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April 9, 2023

Mellon Foundation Awards Educopia $2.1 Million for Organizational Capacity Building

The Educopia Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge, is proud to announce it has received a $2.1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation. The grant will support the organization’s capacity building efforts from April 2023 to March 2026.

The Mellon Foundation, known for its support of organizations that advance the humanities and the arts, recognizes the importance of the Educopia Institute’s mission and is committed to supporting its work. Educopia has a proven track record of fostering sustainable, collaborative communities actively producing, sharing, and providing long-term access to knowledge.

“We’re grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their partnership, support, and guidance,” said co-director Jessica Meyerson. “With this general operating support, Educopia will expand its capacity to serve as a backbone to communities and collective action initiatives across the knowledge sector.”

“We are honored to receive this grant and look forward to the opportunities it will create,” said co-director Racquel Asante. Co-director Katherine Kim stated, “Our staff and Board are committed to Educopia’s mission, and we’re excited to see how this grant will allow us to continue to grow and evolve in service of that mission. This capacity-building funding will enable us to hire new staff members, undergo equity-centered strategic planning, expand staff training, and improve infrastructure. We look forward to sharing and documenting our journey as we learn through implementation.”


About Educopia

The Educopia Institute empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge. We believe in the power of connection and collaboration. In all of our work, we encourage knowledge sharing and network building across institutions, communities, and sectors. Our strengths include community cultivation and administrative backbone support services for collaborative communities. Educopia also develops and manages applied research projects that benefit our affiliated communities and the broader information fields of libraries, archives, and museums. 


To learn more about the Educopia Institute and its work, please contact: to reach co-directors Racquel Asante, Jessica Meyerson, and Katherine Kim.