Jason Cascarino from CPEF (aka "The Fund") writes in the School Improvement Industry Weekly that local funds (that would be Chicago Community Trust here, and local education funds in other cities) need to band together and adopt a more entrepreneurial approach like CPEF.
I like many of the folks at CPEF, but I've never seen exactly how they're all that different from other funders. They give money to fairly established entities -- CPEF's big thing is national board certification, which some people love and others think is lame. They're full of smart people. They don't give any money to me. But I'm often wrong, as you know. Can anyone who's dealt with them say that they're any different or better than other local funders?
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