The Ballmer Group – the philanthropic organization of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie – have committed to a five-year, $10 million grant to NAZ!

“The grant should inspire and challenge all Twin Cities business and civic leaders to lean in and work together in support of NAZ,” General Mills CEO Ken Powell said.

NAZ will use a portion of its campaign investment to launch a 3-year early-learning scholarship fund of $1 million a year for low-income NAZ families.
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Focused on Outcomes

Our success is gauged by measurable outcomes for children and families. Working with our evaluation teams from Wilder Research and the University of Minnesota, we will show measurable improvements over time in closing the achievement gap. Our long-term outcomes include:

  1. Increase kindergarten readiness from 28% to 80%
  2. Reading at grade-level by third grade from 16% to 70%
  3. Grade-level math proficiency by eighth grade from 29% to 70%
  4. Graduating on time, prepared for college from 51% to 80%

See our latest progress against these goals on our Results page.

Note that baseline data reflects 2011-12 data, except reading which reflects the 2012-2013 results based on the new standard test.