Equitable Education

Ensuring meaningful public education for all

Meyer’s priorities around education

In a flourishing Oregon, equitable education means that all students — regardless of race, ethnicity, family income, geography, disability or language — have the opportunity to succeed in school at all levels of the education continuum. We expect that all students enter school ready to succeed, are reading at benchmark by third grade, are on track for graduation when they enter high school, and graduate high school with a plan for postsecondary and career success.

The Equitable Education portfolio prioritizes funding to organizations, institutions and networks that improve outcomes for student populations experiencing disparities in education opportunity and achievement. Our investments in the Equitable Education portfolio will reflect a mix of rural and urban grantees that offer a vision and approach to analyzing and addressing those disparities, through an equity lens, for priority populations, including:

  • Underserved communities of color

  • English Language Learners (ELL)

  • First-generation postsecondary students

  • People living in poverty

  • People with disabilities

Goals + Outcomes

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  1. Create Systems- and Policy-level impact
  2. Improve Student Achievement and College and Career Readiness


  • Activate communities: Support the capacity of culturally specific and community-based organizations to activate and mobilize communities, elevate community voice and increase community representation at decision-making tables.

  • Encourage and support collaboration: Encourage and invest in collaborations among organizations serving communities experiencing disparities.

  • Build capacity: Support organizational capacity building to increase the ability to deploy effective and innovative solutions.

  • Invest in community-driven solutions: Support community-centered opportunities and collaborations that advance equitable education for priority populations.


  • Build an education leadership pipeline reflective of students and families: Expand efforts to develop and support diversification of trained educators and leaders.

  • Systems change: Invest in planning, policy and systems change activities designed to increase access to educational opportunity by communities experiencing disparities.

  • Foster collaboration and innovation: Invest in collaboration between institutions and community-based organizations designed to increase system knowledge and understanding of community needs.

  • Advocacy: Invest in advocacy, public education and change communications to support systems-level and policy changes to advance equitable education.


  • Support achievement by investing in effective strategies: Support community organizations and education institutions committed to operationalizing equity by implementing strategies to eliminate disparities at key academic benchmarks proven to predict high school completion and postsecondary enrollment.

  • Encourage cross-sector collaboration: Support collaboration among partners, industry and employers to increase the ability of organizations and educators to prepare students for careers in STE(A)M and the trades.

  • Foster innovation: Support emerging opportunities, innovations and collaborations that advance equitable education for focus populations

Types of Grants


  • For an organization’s overall strategic goals


  • Support to strengthen an organization’s ability and infrastructure to advance its mission


  • For specific and discrete projects that are of high priority to an organization and its community or constituents