Annenberg Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation, a charitable family trust, was created on July 1, 1989 by media magnate and former Ambassador to the Court of St. James's Walter H. Annenberg. Initial funding of $1.2 billion came from the sale of Triangle Publications, the last media property held by Annenberg. The foundation is based in St. David's, Pennsylvania. Currently, The Foundation has a priority on granting funds for reform of elementary and secondary public school systems. The Foundation oversaw the funding of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Since its founding, it has awarded over 5,200 grants, which total in excess of $2.8 billion. cite web
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The Foundation is known for many cutting edge programs and especially for coining and developing the concept of Project Based Philanthropy. A recent example of this is Not A Cornfield Project in Los Angeles.Fact|date=February 2007

The current president, chairman and sole director of the Foundation is Leonore Annenberg, widow of Ambassador Annenberg, and a former United States Chief of Protocol. Their daughter, Wallis Annenberg is the vice president.

Annenberg Media

Annenberg Media is the arm of the foundation that is dedicated to the improvement of teaching by funding development and distribution of multimedia educational resources through a variety of channels. In addition to distributing the media directly to educational institutions and community agencies, the organization makes its complete video collection available for no cost through broadband access to its web site, along with related activities and guides. Many of its programs are aired on PBS stations around the United States; in fact, the media unit was known previously as "The Annenberg/CPB Project" because of its close work with PBS' parent organization.

The programs used to be available on the Annenberg Channel — a free digital satellite channel — but this was discontinued in October of 2008.

The original project was created in 1981 through a gift from Walter Annenberg the CPB and merged in 1999 with "The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project" (created 1990). In 2004, Annenberg/CPB became part of The Annenberg Foundation, later changing its name to Annenberg Media.

Programs developed by the media unit or by its predecessor, The Annenberg/CPB project (all developed for an audience of high school- or university-level learners), unless otherwise specified:


*"Connect With English" (1997), a serial drama with discussion segments for teaching English as a Second Language
*"" (1992), a 52-episode serial drama for teaching Spanish, in the form of a "telenovela" (a sequel, "Nuevos Destinos," was created in 1997)
*"Fokus Deutsch" (1998)
*"French in Action" (1987)

Mathematics and science

*Against All Odds: Inside Statistics
*Algebra: In Simplest Terms
*The Brain: Teaching Modules
*Cycles of Life: Exploring Biology
*Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth (microbiology)
*Journey North (wildlife migration)
*Math for All and Math for All—Plus (math for families of elementary school students, in English and Spanish)
*The Mechanical Universe…and Beyond (physics)
*The Mind: Teaching Modules (cognitive science)
*Planet Earth (Earth science and astronomy)
*Reactions in Chemistry
*Unseen Life on Earth: An Introduction to Microbiology
*The World of Chemistry

ocial sciences

*The Africans (filmed in 16 African countries)
*Bridging World History
*A Biography of America
*The Constitution: That Delicate Balance
*Death: A Personal Understanding
*Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition
*Economics U$A
*Ethics in America
*Ethics in America II
*Growing Old in a New Age
*Human Geography: People, Places, and Change (economic and cultural geography)
*Inside the Global Economy
*Out of the Past (archaeology and anthropology)
*People’s Century (world history and social studies)
*The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century
*Rural Communities: Legacy & Change
*Seasons of Life (lifespan psychology)
*The World of Abnormal Psychology


*American Cinema
*American Passages: A Literary Survey
*Art of the Western World (visual/fine arts)
*English Composition: Writing for an Audience
*Exploring the World of Music
*Literary Visions (literary analysis)
*News Writing
*Signature: Contemporary Writers (series featuring authors from the American South)
*Voices & Visions (American poetry)
*The Western Tradition (history of Western civilization)
*A World of Art: Works in Progress (art appreciation)

Programs for teachers and administrators

In addition to programming designed for students, Annenberg Media has also created video series for teacher professional development in various subjects. These series include workshops and courses and video libraries (documentary case studies) on education in arts, foreign languages, literature and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as on general topics of education theory and school reform.

Other organizations and programs of the foundation

* The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (1958)
* The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California (1971)
* The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences [] at Eisenhower Medical Center (1981)
* The Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California (1993)
* Annenberg Challenge (1993)
* Annenberg Institute for School Reform [] (1994) Brown University)
* The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania (1994) and
* The Chicago Annenberg Challenge (1990-2001)
* Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands (2001)
* Farmlab
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External links

General information

* [ Annenberg Foundation]
* [ Annenberg Political Fact Check] A nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate which monitors the factual accuracy of statements by political players
* [ Annenberg Media]
* [ Annenberg Media workshops and courses for teachers]
* [ Annenberg Center for Health Sciences]

Annenberg Media Video Series

* [ The Africans] (filmed in 16 African countries)
* [ Against All Odds: Inside Statistics]
* [ Algebra: In Simplest Terms]
* [ American Cinema]
* [ American Passages: A Literary Survey]
* [ Art of the Western World] (visual/fine arts)
* [ The Brain: Teaching Modules]
* [ Bridging World History]
* [ A Biography of America]
* [ The Constitution: That Delicate Balance]
* [ Death: A Personal Understanding]
* [ Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition]
* [ Earth Revealed] (geology)
* [ Economics U$A]
* [ English Composition: Writing for an Audience]
* [ Ethics in America]
* [ Ethics in America II]
* [ Exploring the World of Music]
* [ Growing Old in a New Age]
* [ Human Geography: People, Places, and Change] (economic and cultural geography)
* [ Inside the Global Economy]
* [ Journey North] (wildlife migration)
* [ Literary Visions] (literary analysis)
* [ Math for All] and [ Math for All—Plus] (math for families of elementary school students, in English and Spanish)
* [ The Mechanical Universe…and Beyond] (physics)
* [ The Mind: Teaching Modules] (cognitive science)
* [ News Writing]
* [ Out of the Past] (archaeology and anthropology)
* [ Planet Earth] (Earth science and astronomy)
* [ The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century]
* [ Reactions in Chemistry]
* [ Rural Communities: Legacy & Change]
* [ Seasons of Life] (lifespan psychology)
* [ Signature: Contemporary Writers] (series featuring authors from the American South)
* [ Unseen Life on Earth: An Introduction to Microbiology]
* [ Voices & Visions] (American poetry)
* [ The Western Tradition] (history of Western civilization)
* [ The World of Abnormal Psychology]
* [ A World of Art: Works in Progress] (art appreciation)
* [ The World of Chemistry]

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