InvestED is a statewide education nonprofit which helps low-income students “get to school, engage in school, and graduate.” Each academic year, InvestED provides funding to nearly 700 secondary schools across Washington State.
Many of the young people served are brilliant and talented – but they’re experiencing financial hardships beyond their control. Far too many kids struggle to access basic needs like nutrition, clothing, transportation, or purchasing ASB cards which are required to participate in school activities. These students could take the advanced level coursework, or star on their school’s sports teams, or be musical standouts in their school’s band; but, they simply don’t have the money to pay for AP and IB course fees, athletic equipment and fees, or even renting musical instruments for the year. For nearly 60 years, InvestED has been stepping in to help fill these gaps.
During the 2020-21 academic year – thanks to generous support from donors and partners – InvestED’s funding assisted more than 320,000 students in need statewide. That’s nearly 1 in 3 students enrolled in Washington’s K-12 public schools. See some examples of the impact.