Since its inception, TAP has received generous support from the following organizations:
Milken Family Foundation
The Milken Family Foundation was established by brothers Lowell and Michael Milken in 1982 with the mission to discover and advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. The Foundation advances this mission primarily through its work in education and medical research.
Lowell Milken Family Foundation
The Lowell Milken Family Foundation (LMFF) is based on a core belief that human capital remains the world’s most important asset. And education remains the best means for cultivating human capital by providing young people with the skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare them for rewarding and productive lives. Committed to "strengthening communities through innovation and education," LMFF is dedicated to developing solutions for societal challenges through improving the K-12 education system and opportunities for life-long learning. The Foundation focuses its efforts on groundbreaking and comprehensive initiatives that provide powerful opportunities for educators, students and people of all ages.
United States Department of Education
TAP has received federal funding through grants from the United States Department of Education, including the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF). The Department has described TAP as "a new path to follow" and praised TAP for giving teachers opportunities to improve their skills, take on more responsibilities and get rewarded for making a real difference in the classroom.
Established in 1948 by Beatrice Joyce Kean of Chicago, the Joyce Foundation supports efforts to protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes, to reduce poverty and violence in the region and to ensure that its people have access to good schools, decent jobs and a diverse and thriving culture. In the realm of education, the Foundation works to close the achievement gap by improving the quality of teachers in schools that serve low-income and minority children, expanding early childhood education and promoting innovations such as charter schools and small schools.
Credit Suisse Americas Foundation
Credit Suisse works with its partner organizations for the good of the community and looks for ways to improve the standard of living of people around the world. The Credit Suisse Americas Foundation seeks to address societal challenges in the communities where the company employees live and work. The foundation also support schools and educational causes that offer effective opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation
Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, the Koret Foundation addresses societal challenges by investing in strategic solutions that promote educational opportunity, contribute to a diverse cultural landscape and bolster organizations that are innovative in their approaches to meeting community needs. The foundation was seeded with the estates of Joseph and Stephanie Koret.
We would also like to recognize individual supporters of the TAP effort around the country.
Erik Hanushek, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"The evaluation of TAP schools clearly shows that teachers in the program are significantly better than the average teacher in regular public schools. More TAP teachers are above average in terms of student achievement gains. Fewer are far below. This finding is very notable given the importance of teachers to student achievement."