding Coverage of Postsecondary Success and Workforce Training in Rural America

Institute for Nonprofit News|$75,000|6/2023 - 5/2024
This grant supports the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Rural News Network in collaborating with five rural newsrooms to develop greater coverage of postsecondary education and workforce training issues in rural communities and highlight the experiences of rural learners.

Assessing the Pandemic's Impact on Postsecondary Education in Prison

The RAND Corporation|$303,592|12/2020 - 3/2024
This grant supports The RAND Corporation in assessing the near- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on postsecondary education in prison. Promising practices and responses to the pandemic that are being employed by corrections departments, colleges and universities, and postsecondary practitioners will be identified and disseminated to the field and key stakeholders.

Women Of Color Leadership Summit

EquityWorksNW|$27,500|4/2023 - 3/2024
This grant supports EquityWorksNW in convening a leadership summit for women of color in postsecondary education with the goal of supporting those leaders in designing and implementing institutional practices and policies that promote equitable student success.
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