Developing City-Based Funding Strategies: Investments to Create a Robust Charter Sector

May 2011, the National Charter School Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a full-day conference to explore emerging city-based movements that embrace high-quality charter schools as an integral component of their reform strategies. To continue the discussions from that day, Public Impact authored a series of white papers that take a deeper look into three of the topics raised at the conference—city-based funding strategies, building a robust pipeline of talented teachers and leaders, and innovation in incubating new charter schools. In this white paper, Public Impact explores four questions philanthropies should consider as they decide where and how to make strategic investments in their local charter sector that will yield the greatest impact.