Based in Los Angeles, ECMC Foundation's mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. The Foundation makes investments in three focus areas: Teacher and Leader Development, College Success, and Career Readiness. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis.

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We endeavor to make long-term investments—either alone or by leveraging the work of other philanthropic, governmental and business partners—that improve academic achievement among underserved students as they prepare themselves for higher education and careers.

We are willing to be entrepreneurial and to take risk with a preponderance of our grantmaking dollars, understanding that failure is a natural part of generating discoveries; we will support innovation and a willingness to experiment with a bias toward ideas that can be scaled to benefit large numbers of students.

We will require evaluation and measurement in all that we do, and recognize our obligation to share the results of our work to help educate and improve the field, free of charge and available to all.

We support important research and reforms that help people prepare for college and careers.