All foundations follow guidelines to define the parameters of their giving practice, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is no exception. According to the guidelines set down by our Board of Trustees, the EJK Foundation can support programs in public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its protectorates. To qualify for funding from the EJK Foundation, the Board of Trustees requires that schools meet the following criteria:
- The curriculum, pay scale, budgets and rules must be created, controlled and administered by the local public Department of Education.
- The quality assessment and viability of a school must be entirely in the purview of the Department of Education.
- Teachers must be licensed as qualified instructors by the Department of Education.
- Teachers on staff are union members and have union representation (except in states where public employees are prohibited from collective bargaining).
- The operation of the school does not earn profits for shareholders of corporations designed to treat the creation, housing or management of the school as a money-making operation.
Once again, all foundations focus their giving practice according to the dictates of their Trustees. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has supported programs in public schools as defined above for over 30 years and will continue to do so.