The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation handed out $31 million in 2013, including $2.5 million to establish the online learning Khan Academy in 47 schools serving 13,000 Idaho students.
The largest grant, $3.3 million, went to form centers for innovation and learning at Northwest Nazarene University and the University of Idaho. The Doceo Centers are aimed at giving teachers a deeper knowledge of the role of technology in instruction.
In the past 16 years, the Albertson Foundation has contributed almost $600 million to education.
The foundation was begun in 1966 by supermarket magnate Joe Albertson and his wife Kathryn. In the mid-1990s, Kathryn Albertson gave the foundation $600 million in Albertson stock, which significantly boosted the foundations annual giving. Kathryn Albertson died in 2002 at the age of 93.
Over the years, the foundation has poured millions into reading programs, computer software and a campaign to get more Idaho kids to go on to post-secondary education.
Major grants this year included:
- $2.9 million to the Idaho Leads Project to increase professional development and leadership in schools.
- $1.8 million to provide support, including financial assistance, to help students complete their post-secondary education at Idaho community colleges and technical programs.
- $1.2 million to 20 Idaho high schools and middle schools to help get more students to go on to post-secondary education.