We Invest in Education

Drawing on our unique family history, the Gamba family credits education as the catalyst to positive life outcomes. We’re obsessed with closing gaps in achievement and opportunity. We fund nonprofit programs and schools in socio-economically challenged, urban areas, and provide scholarships for qualified need-based students.

With additional investments in post-secondary programs that embrace the principles of open discussion, divergent viewpoints, and constructive debate, we further intellectual diversity.

Established

2006

We Seek Proven Outcomes

Insisting on accountability and documented evidence of successful student-centered approaches, we envision a world of empowered students who will lead rewarding and productive adult lives.

We Optimize Private Funding

At our core, as a family-run foundation we believe our due diligence with private resources is essential to help organizations with successful track records. We fund groups thoughtfully managed by growth-mindset leaders who put children first. We assess the ability to tackle inequity. We evaluate the capacity for scalable and sustainable solutions.

We Meticulously Review Our Grant Recipients
  • Priority on whole-child well-being
  • Decisions based on best practices
  • Evidence of narrowing gaps in acheivement and opportunity
  • Driven to deliver career and/or college readiness
  • Total accountability for measurable results

Impacting the World of Education…One Student at a Time

Before and since its inception, John and Mary Anne Gamba and the Gamba Family Foundation have awarded meaningful resources to support a variety of approaches including tuition assistance for students, teacher training pipelines, high-impact tutoring, school transformation strategies, technology enhancements, scholar athlete programs, and education programs developed for PreK-12, undergraduate and postgraduate schools.


OUR GRANTEES

We Believe in Philanthropy as a Family Priority

We formed our Foundation with a mission to make a difference in education and share a spirit of giving back as a family.

🧵 We tend to want fast, easy fixes in education

- Kids can't read?
DEAR, SSR, whatever-we-call-silent-reading-time

- Whole language?
Add a phonics patch!

- Teaching phonics without phonemic awareness?
Add in Heggerty!

And then we're surprised scores are stagnant. But...

Appreciate @onwurd radio featuring the work of @TempleUniv Education Scholars program’s dual enrollment for Philly HS Srs to earn college credit while preparing to become educators…TY also for highlighting @Selmekki’s @CenterBlackEd

.@EmpowerK12 has announced their 2023 DC #BoldPerformanceSchools that support priority students — students from economically disadvantaged homes, students with disabilities, and students of color — to reach academic success! #DCCharterProud

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A Cross Section of Our Work

BlogEducationU. Penn
July 22, 2023

The Gamba Family Red and Blue Exchange (RBX) at U Penn

As an extension of our commitment to improve education and increase the opportunity for marginalized students to change the trajectory of their lives, starting in 2020 we began underwriting a…
BlogEducationEducation Design
June 21, 2023

Engagement, Efficacy, Ease-of-Use. Three E’s for Social-Emotional Learning

As the Entrepreneur In Residence at U Penn’s Graduate School of Education, John Gamba Jr. wrote an article about  building a strong classroom foundation focused on a child’s well-being, before…
BlogEducation
May 20, 2023

Learning How To Read Well

In recent months we’ve listened to American Public Media’s Sold A Story podcast about how children learn to read. We’re struck by its ability to translate a complex topic into…