Funding for think tanks with an interest in education policy – 2 – Civitas

The available information for Civitas’ funding is rather different from that for Policy Exchange. Whereas PX acknowledges individual funders in its reports but provides little information elsewhere, Civitas publications, if they mention funding at all, tend to have a blanket statement:

‘Civitas is financed from a variety of private sources to avoid over-reliance on any single small group of donors.’

So it is not possible to say that any particular funder has more or less connection with Civitas’ education-related publications. However, Civitas supplied a mostly anonymized list of funders for 2011 to WhoFundsYou which is available here; just over two thirds of the funding listed for that year came from the Reece Foundation in three separate donations. The Reece Foundation was founded by Alan Reece, who died in December 2012; its stated main interests are in supporting and improving education in maths, physics, and engineering.

Powerbase’s entry for Civitas is here, and Civitas lists its education-related publications here. Between them, Policy Exchange and Civitas are a very powerful force in the shaping of current educational policy. It is worth noting that Tristram Hunt has written for them in the past.

Civitas’ accounts list expenditure on various education-related activities.

The accounts for 2010 list: Curriculum Project (£7,720); Dyslexia Bursary Project (£1,293); New Model School Project (£138,191); New Model School Project (Designated Fund) (£4, 659); New Model School Bursary Project (£6, 960); Our Island Story Project (£1,376); Supplementary Schools Project (£285, 706). There was also a ‘Science and Technology Project’ (£108, 871). See p. 16 o fthese accounts for notes on the New Model School Project.

The accounts for 2011 list: Curriculum Project (£96,273); Dyslexia Bursary Project (£2,268); Girls Education Project (£1,200); Our Island Story Project (£171); Supplementary Schools Project (£356,911).

The accounts for 2012 list: Curriculum Project (£166,331); Dyslexia Bursary Project (£1,349); Girls Education Project (£1,520); Our Island Story Project (£1,800); Supplementary Schools Project (£396, 286).

NB Civitas Schools runs as a separate financial entity., and I’m awaiting clarification from Civitas of the formal relationship (or indeed whether there is one). Information on funding of Civitas Schools is here.

 

 

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