Established in 1959, the Educational Foundation of America has been working toward improving aspects of education throughout the Unites States. Foundations like the EFA are all labors of love, because their goal is not to bring in money, like a capitalist system, but instead are dedicated to the improvement of the education in the United States. As the media likes to continually show us, America’s education system is getting behind the rest of the world, putting our reputation as a first world country and the greatest country in the world, at stake.
Here are a few facts about the Educational Foundation of America to help you better understand what is so great about them.
- There are three major grant focuses of the EFA. Their areas include the arts, the environment, and reproductive health and justice. The EFA has met controversy in the past because of its encouragement of healthy sexual education for children as well as keeping abortion and reproductive rights available to those who need them.
- The foundations will not accept any unsolicited letters of inquiry or any unsolicited proposals. What this means is that a single person cannot just write to the EFA and expect that they will gain a profit from it. You have to go through the proper channels and systems in order to request money from the EFA.
- The foundation was created by husband and wife team Richard Prentice Ettinger and Elise P. Ettinger. Mr. Ettinger became a professor at New York University when he was 18, since he already had obtained his law degree, but was too young to take the New York bar exam. It was during his time as professor that he realized the lack of teaching materials that were accessible and adequate, resulting in his creation of an educational publishing house as well as writing a textbook on creditors’ rights.
- Even after Mr. Ettinger passed away in 1996, his family kept the initial vision of the school alive and going, promoting more effective teaching methods got higher education. The original idea of supplying educators with the tools that they need in order to effectively educate their students still exists today, but has been expanded to include other important educational areas as well.
- Their passion for reproductive rights was started by Mrs. Elaine P. Hapgood after she attended an International Planned Parenthood Foundation Conference. There, she learned about the population concerns that face many other places in the world. It was after this that Mrs. Hapgood dedicated her life to providing reproductive health services to both men and women without discrimination.
- The EFA is part of the Divest-Invest Initiative. The Divest-Invest Initiative is a group of foundations that made a pledge to divest their endowments from fossil fuels. The environment was another passion of Mrs. Hapgood’s and, following in her footsteps, the EFA has remained dedicated to any steps that they can take to help improve the environment as well as the education on how to improve the environment.
- The EFA is focused in not supporting companies that contribute to anything that the EFA is trying to get rid of. This means that they will continue in their pledge to protect the environment while supporting the arts as well as ensuring that youth have safe access to reproductive health services, as they should be. It is tricky to keep track of all of the secret lobbyists who may be supporting something you do not agree with on the side, so this means that perhaps it takes a great while for them to approve grant funding of anything since they have be careful about what they are supporting.