The focus of the Louis Calder Foundation, based in New Canaan, CT, is education reform. It supports academic programs throughout the country that offer families alternatives to underperforming public schools. It focuses on four funding areas: charter and parochial schools, teacher and leadership development, capital projects, and policy research. The Foundation Center asked Holly Nuechterlein, the Calder Foundation's grant program director:
How did the Louis Calder Foundation come to support alternative education models, and what strategies did you find effective in establishing these programs?