The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation focuses on urban poverty initiatives that directly and measurably transform the outcomes of impoverished urban children around the globe. With a focus on urban education in the United States, they have funded initiatives that create a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration and innovation through the systematic use of data at all levels of educational administration--from the classroom to the school board room to the statehouse. In California, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation invested to strengthen the performance management of high-quality charter management organizations and helped the entire California charter school movement accelerate the number of quality seats through greater access to data.
Michael and Susan Dell received the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference. The Legacy Awards were created to celebrate those outstanding charter school supporters, funders, operators and elected officials who have been stewards of the movement over the last 20 years. Each Legacy Award winner represents the hope and dedication of two generations of California Charter School students.