Our region is fortunate to have an incredibly generous philanthropic community. Private, family, corporate and community foundations combine to give hundreds of millions of dollars every year to support the students and families of Dallas County.

Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to know how these dollars add up. Without a “marketplace” of sorts, how do we know which education issues or areas are drawing the most attention? Or what funders will prioritize in the foreseeable future? Or, better yet, where there may be overlaps and gaps?

These have historically been pretty difficult questions to answer … until now. Inspired by the Central Texas Education Funders and in partnership with several local funders, Commit! has created the first-ever Giving Profile for Dallas County education. Using fiscal year 2011 data, information was self-reported from 34 area funders who combined to give $148 million within Dallas County, $46 million (31%) of which was targeted to impact education. More complete findings will be released later this month, but you can get a sneak peek now with this one-page summary. Check it out!

Among the key takeaways:

  • Direct giving to public school districts (apart from funding supporting nonprofits) lags behind other categories. Public schools educate 91% of all students in Dallas County.
  • Philanthropic support is strongest for K-12 education relative to other developmental stages. Early Childhood/Pre-K funding is disproportionally low.
  • STEM leads current and future funding priorities amongst respondents.
  • For the next five years, public school districts will be the top funding priority amongst respondents, double that of any other type of institution.

Questions? Feel free to reach out at info@commit2dallas.org.  Keep your eye out for the full Giving Profile later this month!