How Companies Can Help Fix Schools

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

Civil rights leader



The global gap in access to high-quality education—and the ability of underprivileged students to achieve the same level of success as their peers—has been drastically exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the United States, federal pandemic aid for K–12 schools is set to expire in the fall of 2024; and that means parents and their colleagues are stepping up to help close the gap and help all our young learners thrive. 

There is no one way to educate all our students. From town to town, state to state, and nation to nation, the reality of our methodology, funding, and service delivery can look quite different. In the struggle to improve access and outcomes, companies have a unique role to play especially by working alongside our nonprofit partners.


In this toolkit, you will find nonprofits that advocate for equity in education, so that students of all ethnic, racial, and class backgrounds have a chance to live up to their true potential. 


What is Deed’s “Cause of the Month” initiative?


Deed launched our “Cause of the Month” initiative in response to the important moments we see happening in the world around us. With our toolkits, we aim to inspire our client-partners and rally employees to become volunteers, donors, and leaders by supporting causes they really care about. 


With “Cause of the Month,” we aim to bring greater context to periods of observance—from Pride Month to Women's History Month—such that anyone who reads our toolkit will have a clear plan of action for how to maintain their support today, tomorrow, for the rest of the month, and throughout the year. 


What will I get in every “Cause of the Month” toolkit? 


While every “Cause of the Month” toolkit has unique insights and engagement opportunities relevant to each particular cause, you can always expect us to cover certain areas.


For a better idea of what you’ll be getting, here’s what’s included in our Education toolkit: 


  • Volunteering and giving opportunities in the U.S. and around the world.
  • In-depth look at specific cause areas, including: women and girls, learning differences, LGBTQIA+ youth, and more. 
  • A calendar of awareness days in August.
  • Employee and employee resource group (ERG) engagement ideas, as well as a walkthrough of how to craft a social impact campaign around education.
  • Recommendations of worthwhile books, podcasts, and films on issues of importance to education.

Preview: “Cause of the Month: Education”



Employees want to step up for their children's schools


As parents, we try to play as active role as we see fit in our children's education. Today, picking up the baton in the long struggle for equal access to quality education means finding creative ways to devote much-needed resources to the young learners who need them most. 


Deed is a workplace giving and volunteering platform that puts people first, because user experience shouldn’t stand between you and doing good. We help CSR and DEIB teams foster genuine human connection by empowering employees to support causes they care about together in-person and online. Backed by PayPal and a solid infrastructure of trusted payment processors, our Fortune 500 partners support +2 million nonprofits with ease. And together, our community is doing more good deeds everyday at work, at home, in our neighborhoods, and all over the world.


For help rallying your employees around education this August, reach out now and receive the full “Cause of the Month: Education” toolkit. 




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