The “New Education Majority” poll is a new annual poll from The Education Fund that seeks to capture the beliefs of new majority parents and families so that decisionmakers can make better choices about the education our children receive.
In an economy with widening income inequality and persistent poverty, there are many concrete steps that the nation can and must take to begin to turn the tide. We work to inform key stakeholders about economic security policy solutions that will help close gaps and increase opportunities for communities facing persistent disadvantage, including vulnerable children and families of color.
Voting rights are one of the key pillars of democracy. The ability to vote—to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, communities, and country—is at the core of what it means to be an American.
Access to communications and technology is vital to thriving in our nation’s 21st century economy. Our work includes ensuring that new technologies further, not hinder, civil rights protections, and expanding media diversity and access to broadband.

Highlights of Recent Work

The rules governing national, state and local workplaces have a direct impact on the lives of working people and their families. The Leadership Conference Education Fund Report, In Their Own Words: Working People and the Need for Policies that Provide Economic Security, offers lessons through the lives of real people about concrete policy solutions that support and sustain working people and their families. The report includes recommendations for raising the minimum wage, requiring paid sick days and paid family leave, implementing fair scheduling policies, expanding access to healthcare, and addressing basic living standards.

Communities Against Hate is a national initiative to collect data and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate around the United States. The initiative is led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and  partner organizations representing diverse communities that reflect the fabric of America. Go to: to learn more.


The Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship was established by The Leadership Conference Education Fund to honor Carol Pitchersky, a social justice fundraising pioneer. The purpose of the Fellowship is to: expand the fundraising capacity of the nation’s social justice community and offer opportunities for career training and advancement to minority professionals engaged in development efforts regarding social justice. To read more about the program, click here.

The Education Fund co-convened, with Americans for Financial Reform and Georgetown Law Center’s Center on Privacy and Technology, a conference on “Big Data, Civil Rights, and Lending.” The conference focused on the benefits and risks of new data usage for vulnerable communities; and addressed how advocates, industry, and regulators could promote data practices that are beneficial for vulnerable communities and more closely scrutinize practices that may be harmful.


Blog: Unfinished Business