As a provider of highly skilled professional services, Deloitte depends on the availability of a strong, diverse, educated workforce.
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization which supports education in the US through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation.
RightStep is one of the components of Deloitte Foundation’s strategy to address education needs across America, and we are committing time, talent and resources to help low-income students prepare for and persist through high school and college, and then transition to a career.
Deloitte Foundation opened the RightStep Education Fund which allows Deloitte professionals to make personal donations used to invest in non-profits that support the mission of RightStep. Examples of organizations and programs that could be supported by the Fund are Posse Foundation, City Year, College Summit, Reasoning Mind, Spark, Citizen Schools, Cornerstone School in Detroit, United Way’s education programs throughout the country, and Deloitte Foundation initiatives.
The Deloitte Foundation also sponsors the Deloitte RightStep Innovation Prize, designed to help scale the next cutting edge approach to education by recognizing a 501(c)(3) organization or a for-profit organization with a social mission that has a proven approach that leverages technology innovatively to achieve key outcomes in education. Deloitte awards $100,000 in cash, the opportunity to receive $100,000 of pro bono services to help the organization scale and access to Deloitte’s extensive network.
Last year, we reached more than 240,000 students across the US, through financial investment, volunteerism and pro bono projects, and we have supported more than 400 colleges and universities through Deloitte Foundation education programs and initiatives.
Thanks to donations from more than 1,900 Deloitte professionals to the RightStep Education Fund, Deloitte is able to support and team with Strive for College, an education non-profit with a successful track record of serving low-income high-school students. Through this relationship, Deloitte professionals can virtually mentor these students and help them navigate college and career choices and the college application process. More than 2,000 Deloitte professionals currently serve as in-person mentors with a variety of local non-profits.
One of the RightStep Innovation Prize winners was Reasoning Mind, an organization committed to providing a first-rate math education for every child by implementing an interactive online math curriculum in partnership with school districts and by providing robust teacher training to reinforce this innovative approach in classrooms.