1. IMPACT: Are there measurable results? Is the IMPACT diverse and deep?
  2. PROGRAM: Is the program inclusive, effective, and focused.
  3. LEADERSHIP: Can the leader articulate the need and impact of the effort? Is the leader a model of integrity and commitment?
  4. SUPPORT: Is there third-party research, votes, and testimonial support for the effort from a variety of sources (including students)?



Charter Schools who excel in giving students the tools they need to create their own futures are candidates for this grant. Not only the “book learning” knowledge and academics, but also the necessary executive functioning and practical skills that will be most helpful for them to succeed.

The ideal Student Empowerment IMPACT school will be dedicated to fostering each student’s path to success and have a host of student-provided success stories to share.


Model Schools…

  • Value students are upheld as important contributors to the school culture, local community, and nation
  • Promote the uniqueness of each student
  • Foster a climate of student achievement for all students
  • Demonstrate a high-level of academic success is and a clear pattern of student academic growth
  • Provide a variety of direct testimonials from students, statistical metrics of achievement, and detailed examples of individual student empowerment
  • Give students a voice in their educational path, personal growth and the future of the school
  • Create opportunities for students to lead and engage in meaningful participation in the school and community



The ideal leader is a model of integrity, is generous with nurturing and developing other leaders, and who understands that great education is truly measured in the success and happiness of each student.


Community Engagement Grants

One $20,000 grant & Two $10,000 grants

Charter schools that engage local communities in partnership and shared purpose to make their corner of the world a better place are ideal candidates.

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Student Empowerment Grants

One $20,000 grant & Two $10,000 grants

Charter schools that empower students to be creators of their own futures by providing effective support and programs for each individual student are candidates.

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Educational Innovation Grants

One $20,000 grant & Two $10,000 grants

Charter schools that play outside "the box" and take risks to best prepare the students of today for the world of tomorrow.


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IMPACT AWARD for Individual Charter School Volunteers

Shellie-Ann Braswell “Shine Brighter” Award

Two $5,000 Grants named in honor of a dedicated volunteer leader who led with love and made everything around her shine brighter. This award recognizes two charter school volunteers who embody the spirit and is making memories for charter school families to cherish.

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“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

~ Dalai Lama