Lumina Foundation’s Equity Imperative


  • Lumina Foundation
    An independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.

    In 2012, Lumina Foundation made 70 grants for a total commitment of more than $30 million. The median amount for these 70 grants was $435,761 with the largest grant of $1,596,900. In 2013, Lumina Foundation made 96 grants for a total commitment of nearly $63 million.

    Starting in 2013, Lumina grants focus on two imperatives: Mobilizing to Reach Goal 2025 and Designing & Building a 21st Century Higher Education System. For more information about Lumina’s grant making, please visit:
  • Lumina Foundation’s Equity Imperative
    While the face of America is changing, economic and social inequities among racial and ethnic groups persist. Historical and current patterns of discrimination, segregation and racism continue to foster disparities that make it increasingly difficult to achieve “the American dream.” Native American, African American and Latino students are disproportionately poor, have less access to quality education, and are underrepresented in positions of power. Without intentional and focused efforts to address inequality in our society, the gaps will only continue to grow.