Graduation Matters Montana is the latest feature of Washington Monthly magazine’s “Successes of Philanthropy” series.
“Boosting High School Graduation Rates,” by Mike Halligan, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Executive Director, chronicles the statewide success of the Graduation Matters Montana initiative in raising the graduation rate, preventing dropouts, and encouraging post-secondary education and training.
Under Graduation Matters Montana, on-time graduation is at its highest level in Montana since tracking began in 2000, and the yearly dropout rate has been cut by more than a third. Montana will see a $6 million annual boost to the state’s economy, according to estimates by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Graduation Matters grew out of the local Graduation Matters Missoula program in Missoula County Public Schools. Graduation Matters produced dramatic results at the local level from its inception in 2007 to 2009 and convinced the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Foundation that the model could be scaled up statewide.
The “Successes of Philanthropy” series highlights stories about successful philanthropic investments and innovations, as told by the foundations and nonprofits themselves. It features an array of stories from private foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, and individual philanthropists.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is the major philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies and the Washington family. Funding for the Foundation comes primarily from personal contributions from the Washington Family and annual contributions from the Montana-based Washington Companies. Since its inception, Foundation giving and the Washington Family’s personal contributions and pledges to charitable causes total more than $204 million.
Boosting High School Graduation Rates – http://philanthropy.washingtonmonthly.com/portfolio_page/boosting-high-school-graduation-rates/