Jan 182013

The Jaquelin Hume Foundation is one of the many conservative foundations operating in the United States. Some of the foundation’s work is directly related to education, and much of the foundation’s work impacts education indirectly though tax/fiscal policy and social policy.

For this post I pulled grants listed on the foundations Form 990s for the years 2001-2010. You can download an Excel spreadsheet with this information on my data page. The rest of this post uses that data to look at the various organizations receiving funds from the foundation.

The foundation essentially gives to five different kinds of organizations1:

  • Education organizations (e.g., KIPP, TFA, Alliance for School Choice)
  • Think tanks that are part of the State Policy Network, a collection of state-level free-market think tanks
  • A variety of other conservative think tanks or advocacy organizations that are not part of the State Policy Network (e.g., Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution, Independent Women’s Forum)
  • A handful of possibly education-related organizations (e.g., Atlantic Legal Foundation, Center for Union Facts)
  • Other organizations (e.g., museums; mostly California-based)

Here is a list of education organizations:

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A few notes about the above:

  • I believe CANEC was either the precursor to California Charter School Association or the Association’s previous name.
  • The Personalized Learning Foundation was a project of the Center for Education Reform
  • I’m assuming MAPSA is the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (charter schools)

And organizations that are part of the State Policy Network, a collection of state-level free-market think tanks:

Hume SPN

Other conservative think tanks:

Hume Conservative Think Tanks

Education-related organizations (that also do some non-education work):

Hume Possibly Edu-Related

And, finally, the other organizations:

Hume Other

The Hume Foundation is a well-known supporter of conservative politics, and that support is quite obviously continuing.

While the foundation supports some education organizations that are hardly conservative (e.g., Center for Teaching Quality, Editorial Projects in Education), the majority of the funding goes to conservative advocates. For instance, the Association for American Educators, Center for Education Reform, Education Next, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Education Action Group all received funding from the Hume Foundation, and all of those would certainly be considered conservative/libertarian organizations.

  1. There are certainly other ways of categorizing the foundation’s grants, but these five categories seemed most appropriate.
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