In 2012, Public Education Network (PEN) closed its doors after 21 years. PEN was a network of local education funds (LEFs) -- community based organizations in high poverty school districts across the United States -- that continue to work with their school districts and communities to improve public education for the nation's most disadvantaged children.

At the national level, PEN raised the importance of public engagement as an essential component of education reform. It brought the voice of LEFs and the communities they represent into the national education debate. Finally, PEN gave voice to the essential nature of the connection between quality public education and a healthy and thriving democracy.

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Who Helps Public Schools? Public Education Support Organizations in 2010

June 3, 2010

There were more than 19,000 nonprofit organizations devoted to supporting public education in the United States in 2007. These organizations include booster clubs, parent-teacher groups, public education funds, scholarship funds, high school alumni associations, and others. While most of these organizations are small, together they spent roughly $4.3 billion in support of public education in 2007.This report assesses the current status of education support organizations in the United States; provides details on the activities, capacities, and resources of public education funds; and compares Public Education Network (PEN) member organizations with other types of education funds. On the basis of a survey of public education funds and an analysis of the latest data available from the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the report identifies key similarities and differences among the groups.Public education funds are dedicated to assisting public schools and school districts by raising money to support programs for teacher training and support, after-school programs, and school supplies and by promoting community support for public schools. The project was commissioned by PEN in Washington, D.C.

Public Education Network - Strategic Plan 2010-2013

October 27, 2009

Includes planned programming, data and charts, list of local education funds (LEFs) in the Network, and more.

Public Education Network 2007 Annual Report

May 1, 2008

Describes PEN's 2007 activities and plans for 2008 (which marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the first LEFs).

Public Education Network 2006 Year End Report

May 4, 2007

Provides a financial statement, donor list, and an update on PEN's programmatic work.

Public Education Network 2005 Annual Report - Public Responsibility for Public Education

May 3, 2006

Provides a financial statement, donor list, and an update on PEN's programmatic work.

Public Education Network 2004 Annual Report - Changing the National Discourse: Public Involvement. Public Education. Public Benefit.

February 9, 2005

Provides a financial statement, donor list, and an update on PEN's programmatic work.

Public Education Network 2004 Annual Member Survey

November 17, 2004

Each year for the past nine years, PEN has undertaken a survey of its members to chart organizational and programmatic characteristics of LEFs. In addition to providing valuable information about individual LEFs, each year's survey results provide a snapshot of members' collective work and impact. These data are used by LEF directors to inform their conversations with funders, formulate communications strategies, and support organizational decision-making. The data also provide baseline and benchmark data for deeper research on the work and impact of LEFs. Based on recommendations from the membership, we have expanded the focus of the 2004 survey to include deeper information on LEF programs and initiatives, their context, and impact. In response to leadership and organizational development goals identified by the membership, we have paid special attention to board demographics and development activities, and professional staffing patterns and salary levels.

Public Education Network 2003 Year in Review

May 1, 2004

Provides a financial statement, donor list, and an update on PEN's programmatic work.

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