Who we are
For more than 60 years, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has awarded more than $150 million in grants to Ohio’s non-religious, public PK-12 school programs for a wide variety of projects and initiatives that foster DEEP LEARNING and EXCELLENT TEACHING. Begun in 1959 as a joint effort of Martha Holden Jennings and her nephew, Arthur S. Holden, the Foundation has sought to support the highest quality teaching, and teachers, across Ohio.
“Did we do a little good today?”
— Arthur S. Holden, Jr.
How we work
We believe the capacity to foster the development of Ohio’s students is primarily built by the teaching profession and partners that are committed to deep learning and excellent teaching.
It is our aim to support teachers, school leaders, and their partners in providing enriching learning environments so that students become empowered to learn and think deeply, enabling them to develop their passions, direct their lives, become responsible and contributing individuals, and achieve sustained, personal success.
Our activities focus on three specific areas
we feel have the greatest impact:
Provide leadership as a thought partner connecting educators, institutions and experts across disciplines.
Invest in grant projects that show thoughtful planning and the potential for lasting impact on students’ growth and learning.
Recognize the excellence of Ohio’s teachers and leaders who have demonstrated outstanding work.
Grantees in action
Follow us to hear the latest from all across Ohio:
“The Foundation gives us hope...(and) provides us with opportunities
to think big.”
-Jack Hatert, Assistant Principal
Yellow Springs, OH
Highlights of students experiencing
actively and deeply drawn in to learning
engaged in multi-step learning
conducting multi-faceted analysis
inspiring new thinking and behaviors
encouraged to be self-directed, critical thinkers
collaborating with peers, debating and discussing
expressing creativity and connections across disciplines
experiencing self-satisfaction and intellectual curiosity
Highlights of a teacher demonstrating
presents an intellectually challenging and globally-aware curriculum
is thoughtful, creative and caring, ensuring access for every student
inspires a life-long love of learning
connects concepts with personal experience
uses technology as a tool to further learning
collaborates and communicates with colleagues and parents
assumes responsibility for his/her professional growth and development