Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

  • Ohio

About Us

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, is a nationally-recognized non-profit research organization and charter school sponsor (authorizer) in Ohio, with offices in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C.


Our mission

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (and its affiliated Foundation) promote educational excellence for every child in America via quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as advocacy and charter school authorizing in Ohio.


Our work in Dayton

In Dayton, Ohio, however our roots go deeper. The Fordham Foundation - created by Thelma Fordham Pruett, in 1959- made grants to support good works in Dayton and vicinity for almost four decades. Fast forward to 2005, TBFF became a charter-school sponsor (aka "authorizer"). Our sponsorship operation, based in Dayton, today serves 13 schools statewide.


Our work in Dayton focuses on three areas: sponsoring charter schools, standards reviews for high poverty schools, and philanthropy.




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