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How Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) significantly increased their grant funding with Philanthropy Expert

PE worked with the leadership at GALS to increase their grant funding from $40,000 a year to $250,000 annually through grant prospect research, writing support and management.

The Challenge

The choice to begin with an all-girls school is underscored by national, state, and local research illustrating that our society is at risk of losing a significant part of yet another generation of young women, particularly young women of color. Research confirms that single-sex schools benefit students that are the most educationally at-risk, including girls and minority students, so GALS was founded to provide a public, tuition-free, single gender, college preparatory school in Denver Public Schools.

Providing a Personalized and Holistic Education

DSST has long been one of the leading charter systems in the country and most recently received the Broad Prize for excellence in education.  Aurora Public Schools is a district of momentum and with Rico Munn at the helm, who recently was recognized as ‘Superintendent of the Year’- the two make a winning combination for the kids in north Aurora.

The Solution

When Liz Wolfson first opened GALS in Denver, she reached out to PE to engage around fundraising support including grant prospect research and writing, which allowed GALS to significantly increase their grant funding. Now in their 9th academic school year, GALS Denver is thriving in DPS.

Grants Applied for and Received (in the 2016-2017 academic schoolyear):

Anschutz Foundation: Applied for $225,000 over three years; Received $150,000 over three years

Daniels Fund: Applied for $100,000; Received $100,000

Gates Foundation: Applied for $50,000; Received $50,000

Connie Burwell and William White Foundation: Applied for $15,000; Received $10,000

US Lacrosse: Applied for $5,000; Received $2,000


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