Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Headquarters Location: 
Year established: 
1999
Country(ies) of Operation: 
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At the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, education-related grants and mission investing make up about two-thirds of their global giving. They focus on improving student performance, ensuring consistent quality of education and increasing access to schools.

In the US,  they fund programs that focus on:

  • Performance-driven education
  • College preparation and completion, including¬† the Dell Scholars Program
  • Human capital (educator and school leader training)
  • Quality school options
  • Academic and after-school programs

In India, they fund programs that focus on:

  • In-school and after-school academic programs that measurably increase student learning levels
  • Integrated school excellence programs that focus on improving leadership and teacher capabilities and processes, and on improving operations
  • High-quality, standardized data and assessment evaluations that enable insights into-and improvement of-student outcomes, instructional quality and school performance

In South Africa, their goal is to ensure that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are admitted to university, that they graduate and that they obtain long-term employment. their initial investments are in the Dell Young Leaders scholarship program, which provides holistic support to vulnerable South African university students to help them through graduation and beyond.

Funding Priorities

Primary funding mechanism: 
Range of typical investment size: 
Under $100,000
$100,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1 million
$1 million and up
Typical length of investment: 
Most are for 2-3 years of guaranteed support
Size of overall portfolio: 
$10 million and up
Breakdown of funding portfolio: