We embrace a culture of learning within the Foundation. We proactively share what we learn to inspire transformation in systems beyond our direct reach.

We want to understand how to create the greatest impact as a philanthropic actor. Our partners help us by contributing perspectives, experiences, and resources. These refine our collective thinking and help us gain support for changes to systems. We share the results of our research and evaluation efforts, and openly reflect on our lessons learned and the ideas and insights generated by our teams, peers, and partners.


28 March 2023

Accelerating the impact of education solutions

The LEAP challenge seeks applications from education organizations serving children ages 2-12 that are focused on demonstrating the effectiveness of their solution and accelerating its impact through a stronger connection to evidence. Though not an eligibility requirement, we have a special interest in applications from organizations with solutions that embrace learning variability in typically developing children aged 2-12.

What we learn March 2023
20 March 2023

Spring edition of our What We Learn newsletter

Our latest What We Learn newsletter includes updates about the Foundation in action, news from across our network, our insights, and a list of what we are reading. The Jacobs Foundation’s spring edition of their What We Learn newsletter is now available.

New Research Agenda
16 March 2023

Launch of Our New Research Agenda

Today we are proud to launch our exciting new research agenda to guide our work until 2030. Through our research agenda, we will further the science of learning variability to provide quality learning opportunities to every child.

The Text Klaus J. Jacobs Awards / Research Prize
22 February 2023

Call for Nominations for the 2023 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

The Jacobs Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2023 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming at improving learning, development, and living conditions of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, computer sciences, and medical sciences.





Every child has an enormous capacity to learn and must be given an equal opportunity to thrive. This philosophy and ambition form the bedrock of the Jacobs Foundation’s work. Watch why our work will continue to be necessary until all children enjoy the same opportunities to learn.

Reports & Studies

Annual Report 2022

The Annual Reports provide a comprehensive overview of the Jacobs Foundation’s activities, institution, and finances.

Formative Assessment Spotlight – Improving Learning for Every Child

The Jacobs Foundation and Finnish education organization HundrED have released a new report highlighting 14 formative assessment solutions that support teaching and learning.

Annual Report 2021

The Annual Reports provide a comprehensive overview of the Jacobs Foundation’s activities, institution, and finances.


CEPS study on the socio-political work of nonprofit organizations and grantmaking foundations.

Transforming social policy, education, and children’s lives

The Jacobs Foundation program Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) published a report today, documenting work over the last five years to improve the living conditions of farmers and their children in Côte d’Ivoire.

OECD Survey on Social and Emotional Skills

The OECD Survey on Social and Emotional Skills survey identifies and assesses the conditions and practices that foster or hinder the development of social and emotional skills for 10- and 15-year-old students from around the world.


Emerald & Jacobs Foundation Vol. 1 – Impact in education through research-practice partnerships

Research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are structured collaborations between practitioners – so the agencies with responsibility for delivering education, such as schools and the bodies governing and administering them, and those researching in the field of education such as universities, research institutions, or other groups that conduct research.

Emerald & Jacobs Foundation Vol. 2 – Impact in education through embedding research into school-level practice

How can research and data uncover the best practices in schools around the world and help school leaders make decisions around what strategies and tools to use? Find out what resources school leaders and teachers need, particularly those in under-resourced education systems, and how they can be supported by the wider research community

BOLD – Teachers’ Voices: How gender equality in education can benefit all children

How can teachers promote gender equality? How easy is it to start challenging stereotypes in the classroom? Can gender responsive pedagogies help break down the barriers holding girls back?

The BOLD podcast: How do children generate new ideas?

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs.