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How the school fund works


We partner with local organizations

The School Fund works with a network of cost-effective organizations, ranging from high performing private schools to community-based organizations that support students attending local public schools. All partners are carefully vetted.


Partners select students for scholarships

At The School Fund, we believe that local organizations are best qualified to select students. (We do provide guidance when asked). Field partners identify high potential students who are economically disadvantaged. Each partner has a unique selection process tailored to local needs.


We fundraise and track student progress

We feature students on our website so donors can crowdfund their scholarships. 100% of individual donations directly fund students’ scholarships. The School Fund ensures that students are enrolled by collecting receipts from schools and visiting partners in the field. We also track students’ progress through school.

The people who make it happen

  • Tim McKenna
    Executive Director
  • Matt Severson
  • Eric Dodge
    Programs Officer
  • Stephanie Skryzowksi
    Finance Officer
  • Fatima Saadullah
    Marketing Intern
  • Dan Barritt
    Former Senior UX Researcher Google and Microsoft
  • Kurt Davis Jr.
    Investment Banker, Houlihan Lokey | Treasurer, TSF
  • Andrew Perrault
    CS PhD Student, University of Toronto | Secretary, TSF
  • Denis Severson
    Former Software Engineer
    Xerox and Google
  • Matt Severson
    MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School | Chair, TSF
  • Prerana Vaidya
    Founder & CEO
  • Maria Xenidou
    Strategic Advisor & Entrepreneur
  • Abaarso School
    Hargesia, Somaliland
  • ASEM
    Beira, Mozambique
  • Beyond Fistula
  • Condor Trust for Education
    Quito, Ecuador
  • IEFT / Orkeswa School
  • Kenya Connect
  • Kenya Education Fund
    Thika Town, Kenya
  • Milaan
  • Mosqoy
    Cusco, Peru
  • Wema Children's Centre
    Bukembe Village, Bungoma, Kenya
  • 11th Hour Project
  • Better World Books
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • Chegg
  • Google
  • Heising Simons Foundation
  • Inner Fire Apparel
  • RED Academy
  • Shinnyo-en Foundation
  • Skees Family Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Brin Wojcicki Foundation
  • Dan & Catharine Garber
  • Severson Family Fund
  • Tim Carlberg
    Senior Project Manager
    Skoll Foundation
  • Michael Childress
    Senior Programs Advisor
  • Finn Harries
    Designer & Filmmaker
    Co-Creator, Jacksgap
  • Radhika Malpani
    Engineering Director
  • Michael Pope
    Managing Director
    Vert Capital
  • James Seymour-Lock
    Founder & Developer
    Simple as Milk
For questions, comments or to contact the School Fund directly, please email us at hello@theschoolfund.org.