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United Philanthropy Forum and CGLR Partner to Combat Pandemic-Related Learning Loss

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

United Philanthropy Forum and The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) have joined in partnership to combat the long-term consequences of pandemic-precipitated learning loss facing children of economically challenged families, fragile families and those who are marginalized.

In a study done by McKinsey & Company, eloquently referred to as “the hurt that could last a lifetime,” models of three epidemiological scenarios were weighed. In each scenario, students remained at risk for significant learning loss. The study further concluded that such learning losses would greatly impact those already sensitive communities, as mentioned above. 

The Forum and CGLR have established the partnership on behalf of the 90+ PSOs and 350+philanthropy-supported community coalitions in our respective networks. Many local and regional funders represented by the PSO members of the Forum –and national and regional PSOs themselves –are already working to mitigate the myriad challenges presented by the pandemic.

We intend to set forth a collaborative effort to strengthen ongoing and emerging philanthropic action to prevent learning loss. Our partnership will learn from, share broadly, and build upon those efforts via CGLR’s Community Learning for Impact and Improvement Platform (CLIP), developed with generous support from Chan-Zuckerberg and Overdeck Family Foundation.