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Building Equity Initiative

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In 2016 we launched the Building Equity Initiative, an unprecedented effort to make it easier and more affordable for public charter schools to find, secure and renovate facilities. The goal is to alleviate the time and energy educators spend finding and securing buildings so more resources can go directly to students and teachers.

The Building Equity Initiative marks the first time philanthropists have tried to catalyze system-wide improvements in how high performing public charter schools access facilities financing.

Through the Building Equity Initiative, there is now a large network of real estate experts, lenders, financiers, technical assistance providers and more resources available to help public charter schools when financing and securing facilities.
Year 3 Report
“While building a new school is about providing a high quality option for students in Indianapolis, it’s also about investing in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood and responding to what we’re hearing from its members.”
– Andy Seibert, Executive Director, KIPP Indy Public Schools
January 27, 2020
Better school facilities, better schools
June 28, 2016
The Initiative will enable at least 250,000 additional students to enroll in high-quality charter schools by 2027
April 4, 2018
The Walton Family Foundation is working to improve K-12 outcomes for all students by ensuring access to high-quality educational options that prepare them for a lifetime of opportunity. The foundation has invested more than $1 billion to date to improve all types of schools — traditional district, public charter and private — and to support innovative organizations that share a common goal: to give all families the ability to choose the best school for their child, regardless of their ZIP code.
January 27, 2020
Grants to support appropriate and affordable facilities for schools in Opportunity Zones and other under-resourced communities
BEI Lending Funds
“The Facilities Investment Fund financing allowed Great Hearts Texas to continue to move forward with its growth plans in San Antonio, TX by making lower cost term financing available with no prepayment penalties.”
– Ron Zoromski, Chief Financial Officer, Great Hearts America
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Big Challenges Require Bold Solutions
Walton Family Foundation Launches Two New Non-profit Lending Funds
"Partnering with the Equitable Facilities Fund on our financing is a charter leader's dream come true. The philanthropic component of this investment coupled with the lower interest rate translates into real savings on facility costs for our school."
– David Williams, CEO, Village Tech Schools
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