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About Us

We are an independent foundation sharing free evidence-based lessons on school leadership, afterschool, summer learning, social/emotional learning and the arts. Formed in 2003, The Wallace Foundation is a philanthropy based in New York City this is working nationally to answer important questions that, if solved, could help strengthen practices and policies within a field.
​​​​​​​​A guidebook offers seven field-tested tools to help education leaders carry out and sustain institutional change.

Our history

Explore our half-century of history

The Wallace Foundation traces its origins back more than a half century to the philanthropic impulses of DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Giving freely of their time and the wealth amassed from the “little magazine” they launched in 1922, the Wallaces contributed generously to a wide assortment of artistic, cultural and educational causes during their lifetimes. 

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Our Core Commitments and Values

Our approach to accomplishing our mission is driven by our core commitments and values.


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Board of Directors

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