Foundation News | Apr 2022

Koret Foundation aims to bolster civics education in California

Originally published in The Jewish News of Northern California


The Koret Foundation is donating money in support of civics, or “the study of the privileges and obligations of citizens.” (Creative Commons/Eric Haynes)

The San Francisco–based Koret Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.25 million to support civics education for California students.

Funds in the grant will be administered through three existing educational organizations, including two based in S.F.: the Commonwealth Club program and Common Sense Media.

The grants will be targeted primarily at the Bay Area, with some programs reaching across California. The money will go toward programming that teaches young people to understand the nature of democracy, engage proactively as citizens and keep themselves informed in an age of hyperpartisanship. The funds also will help educators bring these skills to the classroom, something that experts see as crucial to bolster the functioning of a healthy democracy.

“A new generation educated on the fundamentals of our government is the strongest way to ensure democracy for decades to come,” said Michael Boskin, president of the Koret Foundation.