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PROVIDENCE – Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) announced today a $50,000 grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited-lifefoundation, to support the evolution of the Urban Philanthropists Network (UPN), a new, AISR-generated initiative.

821 The UPN is comprised by well known foundation, entertainment, sports, education and investment organizations already engaged in preparing disadvantaged students to enter and succeed in college in their respective local communities.  The network’s purpose is to unite emerging philanthropists around a set of education principles that could inform policy and practice, and leverage their impact nationwide. 

“We are very gratified that The Atlantic Philanthropies foundation has recognized the potential of this new, philanthropic category,” said Warren Simmons, executive director of AISR, the network’s unifying force.  “A joint effort among these allies could be a crucial catalyst for more community- and equity-centered approach to education reform and investment.” 

AISR will convene a series of meetings to advance and inform the network’s education reform efforts.  Organizations represented at the initial convening included Black Entertainment Television (BET), Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Guggenheim Partners, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Tiger Woods Foundation, and others. 

“We’re confident that by bringing the network’s cultural and political capital to the dialogue, the understanding of how to overcome the significant, systemic barriers to change will become more clear, and those solutions can be taken to scale,” added Simmons. 

It’s anticipated that New York City and Los Angeles would serve as prime sites for fostering collaboration in this sector, Simmons noted.

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About The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic is a limited life foundation that will complete grant making in 2016.