Fund for Education Excellence



Baltimore, MD

Tax-Exempt Status:



Education fundraiser and grantmaker

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The Fund for Education Excellence is a nonprofit organization that raises money and supports educational programming in Baltimore City, Maryland public school system. 1


The Fund for Educational Excellence funds and administers various programs in Baltimore City public schools. One of these programs is called Heart of the Schools, a year-round initiative that honors Baltimore City public school principals with awards, parties, and a year-round grant program called the Heart of the School Fund that enables them to apply for funding for resources and school enhancements. This fund has awarded approximately $450,000 in grants for more than 125 projects. 2

The Fund also runs workshops to assist students and families in choosing a school, publishes reports that provides information about education issues, and runs an early childhood development program that provides parents with parenting strategies called the Chicago Parent Program (ChiPP). The Fund provides financial and grant management to nonprofit organizations and community programs, managing about $57,000,000 for its clients over the past six years. 3 It also raises funds for Baltimore City Public Schools by applying for grants from institutions like the U.S Department of Education. It has raised more than $16,000,000 over the last two years. 4


The Fund has received grants from various left-of-center institutions such as a $12 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 5 The Fund also received at $250,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 6 one of the largest foundations in the United States. 7 The Fund received a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 8 a grantmaking foundation that funds organizations and communities in the subject areas of education, the environment, local issues related to Flint, Michigan, and civil society. 9


Roger Schulman is the president and CEO of the Fund for Educational Excellence. Since he joined the organization, the Fund has managed and secured over $85 million in public and private funds. Before joining the Fund, Schulman started his career as a teacher in Baltimore City public schools and has worked in education in Baltimore City and other large districts across the United States for about 30 years. 10

Chuck Adkins is the chief financial officer of the Fund for Educational Excellence, where he oversees all aspects of the organization’s finances, strategic fiscal planning, and human resources. Before joining the organization, Adkins had 15 years of experience working as the CFO to several nonprofit organizations that focused on environmental standards, education, established nonprofit best practices, and social services. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a master’s degree and taught graduate courses in nonprofit management. 11


  1. “About Us.” Fund for Educational Excellence. Last modified April 30, 2020.
  2.  “Heart of the Schools.” Fund for Educational Excellence. Last modified October 22, 2021.
  3. “Finance and Grants Management.” Fund for Educational Excellence. Last modified January 28, 2021.
  4. “District Fundraising.” Fund for Educational Excellence. Last modified April 24, 2020.
  5. “Fund for Educational Excellence.” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Accessed September 16, 2022.
  6. “Fund for Educational Excellence.” MacArthur Foundation. Accessed September 19, 2022.
  7. “Our History.” MacArthur Foundation. Accessed September 19, 2022.
  8. Hernandez, Joey. “Maryland Statewide Afterschool Network.” Mott Foundation. Last modified July 20, 2020.
  9. “2017 Annual Report.” Mott Foundation. Accessed September 16, 2022.
  10. “Staff.” Fund for Educational Excellence. Last modified September 12, 2022.
  11. “Staff.” Fund for Educational Excellence. Last modified September 12, 2022.
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Fund for Education Excellence

Baltimore, MD