157 years of leadership

Founded in 1867 as the Peabody Fund, the Southern Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by partners and donors committed to advancing equitable education policies and practices, especially for low-income students and students of color in the southern states. Today our work includes policy and advocacy, research and data, leadership development, and direct services for school districts and educators.

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Our Impact

Our Outcomes Based Contracting work and the Equity Assistance Center-South at SEF provide resources and services for school districts, states, and educators.

Our Impact

Our Miles to Go series and other reports have brought more attention to major issues in education. Look for more research and data in 2024.

Our Impact

We have cultivated hundreds of leaders dedicated to improving educational opportunities and making them more equitable for students of color and those in low-income families.