Research Reveals Strong Bay Area Nonprofits working in Education and Arts and Culture

“Education is a precondition to survival in America today.” Marian Wright Edelman

“Education is a precondition to survival in America today.” Marian Wright Edelman

Recently, Philanthropedia conducted research to identify the San Francisco Bay Area’s most effective nonprofits in both the education and arts and culture sectors. See which nonprofits we are making a difference in the Bay Area!

Arts & Culture

The San Francisco Bay Area has a thriving arts and culture community which is dear to residents and visitors alike. There is a diverse array of nonprofits working to preserve traditional art forms, support artist, increase access, and more.

Philanthropedia surveyed a pool of 87 experts Bay Area arts and culture experts. These experts (with an average of 22 years of experience in the field) were asked to identify nonprofits having the greatest impact on local arts and culture.

Philanthropedia’s participating experts (artists, funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, consultants, etc.) identified 21 top nonprofits (out of 126 total reviewed nonprofits).

Experts were asked to recommend up to four nonprofits and up to two promising start-up nonprofits having a significant impact in the field of Bay Area arts and culture. Areas of focus could include developing or producing new work, supporting artists directly, exhibition and performance, increasing arts and culture access, and preserving and promoting traditional culture. Organizations ranged across various types of nonprofits including traditional arts and culture organizations, funders, educators, and policy and advocacy organizations.

The following is the list of the expert-identified top nonprofits working in the field of Bay Area arts and culture. Click the link to visit each organization’s profile and read expert reviews. Experts have commented on each nonprofit’s impact, other organizational strengths, and how each organization could further improve.

Rankings  Top Nonprofits: Bay Area Arts and Culture 2012
1 Intersection for the Arts
2 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
3 Berkeley Repertory Theatre
4 Oakland Museum of California
5 Theatre Bay Area
6 Youth Speaks
7 San Francisco Symphony
8 Southern Exposure
9 CounterPULSE
10 SFJAZZ
11 Axis Dance Company (AXIS)
12 San Jose Museum of Art
13 Dancers’ Group
14 Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino   Americana de San Jose (MACLA)
15 TheatreWorks
16 Z Space Studio (Z Space)
17 Queer Cultural Center
18 Zero1 – The Art and Technology Network
19 Community Music Center (CMC)
20 San Francisco Performances
21 Root Division

Education

Philanthropedia also took a close look at youth education in the Bay Area.  Across the nation nonprofits are working to improve learning and instruction and the Bay Area is no exception. Philanthropedia’s research examines education nonprofits effecting students grades PreK-12 in a variety of ways.

Ninety Nine experts on Bay Area education were surveyed for this research. Collectively they identified 17 top nonprofits (out of a total of 162 total reviewed). These field experts (educators, funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, consultants, etc.) have an average of 19 years of experience between them)

Experts were asked to consider nonprofits serving pre-k – high school student working in a variety of capacities in the sector. These include after-school programming, child development, college preparation, curriculum development, data collection, literacy, low-performing schools, parental involvement, school readiness, school reform, standards, summer programming, the achievement gap and more. Organizations recommended could approach the issue through direct service, advocacy, research, and school instruction.

The following is the list of the nonprofits experts saw the best at meeting their missions. Click the link to visit each organization’s profile and read expert reviews. Experts have commented on each nonprofit’s impact, other organizational strengths, and how each organization could further improve.

Rankings   Top Nonprofits: Bay Area Education 2012
1 New Teacher Center
2 Aspire Public Schools
3 College Track
4 Education Pioneers
5 Rocketship Education
6 Partners in School Innovation
7 Children Now
7 Lighthouse Community Charter School
8 First Graduate
9 KIPP Bay Area Schools
10 Downtown College Prep
11 Silicon Valley Education Foundation
12 Aim High
12 Juma Ventures
13 Summer Search
14 BUILD
15 Beyond 12

We also invite your feedback. What do you think? What experiences have you had with these great organizations? Please leave us a comment below.

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