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Great Lakes Releases 2016 Philanthropy Report Highlighting $21.9 Million in Grants Awarded

New programs and research projects designed to get more at-risk students to and through college

—Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates releases its 2016 Philanthropy Report today, describing its efforts over the past year to address both student and institutional challenges that create barriers to graduation for students of color, low-income students and first-generation students.

“In 2016, we awarded over 50 grants that promote fresh—as well as proven—approaches to resolving many long-standing challenges,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. “Some are centered on students. Others address hurdles to graduation that are beyond students’ control, rooted in the practices and policies of the colleges they attend. Together we hope to produce a body of evidence-based findings we can share and build upon for the benefit of future generations.”

Great Lakes uses a distinct and purposeful funding approach designed to identify and evaluate ideas that hold the greatest promise for large-scale replication. The Report outlines many of the grants we made in 2016, as well as key findings from grants made in previous years.

To read the full 2016 Philanthropy Report, visit community.mygreatlakes.org.


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