NEF: Top Ranking Education Foundation in Bexar County

For the fourth consecutive year, NEF is the top ranked education foundation in Bexar County and among the top 50 in the nation. The nation’s only study and ranking of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation,” has ranked NEF 43rd. 

Stepping Up looked at eight key performance categories to determine the ranking: total revenue; revenues per student; total assets; assets per student; grant and program expenses; grant and program expenses per student; investment income; and volunteers.

According to the report, this year's study expanded from 188 to 191 K-12 education foundations from 219 school districts, which represent the education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts (by student population), as well as top-performing foundations in smaller school districts.

Other Texas Foundations rounded out the top 50: Barbers Hill (#10); Frisco (#23); Irving (#30); San Antonio Education Partnership (#38); Cy-Fair (#41); Humble (#47); and Spring Branch (#49).

In addition to the overall national rankings, Foundations are ranked by division based on annual revenue. NEF ranked #5 in the Top 10 of Division 2.  

The purpose of the Stepping Up Study is to advocate the importance of K-12 education foundations while recognizing those that do it best.

To review the full Stepping Up study, visit

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